This week's prompt is "Professional Books". Please share one or more professional books that you've read and loved, are currently reading, or have on your need to read list. These books can be about math or anything education related. It's always great to see what other people are reading and better yet, what books they found to be worthwhile. I am constantly adding books to my Amazon cart based on recommendations I get on twitter. Feel free to post about an article you read rather than a book if you prefer. The point of this challenge is getting you blogging every week, the prompt is just to inspire your thoughts. Be sure to add your link at the bottom of this post so everyone will see your blog post!
Week 2: Professional Books
I consider myself a bit of a professional book hoarder. I hear about a great book on twitter or in a blog post and then I feel compelled to add it to my Amazon cart. Luckily I get lots of Amazon gift cards for my birthday and Christmas to support my professional book
A little background for anyone new to my blog. I teach 7th grade math in WI using CC aligned Carnegie Learning curriculum with a workshop model of delivery. This year I really want to focus on my math students having a growth mindset. This has inspired many the books I'm sharing with you today. This is just a fraction of my professional collection, but I am sharing some of my very favorite books today.
I think two of the very best/most important books for any math educator to read are Accessible Mathematics and Sensible Mathematics by steveleinwand.com or follow him on twitter here @steve_leinwand. I read Accessible Mathematics a few years ago as part of a K-12 Math Review Committee I helped lead. I had the pleasure of hearing Steve speak at the WI Math Leadership Council meeting a few years ago when I was a Middle School Math Liaison. He is an inspiring speaker and a champion of improving math education in the US. Sensible Mathematics is geared to school leaders, but another great read for any math educator.
|Two of the best books on math education.|
|My book signed by Steve.|
A few years ago I read Carol Dweck's book Mindset. I don't have a photo of it because I let my husband borrow it and don't know where he has it stashed. Two books I purchased to help my promote a growth mindset in my math classroom this year are Classroom Habitudes and Mindsets in the Classroom. I'm currently reading both of these books. If you are looking to incorporate Growth Mindset in your classroom I would recommend either or both of them.
|Two great books for Growth Mindset in your classroom|
|Love both of these!|
Ratio and Proportional Reasoning is the most important CC domain of 6th/7th grade. Our first two chapters of Carnegie cover this. I have been using these three books this summer to further my understanding of the important concepts related to proportional reasoning. It's All Relative by Anne Collins & Linda Dacey would be an excellent resource for any 6th or 7th grade math teacher. If I have to choose just one book to help my understanding/planning I would choose this one. I could devote an entire post to this book alone. The other two books are also a great resource.
|Great resources to help in your understanding or Ratio and Proportional Reasoning|
If I had to choose only one book to recommend to a math teacher to help them in planning and understanding the math concepts they teach it would be Elementary and Middle School Mathematics Teaching Developmentally by John VanDeWalle, Karen Karp, and Jennifer Bay-Williams. I think this may actually be the textbook used in some college math programs. It came recommended to me years ago when I first started blogging. I purchased the 2013 edition and let me tell you it's not for the faint of heart. It was the most expensive book I have ever purchased (other than maybe college textbooks). This is my bible when it comes to finding information on a math concept I am teaching. This book also deserves its own blog post.
|The bible of math education K-8|
These are other books I purchased this summer or just wanted to share. I started reading The Together Teacher by Maia Heyck-Merlin on vacation this summer, but didn't get too far. I have had Embedded formative assessment by Dylan William for awhile and have used some of the techniques in his book. This is an excellent resource for creating a toolkit of formative assessment techniques. I highly recommend it. The rest of the books are on my future reading list. They are all great books that came highly recommended and I'm looking forward to reading them.
|All on my reading list|
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