Best Book I Have Not Read

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Assessing Young Writers by Carl Anderson February 5, 2009

51mc6ahuwkl_bo2204203200_pisitb-sticker-arrow-clicktopright35-76_aa240_sh20_ou01_I just finished reading this 2005 book by Carl Anderson and it is great! I wish that I had read it the year it came out at the same time as I was first reading Units of Study by Lucy Calkins. It would have been so helpful to me as a classroom teacher and really has helped gel my thinking about writing workshop. 
I highly recommend you add this book to your professional reading list! 


This review at Amazon sums it up very well:

I wouldn’t be as good a teacher of writing without this book. No kidding. It provides the daily nitty-gritty practical solutions to common writing workshop problems, and has great ideas for conferring, unit planning, troubleshooting, and more. This is for the every day teacher and college folk alike. 

Some of the blacklines from this book are ESSENTIAL to my organization of workshop. I can’t imagine trying to do it without his advice and guidance. His book was the “Miracle Grow” to my Calkins kit experience. The piece I needed to REALLY pull it off and feel good about it. Heworked in the project with Ms. Calkins, so his ideas line right up with the ideas I already have in motion. I don’t work for anybody, but I heartfully encourage you to help yourself by getting this one (and I love his How’s It Going? too…)


Best Book I Have Not Read August 10, 2008

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Why the title of the blog?? You know that big stack of books you keep next to your bed, in the family room, in your classroom, scattered throughout the house? That next book you can hardly wait to read? Well I am one of the queens of having a stack that I can hardly wait to read. Then the school year starts, my children’s schedules become fuller and it is hard to spend as much time reading as I would like. The stack keeps growing until I decide I am being selfish and that the students will be able to read them and tell us about them much more quickly than I will get to.

The most recent additons to my stacks: Kenny and the Dragon by Tony DiTerlizzi (I love The Spiderwick series), The Host and Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer (I hate vampire books-go figure!), The Complete Four for Literacy by Pam Allyn (this got good recommendations and I try to read everything that comes out from anyone who works/has worked at Columbia Teachers College), Samuel Blink and the Forbidden Forest by Matt Haig, Into the Wild by Sarah Durst (if it’s good enough for a sequel, I’d better get busy!), Getting Started: Recalculating Schools to Become Professional Learning Communities by Robert Eaker and Richard DuFour (preparation for the new job), what have you lost? poems selected by Naomi Nye (I love all her work, so if she picked it out, I’ll probably like it as well), About the Authors: Writing Workshop with Our Youngest Writers by Katie Wood Ray (I love Katie Wood Ray and got to see her present for the second time this past summer. Also my speciality has always been intermediate aged students, so I want to be on my best game for primary students. Who better to help me brush up?), and The Underneath by Kathi Appelt (So many wonderful reviews by people whose taste in books I admire).

When I look at the list in writing, it probably seems pretty random to someone else but the books tend to fall into four categories: children’s books for my fourth grade classroom, professional development books that focus on education and specifically any area of reading, writing, literacy, or language arts, and adult reads for the book club I belong to.

I’m sure the next best book is in that stack!