3rd Grade Adventure

Welcome to 3rd Grade.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Reading to be be inspired and to self- educate about new changes.

Last summer I read a few books about different reading strategies and books on leadership.  This summer brings a professional need to educate myself about the new teacher evaluation system and brain research. 

Charlotte Danielson has written multiple books about best practices of exemplary teaching.  In our state of Illinois, evaluations are widely based on her research and models.  We have known for a few years that these changes in our evaluation system were going to take place.  I remember a few years ago a Superintendent and myself attempted to discuss this with fellow educators. They dismissed this as not important.  I sure hope they are taking notice now! Their jobs depend on it!

Below is one of Danielson's books I downloaded to my Kindle.  I hope to start reading it soon.

In addition to Danielson I've also been inspired to revisit the research of Robert Marzano and his team.  His website has been recently revised, www.marzanoresearch.com/site.  On his website anyone can sign up for the newsletter and weekly emails.  I personally enjoy reading and learning more about research that can help my students and colleagues. Stay tuned for more on this.

Lastly, our 3rd Grade teacher has been motivated to use "The Daily Five" in her classroom this year.  I'm looking forward to using it within other classrooms also.  I found my copies on www.amazon.com. Paperback and Kindle version...I got both! ha