Thought I would share some of the professional books I have on my summer reading list and yes, of course I hope to dive in to some fiction as well!
Learning by Choice: 10 Ways Choice and Differentiation Create an Engaged Learning Experience for Every Student by A. J. Juliani
50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom by Alice Keeler and Libbi Miller – I follow Alice Keeler on twitter and she always has great tips
Let’s Find Out!: Building Content Knowledge with Young Children by Susan Kempton
Building Proportional Reasoning Across Grades and Math Strands, K-8, by Marian Small – I read anything by fellow Canadian Marian Small, always learn something new
Doing What Scientists Do: Children Learn to Investigate Their World by Ellen Doris
Making Number Talks Matter: Developing Mathematical Practices and Deepening Understanding, Grades 4-10, by Cathy Humphreys and Ruth Parker – Number Talks have taken off in our district and I’m looking forward to reading another perspective on this practice
Intentional Talk: How to Structure and Lead Productive Mathematical Discussions by Elham Kazemi and Allison Hintz – we bought a set of this book for teachers in the district to read over the summer and participate in a slow chat on twitter, using the hashtag #intenttalk
Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education by Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica – it’s Sir Ken, enough said
Math is a Verb: Activities and Lessons from Cultures Around the World by Jim Barta, Ron Eglash and Cathy Barkley (NCTM)
Critical Maths for Innovative Societies: The Role of Metacognitive Pedagogies by Zemira Mevarech and Bracha Kramarski (OECD)
Creating Cultures of Thinking: The 8 Forces We Must Master to Truly Transform Our Schools by Ron Ritchart - a group of Richmond educators attended a series with Ron Richart this year and I am looking forward to reading his latest book that continues to focus on thinking.
Another new book that is not in the photograph is Creating Thinking Classrooms, published by the Critical Thinking Consortium here in BC. I have a long history with TC2 and respect the work of Roland Case immensely. I’m looking forward to making connections to our redesigned curriculum with this book.
There are all sorts of professional learning opportunities over the summer. Check in the External Pro-D Opportunities conference on Richnet for more information. I have listed two that may be of interest below:
As part of the Festival of Forestry, there are two Forestry Tours this summer, one on Vancouver Island and one in the Lower Mainland. More info can be found HERE.
There is a K-3 Institute at the University of Victoria from Augsust 17-19. More information can be found HERE.
And for those of you that are thinking ahead to the Provincial PSA Day in October, you can check out the BCTF site HERE for more information.
Specifically, the BCAMT is hosting the Northwest Mathematics in Whistler – for more information and to register, go HERE.
The BCScTA is having their annual Catalyst conference in Richmond – more information and registration can be found HERE.
Have a restful and adventure-filled summer!