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Please join us for our book clubs this year!  We are excited to offer two fantastic books.  

Click below for more information, and register on the staff development calendar.

disrupting thinking book club poster

catching readers book club

I love Donalyn Miller's books.  She also has a great blog.  Here's an article from a few years ago that's worth a re-read:

Book Challenge Revisited

Daily 5 is a great framework for structuring literacy time so students develop lifelong habits of reading, writing, and working independently.  Our Daily 5 book club met yesterday for the last time, and many teachers asked for support and direction as to what the mini lessons should include for reading and writing.  Here is a list of books that will help you, broken up into the daily 5 categories.

Books that Support the Daily 5 Structure


Click here to read Pernille Ripp's article about kids self selecting books.

There are a lot of resources that will help you teach a growth mindest that are free on Teachers Pay Teachers!  Check out this link!

Thank you to the teachers who are participating in our "Mindset for Learning"  Book Club.  Last night was our first session.  We had great discussions, and everyone shared wonderful ideas, that inspired so many people.  This book includes a picture book list that will help you teach a growth mindset in your classroom.  Click here -  Growth Mindset Book list

The conversation has come up a lot lately about how books expose children to a lot of emotions, from fear, to jealousy, to joy, to anger.  Never has children's literature and young adult fiction been better, but it's left many of us wondering if some of our students are losing a part of their innocence through some of the books they are reading.  It has left us asking if this is okay.  Matt de la Pena wrote a beautiful article below, and Kate DiCamilo responded.  Both articles brought tears to my eyes, and I encourage you to read them both - with kleenex.

Why We Shouldn't Shield Children From Darkness

Kate DiCamillo's response