It’s Monday! And the first day in August when we get the opportunity to ask, What are you Reading?! To see what others are reading, stop by Teach Mentor Texts where other bloggers have linked their posts to share their current reads.
I have exactly 2 weeks until work begins and during one of those I’ll be at the ALA Leadership Institute. I feel like this coming week is my last for summer reading. I have four books that I must finish: The Templeton Twins have an Idea, Whatever After: Fairest of All , and My Life as a Book will knock out all of the Virginia Readers Choice nominees that I need to read. And finishing Differentiation by Student Interest will knock out my final professional book club obligation.
I would also love to make it through the final two Harry Potter books before Labor Day. Considering it’s post Christmas in the Half-Blood Prince and I like to listen at work, I think I’ll be just fine on that goal.
This last week I did finish (admittedly skimming) the book I bought by accident. The titles of Differentiating by Student Learning Preference and Differentiating by Student Interest mixed me up when I ordered from Amazon because I didn’t realize it was a series. And I…. umm…. just picked the one with the most colorful cover. It was the wrong book though, so I need to finish the one above for my book club. I enjoyed reading the one I got by accident though. It’s a bit dated. It does have a lot of simple and easy to execute ideas.
I finished Capture the Flag after looking at it on my shelf for over a year. I enjoyed it. It’s a book that I think students could picture themselves in. I thought the Silver Jaguar Society plot was unnecessary. The entire book could have been plotted without it and it would have been even more realistic. The Secret Chicken Society was a quick read and will be perfect for my third graders reading it for the Virginia Readers Choice Award this year.