Help! =)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Because I am a young, first year teacher, I will have TONS of time this summer.
I have no kiddos or a husband tying me down. =)
I would love to make use of this time I will have by doing some different things to improve my teaching.
This is where YOU come in.
I would love for all of you to veteran teachers to answer the two questions below! Please?! 

Number 1:  
What Professional Development conferences 
and workshops do you recommend?
I would LOVE to either attend some conferences or do some PD online this summer. 
What conferences/workshops have you been to that you recommend?
I just really want to be productive this summer
and come back a better teacher then I have been this year. =)

Number 2:
What teaching related books do you 
recommend I read this summer?
What is your go-to teaching related book?
What new ideas have changed the way you teach?
Let me know! I would LOVE to check them out this summer.

Don't forget to comment & thanks in advance for your feedback! 
You guys all ROCK! 

-Ms. Smith


  1. I love anything by Regie Routman. Debbie Miller is wonderful too. Daily 5 and Growing Readers are excellent. Have fun reading! I've got my own pile as well.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  2. Cafe and Daily 5 for reading and la. Singapore math is awesome too. whole brain teaching for classroom management!
    Teaching in Paradise

  3. One of my co-workers introduced me to Harry Wong for classroom management... got some ideas!
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  4. So glad I found your blog..........I NEED ALL THESE IDEAS!!!!

    Sparkles , Smiles, and Student Teaching

  5. Just found your blog! I am your newest follower! Stop by and visit me...

  6. I just recently read Teaching with Intention by Debbie Miller, The Daily Five by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser, The Cafe Book by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser, and Math Work Stations by Debbie Diller.

    I definitely recommend reading The Daily Five and The Cafe Book. Teaching with Intention is a good book also if you are interested in higher-thinking skills, especially when teaching nonfiction. Math Work Stations is also good and includes tons of ideas, but I only recommend it if you need ideas for differentiating in math. It focuses on what kids do while you teach small groups.

    Finally, one of my all-time favorite professional books is Black Ants and Buddhists by Mary Cowhey. Its focus is social studies, but it is a wonderful read. It really changed how I teach the subject.

    Primary Junction

  7. Just found your blog from a pinterest link. I teach 5th grade in VT and have been teaching for (gasp) 14 years in various grade levels (everything except for kindergarten). I recommend taking a Responsive Classroom workshop-- it's the foundation to a successful, thoughtful, socially responsible classroom-- and anything promoting PBIS. Books? Hmmm... I skim and scan but every summer I reread Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire, by Rafe Esquith. Now, understandably, I will NEVER be him, but the book reminds me why I do what I do.

    Feel free to peruse my classroom blog! Nichole