Friday, May 31, 2013

Guest Poster Emily: Summer Books to Read


Summer Reads That Make You Go Hmmm...


Hi Everyone!  It's Emily from I Love My Classroom.    

I know you aren't used to seeing me over here on All Things Upper Elementary, but
it's really true!  I get to come and visit today.  :)

Today is a huge day for me - it's the LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!  I'm
not trying to rub it in, I'm just really really excited!

I wanted to share some helpful "teacher" books that I've read before and I'm looking forward to reading again this summer.  Then there are some that I've heard wonderful things about and they are in my cart at Amazon.  Maybe you are in the same boat?  No time to read during the school year, so the books are piled high for summer?

Yep!  That's me.
First up - Daily 5 and CAFE by the Sisters.  I enjoy a little refresher of Daily 5 each summer.  It's a good reminder of what works in the classroom, before you tweak it to fit your own schedule.  The big thing that I always take away from the book is how many options I have for it to work in my classroom.  It's a guideline, not a strict program - but the outcomes are wonderful!  Even in my 4th grade classroom, even with the different bunches of kids that I have worked with... Last year there was a book study going on, so I shared a lot of the different things I have done.  Here is the link in case you are interested.  
Now with CAFE - I'm going to admit that I messed up big time when I first read it.  3 Novembers ago  I raced through Daily 5 in one night - stayed up until 3 am to read it, then I went out the next day and bought CAFE.  In a matter of a week I was trying to implement both systems into my classroom.  I was buying listening centers, book boxes, mp3 players, making binders, etc... and it got overwhelming trying to do too much change in a very little amount of time that I couldn't keep up with it all.  So, then I stepped back and took time just to familiarize myself with Daily 5 - working with it, utilizing it - it's so different than our district curriculum of Open Court Reading.  This past year I really got into the CAFE (though I changed it to FACE of a Reader).  I love the aspects and I'm hopeful that next year I will be able to do so much more.  It's about organizing the assessment data and tells you how to work with each child during conferences.

Want my "FACE of a Reader" student strategy list that goes along with the Sister's CAFE?  
It's right here in a Google Doc.  Not super cute, but totally functional.   
Next would have to be The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller.  Last summer I read the book for the first time, and after I got my head wrapped around all the ideas that she presents, I started feeling more comfortable with it.  I love her ideas to increase student's love for reading.  There were things that I had to adjust for my own class.  Don't we all have to adjust...  
This summer I'm excited to read Everyday Editing by Jeff Anderson.  I know there are many things going around about Mentor Sentences, and I would really like to implement that into my classroom next year.  My grade level teammate just finished the book and highly recommended it - she said it was an easy read that makes so much sense.
I'm also excited to read more about Whole Brain Teaching by Chris Biffle.  Last summer I watched a ton of videos to learn the basics, but I'm interested to see the background behind it.  Maybe it's just how I'm wired - needing to read about it in a book - but I'm hoping that it might make more sense to me.

Well - that's it.  My guest post over at ATUE.  :)  It was nice talking to you today!  Hopefully you saw some books that made you go Hmmm...  :)
  
Feel free to visit me over at my blog, on Facebook, on Pinterest,
or see what I have to help you out in my TPT or TN stores!   

19 comments:

  1. I've been wanting to read The Book Whisperer for awhile now...thanks for reminding me about it. I also want to check out the Whole Brain Teaching book. I've got a few others on my list too - so much to read in the summers!! Congratulations on your last day of school - mine is next Wednesday :)

    Rebecca
    Ladybugs Lounge

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    1. What else is on your list? I'm always looking for other good ones!

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  2. I have all of these books! I purchased Everyday Editing in the middle of this past school year, but haven't really delved into the book. I also purchased Whole Brain Teaching just recently and plan to read it soon. I also purchased Teach Like A Pirate a great read for motivating and engaging students.

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation! Adding it to my cart.

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  3. Everyday Editing is awesome!! ;-)
    Jivey
    ideas by jivey

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  4. Love, love, love The Book Whisperer and totally agree with everything you said about it.:) Great read!
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

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    1. Do you also do the book challenge with your class? My class took to it this year. My student ended up being the top reader in our grade level- she went through so many of the challenge papers.

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  5. Hi there! I know very little about Daily 5 and CAFE but would like to learn. Would they work for sixth graders in a 41 minute period?

    Also, should I read the Daily 5 first and then CAFE? Which do you like better? Thanks for any info! I see them everywhere and am excited to learn more about them.

    I LOVE The Book Whisperer, too!

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    1. I know of other middle schoolers that do daily 5. It's very flexible. Most days I fit in 3 of them. It could even be a daily 5 rotation through the week. I would recommend reading daily 5 first. Cafe is more the part with work with teacher and conferencing.

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  6. Everyday Editing and The Book Whisperer are now on my summer reading list! Thank you for the suggestions:)

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  7. Hi! I teach 2nd grade and use the Open Court Reading Series as well. I have been looking into both as well: Daily 5 and CAFE. Which would be better with Open Court? We are also going to standards-based report cards. Thanks for any help.

    I will have to check out the Book Whisperer. :)

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    1. We use OCR and daily 5 works. It's just the format of it all. My vocabulary on Mondays is the word work. My read to self is silent reading time whole class after lunch. Work on writing is our weekly big project. I use the OCR text as the listening to reading (I put the stories on mp3 players), and partners read it together when it's partner time.

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  8. You will love all these books. I have read most of them and comment about them often on my blog. I'm definitely going to brush up on these books this summer. Enjoy!
    mrsjsjournal.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you for the confirmation. :)

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  9. Ignore that comment!! :) I'm trying out my new iPhone. Will be back later to actually read your post!

    Shannon

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  10. I've been interested in Whole Brain Teaching all year, but my summer to do list is filling up fast! I hope I can fit it in.

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