Monday, January 19, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 1/19/15
 It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is an opportunity for everyone to share their book journeys: where we've been for the week and where we plan to go next. To learn more about It's Monday! What Are You Reading? with a kidlit focus, jump over to Jen Vincent's blog, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee Moye's blog, Unleashing Readers.
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One of my goals for 2015 is to make sure that I prioritize my time. I need to prioritize so that I am taking care of things on time, maybe even ahead of time, so that I'm not completely stressed out with deadlines, commitments, etc. Prioritizing will also give me the time to do what is important to me. One such important priority is my blog.
I am within two classes of finishing my Continuing Administrator License (CAL) program. Earning your CAL is a licensure requirement in Oregon - there's time limitations on how long one can have his/her initial license before earning the CAL. I'm close and have to push to finish. Why share all of that? Well, right now I'm registered for two semester course at George Fox University in order to finish up the coursework by the time I have to renew my license in August. I'm not in an administrative position but worked hard for the initial license and feel compelled to maintain the license. The CAL coursework means I will be spending a lot of time reading for the two courses. However, I will cut out time to read some books for my own professional interests as well as for pleasure.
Here's where I plan to travel with books this week:
Daily Five, The (Second Edition);Fostering Literacy in the Elementary Grades
As part of the literacy PLC I facilitate, I will continue reading and providing support with The Daily 5.
Fred Jones Tools for Teaching
I've been supporting teachers I mentor who are interested in implementing the classroom management framework laid out by Fred Jones.
School Leadership That Works: From Research to Results
This book is actually on my TBR, but as part of one of the courses I'm taking, we are reading a working paper by Marzano and Waters the focuses on "The Effect of Superintendent Leadership on Student Achievement" and follows the process of the work described in this book.

It's not all about professional books and graduate coursework. I'll also be reading:
El Deafo
I'm reading this in preparation of #SharpSchu and #vbcbooks book clubs.
Maddie and I go to the public library on Tuesdays now so this week I'll do a much better job of posting my #bookpic photos on my Twitter. Check out the hashtag to see what picture book journeys Maddie and I take this week. 

Check me out this week for short blog posts for:
Tuesday post
smile book
#booksmiles Thursday post
Discover. Play. Build.
Saturday post
What are you reading and writing this week?


  1. We have The Daily Five in our professional collection, but I've never read it. As I TL, I'm not sure it is relevant, but I will have to remember to recommend it to teachers, especially new ones. Good luck with your course work.

  2. Love the professional development titles you shared here. I have El Deafo in my shelf too! Will be reading it very soon. :)