Thursday, June 27, 2013

Book Talk Thursday




Do you know what day it is?
I know its hard to keep tack during the summer.  Or at least it is for me:)
It's Thursday and its time for another book review with Andrea @Reading Toward the Stars.
This week I decided to review a book that I usually look at a few times before school starts to get an idea of how to manage my first few weeks.




This was one of the many books I needed in school when I was getting my master's degree in teaching.  I have to say it is one of my favorite books.  I learn something new every time I read it.  I think it would be especially good for new teachers or teachers making a big move from one grade to another. 

Here are the features of the book:

Learn how to structure the first six weeks of school to lay the groundwork for a productive year of learning. Discover how taking the time to build a solid foundation in the early weeks of school can pay off all year long in increased student motivation, cooperation, responsibility, and self-control.

This comprehensive guidebook for K-6 teachers features:
  • Daily plans for the first three weeks and commentary about these plans at three grade levels: primary (K-2), middle (3-4), and upper(5-6
  • Detailed guidelines for:
    Building community
    Creating rules and teaching routines
    Introducing engaging curriculum
    Fostering autonomy
    Integrating social and academic learning
    Establishing high expectations for learning and behavior
  • An extensive collection of games, activities, greetings, songs, read-alouds, and resources especially useful during the early weeks of school
As with any book you have to make it work for you.  I can remember my first year teaching first grade.  I tried to follow this book exactly and I can tell you it didn't work out so well for me.  Now I don't do everything it has in it or even the way it says but I do get lots of great ideas each year to start school off. 

Do you have a great book that you use each year?
I'd love to hear about it.


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