Tuesday, January 8, 2013

If Only...

Ever wish you had a lot of time to catch up on reading?  I have a number of books I've been wanting to read.  Some of these books I even own, just haven't had time to sit down with them!  Such is the life of a teacher!

Daniel Pink's book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.  tells us about scientific evidence concerning what really motivates people to high performance.  Doesn't this Sound Awesome?

Meaningful Differences in the Everyday Experiences of Young American Children is about a study where the language in the home was measured and compared to reading success.  I heard about this study... absolutely fascinating (and somewhat depressing) information!

I've been doing Yoga with my students this year, with the help of our guidance counselor.  Yoga Games for Children is a resource that comes highly recommended!

I confess, I have this book, just haven't had time to read it!  We are transitioning over to the Common Core, and I'm making a point to get to know the CCSS and make the change without gaps in learning.  Pathways to the Common Core (and most literature by Lucy Cawkins) comes highly recommended.

Here's another book I own, and I can say at least I've skimmed through this one.  Building Number Sense Routines is essential for children to be successful in mathematics. This is another book that comes highly recommended.

I've really read this one, and took part in a book study this past summer.  (See THIS POST for more about that!)  Now that I've been working with it, I want to go back and review most of this information in The Daily 5.   If you're not familiar with this one, take a look.  Loads of teachers are using this strategy to organize their literacy instruction.

Well, that's good for a start!  What books would you read if only you had the time?

One last thing... you may want to check out Sunny Days in Second Grade today!  Denise from Sunny Days is having "Show and Tell Tuesday" featuring resources and ideas for studying Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Guess who is one of her featured authors!


  1. Thanks for the recommendations. I am very interested in Drive. I am reading Brain Rules right now by John Medina, and I would recommend that as well.

    I also enjoy doing yoga with my students. I have started creating yoga stories to do with my class. It is a neat way to pair oral storytelling with movement and breathing.

    Teaching Ace Blog

    1. Thanks, Karen! I need to add Brain Rules to my list of books to read "If Only I had the time"!


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