Maggie Kay Hall-Librarian, Mother, Life-Long-Learner and Literacy Advocate
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While only in my third year of teaching, that is also three years that I have been sleeping, eating, and breathing all things literacy. From personal experience, to graduate courses, to professional development, training's, workshops, and Professional Learning Communities, I can say with absolute certainty that my understanding of all things literacy related has increased greatly.
One thing that I have done over the past three years is look for, read, and dissect educational/professional development books. Some books seem worthwhile and others I put down after the first reading attempt, either because they are not as well-written or not applicable to my specific field of practice and study, which is secondary literacy.
Although we may be reading teachers that encourage student reading study habits, it can become difficult to find the time to really read a good professional development text. Especially during the school year, which is why I often pack my reading in during the summer months.
I would like to help other educators by posting the ‘meat and potatoes’ of the best teacher professional development books that I have read over the past year. Hopefully, I can be thorough enough to provide you with the most important takeaways in the hope that you will be able to consider and possibly implement some concepts and tools into your own curriculum and educational framework. Of course, if you ever do find the time, I would highly recommend reading these texts in their entirety. Please feel free to provide feedback for growth.
Maggie K. Hall