Are you looking for some Professional Development Books for Kindergarten or early childhood teachers? We’ve gathered a list of the most popular PD books out there right now.
These books are great to read during summer, back to school, or really any time of year (a teacher’s brain never shuts off right?) So grab your coffee or tea and check out our list of some of the most popular professional development books out there right now. We give you a list of books, descriptions, and an Amazon affiliate link so you can read more, check out reviews, or even purchase the books today!
The Next Step in Guided Reading: Focused Assessment and Targeted Lessons for Helping Every Student Become a Better Reader By Jan Richardson
In this book, Jan Richardson provides detailed examples of guided reading group lesson plans for all levels of readers, from your most at-risk student to your most proficient. The lesson plans include time and instruction to administer appropriate assessments. She outlines appropriate skills that should be taught and assessed at each level. Richardson also includes strategies to use in your small groups to teach these appropriate skills. Click here now to see more about this book.
Purposeful Play: A Teacher’s Guide to Igniting Deep and Joyful Learning Across the Day by Kristine Mraz, Allison Porcelli, and Cheryl Tyler
This book is about how to implement play when teaching a lesson. Mraz, Porcelli and Tyler believe strongly that children do not gain true proficiency of standards from elicit “in their seat instruction”. It must be combined with interaction with real life objects and people This book includes examples of lesson plans, vocabulary to teach students to interact appropriately with one another during play, and offers ideas for a classroom set-up so this model is easily attainable. This book is not about free instructed, “playtime”. Click here now to see more about this book.
The Daily 5: Fostering Literacy in the Elementary Grades (Second Edition) By Gail Boushey and Joan Moser
This text provides information on the core reading components. It spends time teaching the importance of students working independently on meaningful literacy goals so you can spend more time doing small group instruction. This book teaches strategies to use to make this happen in your classroom. It also provides detailed lesson plans, suggestions for set-up in your classroom and addresses common problems that have been encountered when implementing this framework. The second edition includes all the experience and research from the first edition but gives more detailed and updated information of the reading components and now includes the framework for math called Math Daily 3. Click here now to see more about this book.
The Reading Strategies Book: Your Everything Guide to Developing Skilled Readers by Jennifer Serravallo
This book is filled with 300 strategies teachers can use to teach students to become efficient and effective readers. These strategies will fit into any program or framework you already use. You will learn to set goals for your students, individually and as a whole group. Serravallo then discusses which strategies will best support these goals and how to implement them to get your students talking and writing about what they have read. Click here our Amazon affiliate now to see more about this book.
The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child By Donalyn Miller
In this book, Miller discusses the importance of allowing children to choose the books they want to read. She strongly believes you will not get a proficient reader from round robin type reading, class assigned book reports and required daily reading logs. Instead, Miller teaches them strategies to learn new vocabulary and understand the purpose of literature. Then she encourages them to talk to you and other students about what they have read. Included in this book you will also find a suggested list of books that students really do love to read. Click here now to see more about this book.
Number Talks: Helping Children Build Mental Math and Computation Strategies, Grades K 5, Updated with Common Core Connections By Sherry Parrish
In this book, Parrish discusses the mini math conferences she has with her students to help them increase their number sense and get them talking about math. You will read about (can also be viewed on the DVD) what these number talks look like in the classroom, the benefits of using them and the struggles you may encounter while working with your students. One really helpful feature in this book is Parrish really breaks down the appropriate skills that identify true number sense by grade level and gives examples/models of what it looks like. Click here to see more about this book.
The Writing Strategies Book by Jennifer Serravallo
Just like the above Reading Strategies book, this book is for writing. Writing is a book that teachers struggle with all the time and many times teachers don’t have a prescribed writing program. This book will give you a basis of what good writing looks like and load you up with lessons to use in your classroom.
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success By Carol Dweck
As teachers we have a lot of influence on children, therefore we should model living a life of happiness and success. Our students need to know that we have control in everything we do. We have choices. We make good choices and we sometimes even make bad choices. We are always changing, always learning and thus we are always growing. Modeling a growth mindset will offer students to believe they too can be successful and happy in everything they do. I highly recommend this book not only for your professional development but also for use in your personal life. Click here now to see more about this book.
Hopefully, these titles will get your juices flowing for the next school year. Have you read any other professional development books that you would add to the list?