Wednesday, July 3, 2013

What are you reading? {Linky Party}

Ahhh, summer!  I feel like every school year goes by more quickly than the prior one.  I love what I do and the freedom of summer is a nice treat after 10 months of constantly being on the go.  One thing I enjoy doing in the summer is picking up a good book {or two or three}.

Recently, I had the pleasure of getting a copy of Love and Other Subjects by Kathleen Shoop.


As I began reading the first chapter I was immediately sucked in.  This book incorporates love and teaching-- what teacher wouldn't be sucked in?!  The main character, Carolyn Jenkins, is striving to be the best teacher she can be fresh out of college while trying to find love at the same time.  Carolyn was raised in a well-to-do suburban area, but finds herself slightly out of her element teaching at an inner-city school with a principal who is out to get her.  The writing style of the author, Kathleen Shoop, is easy to read and she truly captures the struggles and successes of a first year teacher in the classroom.  I found myself making many connections as I read the book and thought back to my own struggles as I began my teaching career.  {Although my experiences weren't nearly as extreme as the ones in the book I should add.}  I definitely recommend this book to other teachers out there who are looking for an enjoyable summer read! :)

My current read is more school-related, but still very enjoyable.  Upon the recommendation my blogger friend Kate from EduKate & Inspire, I bought a copy of No More "I'm Done!" by Jennifer Jacobson.  This has amazing information about creating a classroom of independent writers.  I highly suggest it if writing is an area you'd like to improve in your classroom.


So, here's your chance to share with us what you are reading this summer.  Please grab the image below and link up with me on your own blog to share what's on your must-read list for the summer months.

14 comments:

  1. I'm going to have to check out the writing book- I had a tough group with writing last year because a few came to me hating the act (wouldn't even start writing, there were tears, couldn't get pencil to paper) and although we have made definite progress... they are looping with me next school year so I need any tricks I can get!

    Polka Dots & Teaching Tots

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    1. Yes, you should definitely check out this book! It's truly wonderful! :)

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  2. This is great! I'm going to go pick up Love and Other Subjects...excited to read it! Thanks for hosting the Link Up!

    Stephanie
    Tales of Teaching in Heels

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  3. Thanks for hosting! I'm adding Love and Other Subjects to my 845,641 other titles to read this summer. : )

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  4. Such a great idea for a link party! Thanks for hosting! I'm curious about No More "I'm Done!" Writing is definitely a subject area I need to improve on, however do you feel it would be an appropriate read as a third grade teacher?
    Erin
    Short and Sassy Teacher

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  5. Thanks for hosting the linky, Jessica! I'm excited to see what everyone recommends!

    Kate
    EduKate and Inspire

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  6. Awesome linky! That writing book sounds pretty neat!

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  7. I finished Love and Other Subjects in 4 hrs!!!!!!! So relatable! :)

    Stephanie
    Tales of Teaching in Heels

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  8. I'm going to have to check out Love and Other Subjects! I am now your newest follower :) come stop by if you get a chance!

    Lauren
    The Sweetest Thing
    Follow me on Bloglovin'!

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  9. I read the No More I'm Done this summer too! I think we found quite a bit to use for this upcoming year in that book! BTW-I wrote about our blogger meet-up! It will post tomorrow.

    Em
    Curious Firsties

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