Sunday, March 5, 2017

Book Goals

I've made several lists, so I might as well condense them here.

One of my goals for the year is to read more, both professionally and for pleasure.  (If the pleasure books coincide with books my students read, so be it!)


Love and Logic (in progress)
Last year was rough in the classroom and I needed some tweaks to my classroom management system. I borrowed Love and Logic (the parenting version) from our school's counselor.  It was helpful, but geared towards kids 0-6 which isn't quite my demographic.

Enter Love and Logic, the teacher edition.  The book is often sold out, so I waited until it was available on Amazon. I'm about half way through and enjoying it.  Lots of things are reaffirming, but it's nice to have scenarios and sayings to try with some of my more challenging students.  Essentially the book is about choices, boundaries, and consequences.  My goal was to finish it by the end of February, but I'm a tad behind schedule.

Your School Rocks...So Tell People!

This book was recommended by a fellow teacher. She is the K-8 technology specialist at a nearby Catholic school and in charge of her school's social media.  She said the book was about spreading joy and positive messages.


The Dark Prophecy (The second in the Trials of Apollo series by Rick Riordan)

One of my students asked why the sequel to last year's the Trials of Apollo wasn't released yet. I told him to suck it up and welcome to my world. It's like waiting for Harry Potter sequels all over again.  He's a student I have a really good relationship with, so my level of sass was acceptable.  The release date is May 2 and yes, I've already pre-ordered it on Amazon.

Who Is J.K. Rowling?

I've read Who Was Steve Jobs? and Who Was John F. Kennedy?.  I really like the structure of the books and I think they're really easy for students to understand.  There are lots of teachable moments (time lines, illustrations, etc) and my students really like these nonfiction books.

I received this one as part of a wedding shower gift (because my coworkers know me so well).  Currently one of my students is enjoying it, so I'll conquer it when she's done.

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