It’s time to start #10summerblogs! Curious? Read on!
As I was recently perusing my PLN on Twitter, I came across a learning opportunity like usual, a Tweet idea (:p)! Ben Kuhlman, @bkuhl2you, had the brilliant idea for a challenge of writing #10summerblogs. So….I’m in! Post ONE.
So Many Books, So Little Time
During the school year I always wish I had more time to devote to reading. One of my teacher-summer pleasures is to read as much as possible. Even though I knew I could find many, many educational titles offered, I was waiting until something clicked for me.
After the same book titles kept coming across my path, I decided that my choices had been made. This summer my professional development reads are Digital Leadership by Eric Sheninger and Artificial Maturity by Tim Elmore.
Digital Leadership came from tweets I had been seeing. The book suits teachers and school leaders because the author offers advice for success in the digital age with students and families and for professional learning. That’s certainly where we are and with an ever-increasing speed of change. Teachers must become well-versed or at least familiar with these issues and strategies and this learning curve because that’s how the students will be reached.
I was already familiar with my second PD book choice author, Tim Elmore. Last summer I read his Gen iY book (fabulous, by the way), then heard him speak at the TX District Lutheran Educators Conference last fall. I also knew a Middle School teacher had really liked using his book, Habitudes, with her students. When she tweeted about reading Artificial Maturity this summer, I was in on it, too! Thanks, Michelle! This book gives advice for helping the “iY Generation” (teens) and the “Homelanders” (born after 9/11) that are growing up too quickly in many ways, yet are lacking appropriate maturity at the same time. I’m thinking anyone having to do anything with any kids needs to read this!
I’m also excited to be rereading The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo in preparation for Global Read Aloud 2014 (#GRA14). This time I’ll consider some different angles and will think about ways to contribute towards a rich, unique experience as it becomes a part of my classroom and many others across the globe at the same time. Check out GlobalReadAloud.com, and follow @pernilleripp, the creator of this program.
And finally, I’m watching the mail for my books coming written by Peter H. Reynolds. Not only is he the author study for GRA14, but International Dot Day, “Sept. 15th-ish”, will be a great time to share the value and deep meaning of each of his picture books and share discoveries with as many as possible.
Oh yeah, my own summer pleasure reading too….I’m often combing through Half Price Book shelves…that’s me in the clearance section!
I’m excited to be checking out many #10summerblogs. I’m looking forward to learning as I read summer blogs from the incredibly talented and gifted PLN that I continue to discover on Twitter. Three cheers for blogging – and summer reading!