Summer Reading!

While many schools provide suggested summer reading list, I wonder how many educators take time during the summer for professional reading.

This summer I’ve been reading quite a lot. I tend to read articles, but I have picked up a few books that have only enhanced my instructional practices.

The DIY World of Maker Tools and Their Uses – very timely topic and will be a big focus of the 2014 NYSCATE Conference.

The Importance of Asking Questions to Promote Higher-Order Competencies – Common Core Aligned for questioning strategies.


Evidence & Arguments: Lesson Planning (Video) – Common Core Aligned lesson about identifying main ideas and developing arguments.

Project Based Learning – 5 Keys to Rigorous Project Based Learning (Video Series)- I have co-presented PBL workshops and continue to search out resources to aid educators.


Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching by Charlotte Danielson – This book has helped me understand the APPR process and effective evaluation of educators.

Learning and Leading with Habits of Mind by Arthur Costa and Bena Kallick –  Great resource for understand how students behaviors of students and adults.

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