8 Great Professional Development Books To Read This Summer

by Jun 11, 20193rd Qtr, Teaching Strategies0 comments

Sweet summer has finally arrived!

Now is your chance to relax, recharge, and catch up on all those little projects you’ve been wanting to work on. If you’re like me, you start the summer not wanting to think about school and then two weeks later you find yourself thinking about your classroom again!

One of my favorite things to do over the summer is read. All school year long we encourage our students to read, and now it is finally our turn. Just like with our students, we should read both fiction and nonfiction books as we find time over the summer.

Over the summer, we have the opportunity to develop ourselves by the books we read to better prepare for the upcoming school year.

Here are 8 of my favorite books for professional development to read over the summer.

English/Language Arts

Word Nerds by Brenda Overturf

Word Nerds looks inside the classrooms of a high-poverty urban school and tells us how two teachers implemented flexible and creative vocabulary instruction that improved their students’ knowledge and increased their confidence.

The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller

Donalyn Miller’s unconventional approach to teaching children how to read has proven to be incredibly effective. Miller’s approach gets rid of all worksheets and things that make students consider reading to be a chore. Read her book to find out more.

The Reading Strategies Book by Jennifer Serravallo

In this book, Jennifer Serravallo looks at 300 strategies that support thirteen reading goals. This book is a huge game changer when it comes to strategies for struggling readers. This is a great book to have spiral bound so you can easily use it as a reference.

The Writing Strategies Book by Jennifer Serravallo

Just like in the previously mentioned book, Jennifer Serravallo focuses on 300 strategies that support writing goals. This book will help you with your struggling writers.

Social Studies

Why Won’t You Just Tell Us the Answer? by Bruce Lesh

Bruce Lesh has done research and developed a method of teaching history that mirrors the process once used by historians. In this method, students learn to ask questions that help develop their overall understanding and critical thinking skills.

A Different Mirror for Young People by Ronald Takaki

Ronald Takaki compiles essays, letters, diaries, and poems of young people from around the world to create a multiethnic history of the world.

Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts by Sam Wineburg

In this book, Sam Wineburg has us consider a new approach to learning and understanding history. Wineburg has us reconsider looking at history as a simple compilation of facts, numbers, dates, and names.

Reading Like A Historian by Sam Wineburg

Sam Wineburg explains and portrays a new approach to learning history. His methods are unconventional but effective.

All eight of these books are great books that will change your perspective for teaching. Pick up a copy of any of these books and enjoy!

What are your favorite books to read over the summer?

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Summer is a great time to catch up on your reading. Here are 8 great books for professional development you should read this summer.
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