The Books that Keep on Giving (7/20)

I have acquired many books over the years. There are some that I have read once and not looked at again. There are others that I have read and continue to reference and reread for various reasons. Here is a collection of a few titles that I continue to revisit and how they bring me back in as I continue to grow in my learning and teaching practices.

Neuro Teach by Glenn Whitman and Ian Kelleher
This is a book that I have blogged about before. I love the way this book takes research and translates it into learning and teaching practices that educators can digest. There are many connections between this book and the new PYP Enhancements that I continue to revisit and share book bites with my teachers to provoke their thinking.

Creating Cultures of Thinking by Ron Ritchhart
Out of the 8 forces this book explores to transform schools, I often come back to the chapter on Language. Language is so powerful and as educators, we are always noticing, naming and nurturing thinking, ideas and learning engagements in order to highlight them for our students. There are thoughtful questions to consider in this book about becoming proficient users of the language of the classroom.

Embedded formative assessment by Dylan Wiliam
As suggested in the title, this book emphasises formative assessment, Assessment FOR learning, monitoring and ongoing assessments. As the PYP enhancements now emphasise formative over summative, I find I am coming back to this book a lot to share with teachers.
The book not only highlights one of my favorite tools I blogged about years ago, the mini white board, it also focuses on activating students as owners of their own learning, reinforcing student agency!

Equal Rights to the Curriculum by Eithne Gallagher
I was introduced to this book a while ago and it was also referenced in the 2009 title, Taking the PYP Forward. With the emphasis on Multilingualism and Translanguaging Strategies through the PYP Enhancements, I find myself coming back to Gallagher’s book and revisiting the research and best practice. We are also currently planning a Language workshop for our parents and this is still proving to be a valuable resource.

Talk it Out by Barbara Sanderson
I was introduced to this book during one of my PTC courses, Instructional Supervision.
Conversations that might seem difficult are going to occur. I sometimes come back to this book as a reminder that in any conversation about a problem or concern, it is helpful to ensure everyone is invited to solve the problem together, reducing any blaming in the situation.

The Power of Inquiry by Kath Murdoch
One of my favorites. I love coming back to this book as I always take away something that connects, extends or challenges my thinking. I have used statements from this book as provocations for staff meetings as well as some of the tables and graphics as a shared study for collaboration with teams. Excuse the many post-it tagged pages!

Concept-Based Inquiry in Action by Carla Marschall and Rachel French
My newest one but already becoming a favorite. I asked our Leadership Team to order one for all of us to review and discuss possibilities to use as a resource for our teachers, K-12. 

Looking forward to sharing more on this title in the future.

What are some of your books that keep on giving?

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