Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Two Good Teacher Reads

How Children Succeed
written by Paul Tough
2012 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Source: Mebane Public Library

My teacher wife Traci recommended this book. In this book, "Paul Tough argues that the qualities that matter most have more to do with character: skills like perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-control." I was particularly intrigued by the work of NYU psychologist Gabriele Oettingen and her colleagues. In the book, Tough discusses how Oettingen found three strategies that people use to set goals and two of those do not work. Check it out on pages 92 and 93.

Second Grade Writers
written by Stephanie Parsons
2007 (Heinemann)
Source: Purchased copy

This is a terrific book that I am currently digesting in leaps and bounds. Parsons talks about the need to first build a community of writers in the classroom. The teaching is practical and ties in with Lucy Calkins's Units of Study. The student samples are helpful in providing perspective in what to look for in second grade writing. Good stuff!

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