Causes & Cures in the Classroom:
Getting to the Root of academic and Behavior Problems
by Margaret Searle (being read by Bobbi)
What I love about this book is the quick flow charts to get at identifying the root cause of a problem. One flow chart dissects possible root causes of reading comprehension difficulties. I have used the flow charts to begin collaborative discussions during a team coaching session.
Practice Perfect: 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better
by Doug Lemov (being read by Bobbi)
This book was given to me by a recent acquaintance I made at a CCSS meeting - an amazing literacy coordinator from Appleton, WI.
The Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain
by Maryanne Wolf (being read by Jaimie)
This book offers some wonderful insight into the reading brain and has given me many things to ponder, wonder, and think about. A great professional book that is written almost in the form of a novel.
by Adrienne Gear (being read by Jaimie)
This book promotes the use of effective strategies for teaching reading comprehension, specifically focusing on what students do while they are reading.
by Leah Mermelstein (being read by Julie)
This book gives teachers strategies on how to have a successful writing workshop by creating writers who are self-directed. Her explicit strategies include:
- creating an appropriate physical environment
- scaffolding instruction with shared and interactive writing
- planning units, focus lessons, conferences, and shares that are aimed at helping students become self-directed
Close Reading and Writing From Sources
by Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey (being read by Andrea)
Interventions that Work
by Linda Dorn and Carla Soffos (being read by Heather)
Dorn and Soffos offer literacy-based interventions that fit into a RtI model.
"Developing Phonemic Awareness in Young Children"
by Hallie Kay Yopp (being read by Heather)
An article that provides a variety of activities for young readers.
"Fluency: Bridge Between Decoding and Reading Comprehension"
by John J. Pikulski and David J. Chard (being read by Heather)
An article that highlights components for an effective program that includes fluency.
"Saving the 'P' Word: Nine Guidelines for Exemplary Phonics Instruction"
by Steven A. Stahl (being read by Heather)
An article that provides an overview of phonics, why it is important, and effective strategies.
Making Content Comprehensible for English Learners - the SIOP Model
by Jana Echevarria, MaryEllen Vogt, and Deborah J. Short (being read by Heather)
A book that provides information on effective lesson plan models for English Language Learners.
Educational Leadership (EL)
from Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (being read by Carrie)
I continue to love by professional subscription to Educational Leadership. The articles provide a quick read for the months when getting through a full book seems impossible, and the topics are current and timely. For example, the March issue on assessment provides great opportunities for staff development and learning, with a text that was accessible and relevant.