Saturday, April 28, 2018

Dewey Readathon progress and refelction


Pre-Event Survey
What fine part of the world are you reading from today? I am in Santa Barbara, CA
Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? That's a tough one because my stack has a whole bunch of work books that I am excited to read!
Which snack are you most looking forward to? I can't believe I forgot to buy snacks. I do have some Costco chocolate chip cookies in the cupboard so that will do just fine.
Tell us a little something about yourself! I am a teacher. Well, I was a classroom high school history teacher, then a high school librarian, and now I am a social studies coach and a technology integration coach for my district. I am a single mom of a high school senior!
If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? I have participated in the past and this year I wrote up a time table for myself: read for an hour then spend 15 minutes up and about, outside, etc. 
I started reading around 8:00am California time for the Dewey 24-Hour Readathon! I made sure I have nothing else on my schedule for the day except dog walks and updating this post, which I'll do throughout the day so that I don't have multiple posts.
The Art of Coaching by Elena Aguilar
Adult Non-fiction (education)
Published 2013, 338 pages (including notes and index)
4.5 out of 5
This is a book I've been reading with the other instructional coaches in my school district and today I just had to read the final two chapters and conclusion for our meeting on Monday. It's been a really good read and has got me thinking about my job in new ways. Aguilar discusses how to be an effective coach of other teachers, which is a new concept in our district and we're all interpreting the information a little differently, playing upon our strengths, and testing out which parts work for us and which don't.



Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to move Learning from Static to Dynamic by Kasey Bell
Adult Non-fiction (education)
Published 2018, 154 pages
4.5 out of 5
I follow Kasey on both Twitter and in Feedly. I find her approach to learning and tech integration fun and exciting. I also like that she has set up a separate website that goes along with this book, providing resources for each chapter. I also really liked that she has a page of reflection space at the end of each chapter. I didn't think I would use it, but I did and feel like it helped me process the ideas.

Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
YA fiction
Published 2017, 312 pages
4 out of 5
I really enjoyed this light and romantic YA novel. The characters made me smile. Click on the link to see my full review.

Ditch That Textbook by Matt Miller
Adult non-fiction (education)
Published 2015, 223 pages (including notes and index)
4.5 out of 5
I wish I had read this book a few years ago when it first came out. Well, I actually wish it existed when I was still in the classroom and I did ditch my textbook! I was on my own, creating everything from scratch and we didn't have the tech we have access to today. This book talks about how to integrate technology, how to reach out to teachers via Twitter and blogs, and good teaching practices.

Books I didn't get around to reading. I'll confess I stopped reading around 6:00. My "reading brain" was fried. But what a fun day! I have some spare time Sunday so will probably read a bit of Teach Like a Pirate.

Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess

Ditch that Homework by Matt Miller

Challenges for which these books count:


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