Several books are coming out this spring that I am looking forward to reading to improve my craft.
3. Penny Kittle & Kelly Gallagher's 180 Day's I loved Kittle's Book Love, and Gallagher's Readicide Both are part of my learning about the teaching of reading lineage. This superstar combo spent a year working on this book. I can't wait to see what they share about what they learned after collaborating the entire school year. What I love is that this book documents their teacher year. Teaching follows a narrative arc of its own. This book is en route as we speak. If you want to be my reading buddy with it, let me know.
2. There has been so much dialogue about teaching a whole class novel to students over the past three to five years. I've been struggling with this, because I do believe in the shared communal experience of reading a book together as a class. I remember when we all cried in 9th grade when Nancy died in It Happened to Nancy. This wasn't the only book that moved us to be curious, to care, and to see beyond our world view. I've used whole class novels with concurrent lit circles and independent reading where students where juggling 3 texts at a time. I think it is possible to do a whole class novel well. It become tricky when a teacher drags students through a text over a long long period of time. My students read many many many books on their own over a total 500 for a collective of about 75 students in one year. How do we carve space for choice and student interest, challenge and side-by-side practice? Kate Robert's explore this in her book A Novel Approach. Also en route to me.
1. Jennifer Fletcher's forthcoming book, Teaching Literature Rhetorically will be released in June. So this will be a little summer reading for me. I love her Teaching Arguments book and used it with all of our teachers and my preservice teachers. It was a great next text to read after Hillock's Teaching Argument Writing. I keep revisiting both of them along with Gallagher's Teaching Adolescent Writers.
What are you looking forward to reading professionally?