Saturday, May 3, 2014

Sharpening the Saw

In 19 days this school year will be over...time for end-of-the-year reflections...according to Covey "sharpening the saw" is about balancing work and play...however for me "sharpening the saw" is about getting better at what I do.

This summer I will be doing two book studies...
The first book is Professional Capital  by Andy Hargreaves & Michael Fullan                  
Book Description:
Professional Capital is a book on school reforms, looking at how to change teaching and learning cultures along with how educational policies are implemented in the classroom and still align with the wishes of all stakeholders politicians, school leaders,, students, and parents).

I have had a quick overview of the book and I am looking forward to the in depth study of this book.

The second book Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov

Book Description:
Teach Like a Champion offers effective teaching techniques to help teachers, especially those in their first few years, become champions in the classroom. These powerful techniques are concrete, specific, and are easy to put into action the very next day. Training activities at the end of each chapter help the reader further their understanding through reflection and application of the ideas to their own practice.

I am reading this book because teachers are being strongly encouraged to use the techniques in this book...I personally do not agree with all of the techniques and I really believe that teachers need to be trained in cultural diversity and mastery teaching BEFORE they try to use ANY of these techniques...however I am doing the book study to make sure that I do not have unfounded biases...

I am also going to reread Teaching with Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kid's Brains and What Schools Can Do About It.

Book Description:
In Teaching with Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids' Brains and What Schools Can Do About It, veteran educator and brain expert Eric Jensen takes an unflinching look at how poverty hurts children, families, and communities across the United States and demonstrates how schools can improve the academic achievement and life readiness of economically disadvantaged students.

I like the fact that Jensen gives us hope that ALL children can experience emotional, social, and academic success because of the brain's ability to adapt from experience.  We can provide positive experiences that can override the stressors of being "poor".

(Book Descriptions are from
patricia whitfield madison

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