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Top 10 Tuesday


This is a weekly meme hosted by the good folks at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic was initially Top Ten Authors I’d Like To See On A Reality Show, but was turned into a freebie week since this topic was kinda hard.

For the original topic, I would LOVE to see the following authors on a Big Brother type show where we could just watch them be and interact.

  • John Green
  • Maureen Johnson
  • Libba Bray
  • Tahereh Mafi
  • Lauren de Stefano
  • Maggie Stiefvater
  • Jesse Andrews
  • Stephanie Hawkins
  • Ally Carter
  • Gae Polisner


Top 10 Professional Reads for Teachers

1. The English Teacher’s Companion by Jim Burke — This was the first professional book I purchased/received when I was a first year teacher. Jim Burke is one of my English teacher idols, and I’ve had the pleasure of hearing him speak once in my school district. If you’re not a member of the English Companion Ning, you should sign up today!

2. In the Middle  and The Reading Zone by Nancie Atwell — These two books changed my teaching forever. I read these during the summer between my 2nd and 3rd year of teaching, and immediately implemented independent reading in all of my classes.

3. The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller — I read this for the first time last summer and was so inspired. Each year Donalyn challenges her students to read 40 books, and I presented this challenge to my students this year. This is one of those books where the entire department needs to read, discuss, and implement the ideas inside! Donalyn is a great resource on Twitter (@donalynbooks), always ready to offer a recommendation or answer a question. She also hosts the Twitter #titletalk chat each month! (This link will take you to the #titletalk archive.)

4. Conferring: The Keystone of Reader’s Workshop by Patrick Allen — This book has helped me shape my reading conferences this year. There are definitely things that I need to tweak this summer, and I can’t wait to reread this while I have time to think rather than in the middle of the school year.

5. Notebook Know-How: Strategies for the Writer’s Notebook by Aimee Buckner — I read this book this semester, and I can’t wait to implement the ideas that I have gathered on keeping a notebook! My students will be kissing their 3 ring binders good-bye! I plan to read her book Notebook Connections: Strategies for the Reader’s Notebook this summer and see how I can combine these ideas.

6. Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It by Kelly Gallagher — If you’re a reading or English teacher and haven’t read this book…what are you waiting for?! This is another one of those books that should be read by the entire department.

7. Mechanically Inclined by Jeff Anderson — If you’re having a hard time getting grammar concepts through to students, this book will be a life saver! Between this book and his Everyday Editing, you will see such a drastic change in your approach to grammar.

8. Mini-Lessons for Literature Circles by Harvey Daniels — I read Daniels’ Literature Circles, but this book with the mini-lessons was so helpful with readily implementing the ideas of lit circles.

9. Choice Words by Peter H. Johnston — I won this book as a door prize during a reading conference this summer. After reading, I was amazed at how changing even just one word in a question, request, or comment can make such a difference in how it is perceived by students.

10. Acts of Teaching: How to Teach Writing by Joyce Armstrong Carrol and Edward E. Wilson — My school district is a stong supporter of the Abydos Writing Institute (former New Jersey Writing Project). This book was the text we studied during our 3 week training this summer. It has so much information, and I am definitely in need of a refresher over the summer!

 If you’re a teacher, I hope that these are (1) books you’ve already read or (2) books you can add to your professional pile!

What about you? I’d love to know your favorite professional reads!