Dear Upper Elementary Colleagues:
Over the summer, as usual, many of us plan to read widely and deeply both to prepare for next year as a faculty, and pursue our individual professional goals. Many homeroom teachers plan to (re-)read key portions of Teaching for Comprehending & Fluency to inform classroom practice of guided reading in particular, and to (re-)view F&P materials from The Benchmark Assessment System in anticipation of preliminary reading assessments in the early weeks of the year. All teachers will be asked intentionally to consider movies they see, and/or books they read, with the framework of cross-cultural competencies we have explored with Dr. Steven Jones.
In addition to these important acts, I have encouraged each Upper Elementary homeroom teacher to consider the review of at least three children’s texts to inform language arts collaboration and planning in the fall. All of you — homeroom and specialist teachers alike — are welcome and encouraged to consider responding to the 4th-6th grade students‘ summer reading guidelines by contributing to their data set with your recommendations. We’ll be using their recommendations to create a database of recommendations for their peers — tagged by form, genre, theme, and reading level — over the course of the year; I think they would also get a kick out of seeing your responses to the questions they’re asking about their independent reading this summer. If you wish to do so, those guidelines are available here: Summer Reading Guidelines.
Summer Professional Reading Recommendations
Many of us plan, like last year, to get to that stack of professional texts we’ve been ogling for some months — and are excited to have the chance to reflect on our own classroom practice. Last year, I asked you to recommend texts to colleagues on the basis of your reactions to them. We came up with a great list of compelling works, which is available here for your review: UE Faculty Summer Reading Recommendations, 2011.
Surely there’s a wide range of professional texts you’ve enjoyed over the course of this year, or those you’ve looked forward to reading in the next couple of months. I’d like to invite all of you to submit any such recommendations to colleagues, below. Please just provide the text’s author, title, and a link to the text on Amazon for further details — along with a brief explanation of your interest and your recommendation. (Also provide your name, in case you have a username that doesn’t make it obvious.) I have seeded the list with several titles from my stack of recent reads and/or soon-to-be-reads. Please add your recommendations to the list for the Good of the Order!
PLEASE POST RECOMMENDATIONS FOR 2012 FACULTY SUMMER READING BELOW:
(And feel free to add to the recommendations over the summer!)