Here is my once-in-awhile posting that relate directly to teaching. I love this post and wanted to share it with you.
Originally posted on Nerdy Book Club:
One wall in my “office” is filled with professional books. From floor to ceiling, the shelves are filled with the books that have helped me learn to teach thoughtfully. I have been reading professional books throughout my career. I have hundreds and hundreds of books that have impacted my thinking. I have been lucky to learn from amazing people over the years and I learn something new every time I revisit an old favorite.
In the last several years, I have noticed I’ve purchased fewer professional books. I am reading more professionally, but much of my professional reading is online. So in a cleaning frenzy a few weeks ago, I decided to weed out some of my oldest professional books. I have been teaching for twenty-five years so I figured I could weed almost every book published before 2000 to keep my professional library current. I have so many books and so many that I read years and years ago, I figured that this would be an easy job.
But, the job was not so easy. While browsing the shelves, certain books triggered a feeling of transformation-books that changed who I was as a teacher Below are ten classics that I could not part with, even though they were all published prior to the year 2000. Even though I have newer editions of most off the titles, it was the original reading that made a difference for me. These classics set the stage for what we understand about literacy learning and teaching. So many of my big understandings come from these foundational books. These are the books that reground me, reenergize me and remind me of all the reasons I became a teacher to begin with.