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Now I know what you are thinking, and no I have NEVER read The End of Molasses Classes by Ron Clark! I know....total loser over here. I have had the book sitting on my shelf for over a year and never read it. I am loving every moment of it and my favorite part so far has been, "Not every kid gets a cookie!" I love that phrase because in today's world it is so important to teach our students that you must work for the reward and those that put in the hard work get the cookie!
For my Improvement of Instruction class, I am reading How the Brain Learns by David Sousa. I actually really like this book because it talks about the way we store memory and different strategies we can use to ensure retention in our students. Who knew that lessons that use all of your senses guarantee students will retain the information?! For example when you use food in a lesson you are engaging multiple senses which guarantees students will store the information you are teaching them into memory. So cool. I am actually loving this book.
If I ever finish my textbooks and have spare time this summer, I hope to read The Next Step in Guided Reading by Jan Richardson. Guided Reading is an area in which I feel that I could never be trained enough because it is an area that you have to actually see to understand. We need strong Guided Reading techniques to ensure our students leave our classroom as strong independent readers!
I have been working on some new products, but my favorite right now is my classroom management plan for next year called "No More Clip Chart!" Yes...you heard me. I am getting rid of the clip chart. Kicking it to the curb. No more going home on red or yellow or green, or parents saying "I don't want my child sitting next to Johnny because he goes home on red". If you are thinking "she has lost her mind", just wait and I will be posting soon about my logic behind it and my plan for this next year!