Despite my year-round teaching schedule, it seems natural to catch up on my reading (both fun fiction and work nonfiction) during the summer months. I spend a lot of my limited free time enjoying (and annotating) various professional and personal books. Here’s my recommended list:
“Helping Students Motivate Themselves” by Larry Ferlazzo
This new book does a great job of taking Ferlazzo’s lessons from his own classroom and making them feasible for any teacher. His activities that are designed to teach self-control are particularly awesome.
“Ahead of the Curve: The power of assessment to transform teaching and learning” edited by Doug Reeves
What? You thought that I might not mention a grading book? Ha! This collection of essays by assessment experts gives a nice cross-section of the current thinking on assessment and grading. I especially recommend that chapters by Ken O’Connor and Bob Marzano.
“Microcosm: E. coli and the New Science of Life” by Carl Zimmer
This beautifully written book, like so many science books written by Zimmer, is appropriate for any level of science fan. It’s as close to fiction as you’ll find in this list of recommendations.
Have you read any of these? Have strong opinions that you are dying to share? Put ’em in a comment!