“It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?”

For the past week I have been on vacation in South Carolina (hence, the scarcity of new posts!) and I brought several books in my suitcase to keep me busy during the down times, although there haven’t been too many of those…

One book that has been on my To Be Read list for awhile now is “Smile” by Raina Telgemeier. During my employment this summer as a literacy interventionist, this was a book that was recommended to me over and over again so I knew I needed to bump it up a bit on my list. The interesting part to me was that most of the recommendations came from the boys with whom I worked.  


“Smile” written in 2010, was a recipient of the Will Eisner Award at Comic-Con and it’s a great example of a graphic novel that I would share with kiddos in the fifth grade.



The author, Raina Telgemeier, writes and illustrates the true events of her life from sixth grade until she enters high school. From tons of unexpected dental catastrophes to boys, friendship troubles, and a big earthquake, Raina perseveres and learns more about who she truly is and what she values… And that is a great reason to SMILE! 🙂
I look forward to reading Telgemeier’s follow-up GN entitled, “Drama.” (Also in the suitcase!)

Another text that made its way into my luggage is “Teach Like A Pirate: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator.” With a title like that, how could I NOT pick up that book?! I was actually inspired to read this book from recommendations on my twitter feed from other educators around the country. Since then, I have enjoyed several twitter chats about TLAP and am currently part of a virtual book club about it on twitter. -Have I mentioned what a great source of professional development twitter can be? If you are a twitter newbie, give it a shot! I feel more empowered and enthusiastic than I have in a long time, just by connecting with educators outside my immediate community and working to develop a strong personal learning network. But, I digress…

Dave Burgess, author of TLAP, must be a fascinating guy to know, I am sure! His enthusiasm and passion is infectious and comes through clearly in his writing. Here are some of my favorite TLAP quotes:

“It’s about killing apathy. It’s about helping the next generation fulfill their potential and become successful human beings. It’s no longer about memorizing facts; it’s about inspiring greatness.”

“Light yourself on fire with passion… And don’t worry if it’s not a controlled burn.”

“At some point in your career you have to decide if you care more about teaching to tests or teaching kids.”

“If you feel your message (lesson) is important, and I do, it is worth the effort to go to any lengths to make sure it is successfully delivered.”

New teachers and experienced educators alike, I would recommend you add this to your list of inspiring books to read in the near future. You won’t be sorry! 🙂

That’s it for me on this Monday from the Low Country in South Carolina! That’s what I’m reading… How about you???

Have a great week, y’all! 🙂

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