Tonight I sat with books sprawled all over my bed. I was also considering books that are sitting in my classroom that I also hope to further investigate. I decided to make a list of all of the books that I would like to read this summer from cover to cover. I decided to make a "batting order" for the books I would like to read this summer by the pool....or perhaps at the ball park.
The first book I have selected is Debbie Miller's Teaching with Intention. As you know from my previous post, I was fortunate enough to meet Debbie Miller this week. I read Reading with Meaning years earlier when I set out to establish Reader's Workshop in my classroom and I have revisited it frequently since that time. I have admired Debbie from afar for so long, but nothing prepared me for the woman I would meet this week. She is warm and nurturing. A mentor with a heart for children and teachers. In the very early moments we spent in the classroom preparing for her presentation I knew she was going to teach me something that would alter my thinking forever.
I selected Teaching with Intention for my first book study this summer because I am eager to synthesize my ideas and reflect on the reasons behind the practices in my classroom. I believe that this book will allow me to establish my list of "non-negotiables"-the principles that I believe with my whole heart. I want my classroom practices to reflect that list.
Over the next few days, I am going to begin reading Part 1 of this book. Come and join me.