Shift This! by Joy Kirr. Middle grades language arts teacher Joy Kirr explores how teachers can make gradual changes in their thinking, teaching, and approach to classroom design in order to create an environment that moves away from the teacher-centered model towards one that is more student-centered.
Ditch That Textbook by Matt Miller. Teacher and blogger Matt Miller makes the case for ditching old curriculum delivery methods and replacing them with those that encourage students to make and try things on their own while harnessing the potential that digital technology provides.
Learn Like a Pirate by Paul Solarz. In my third entry from Dave Burgess Consulting, grade 5 teacher Paul Solarz focuses on how to help students take ownership of their classroom experience through peer collaboration on learning challenges that have them connecting with experts around the world.
A History Teaching Toolbox by Russel Tarr. Award-winning history teacher Russel Tarr shares more than 60 classroom tested activities and strategies that both new and experienced teachers could implement tomorrow. I see it as a nice companion to my other, more big picture reads. Plus I have been following Tarr and his ActiveHistory and ClassTools sites for years so I know the quality of his work.
So there it is...my Summer Reading list. Let me know what you think!