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Summer Book Club Fun!

It always seems that during the school year I hear or find out about so many new and exciting things I would like to try in my classroom...problem is, I just don't EVER have enough time to really sit down and thoughtfully sort through all the ideas to figure out which ones I should give my time to and which ones could go by the way side. I do love to spend my summers relaxing by the pool, sleeping in, staying up late sitting next to a fire listening to the sounds of the woods (and sniffing the immense amount of bug spray on my little fam), and sitting on our screened porch during a rain shower. BUT, I also like to use summer to jump in and figure out what I want to do for the next year- i.e. FINALLY sort through all those wonderful ideas I caught wind of during the school year!

We just finished our first year of Common Core implementation. And no matter how much I tried to prepare myself last summer, you always always always find out WAY more when you start doing something that when you were trying to prepare yourself for it! Last summer I tried to get a teeny tiny grip on what the Common Core meant in my classroom. This summer, after a year of experience under my belt, I want to reflect back on what worked, what didn't work, and how I can become a better teacher of the Common Core.

Needless to say, I was SUPER excited when my buddy Mr. Hughes over at An Educator's Life and fellow collaborator at All Things Upper Elementary decided to fearlessly lead a summer book club. Yay! Another person to learn with this summer :)  And even better, the book is Teaching with the Common Core Standards (Grades 3-5) (yeah, the picture over at Amazon says Grades K-2 on the cover, but rest assured it's the right one!). So, know I am able to reflect on how the Common Core worked (and didn't work in my classroom) and how to make next year even more successful by reading a great book with fellow educators. I actually purchased my copy from Barnes and Nobel because I received a LOT of B&N gift cards from my students this year :) Thanks, kiddos!

I haven't received my book yet (it's supposed to be here today), but Mr. Hughes has already began reading and has said wonderful things about it. As soon as it gets here today, I am jumping in feet first!

We would now like to extend the invitation to YOU all to join us! If you don't want to buy the book, but want to know what it's all about, no biggie! You can still follow our blog posts and participate in our discussions!

So here is how it's going to work. We hosts will be leading a discussion on a particular chapter on our own blog. Mr. Hughes will direct you to our blog each week (Monday will be the day!). On our own blogs you will read our thoughts and insights on that chapter and throw in your two cents, too! We want this to become a HUGE summer book club for the digital age :)

Here's the schedule, with next Monday being our kick-off!

And here are the links to each host's blog:

An Educator's Life
Chapter 1 Host

Teaching to Inspire in 5th
Chapter 2 Host

 Right Down the Middle” style=
Chapter 3 Host

Little Red Schoolhouse
Chapter 4 Host

Teaching to Inspire in 5th
Chapter 5 Host

An Educator's Life
Chapter 6 Host

Chapter 7 Host

Little Red Schoolhouse
Chapter 8 Host

Chapter 9 Host

Out of This World Literacy
Chapter 10 Host
So, I think that's it! We really hope you decide to join us, with or without the book, although WITH the book you will definitely get more out of our book club, but we would love to see you regardless! Be sure to leave a comment to let us know if you are penciling us in on your summer calendar!

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