Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Book Talk Tuesday
Here's what in my completed pile:
Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear - is a great novel and the title character is an interesting one. It's the first in a series about Maisie and, if the library waiting list is any indication, the rest of the books are just as good!
The story centers around Maisie, who has just branched out on her own as a detective in 1929 England. It moves between time periods, Maisie's present ties in seamlessly with her past. The plot keeps moving right along with some interesting twists and turns - definitely a recommended read!
I've been trying to read a few books that could be termed "teacher education"... I find them interesting and I'm always on the lookout for ways to encourage learning in our home. I recently finished The Art of Teaching by Jay Parini - a semi-autobiographical look at a professor and what he believes are necessary qualities in a successful university professor.
The second book in my "teacher's ed." pile - How to Talk so Kids Can Learn - an interesting look at how the way we speak can hinder or help our students and children. It offers lots of practical advice on better phrasing when talking to kids and trying to teach responsibility. We all know that kids really don't hear us when we nag (they really hear that teacher from Charlie Brown. You know the one - "wha.. whawha...") so if we can learn to rephrase what we want to say (or sometimes just keep quiet) then kids might have a chance to create an inner dialogue that will serve them much better than all the nagging.
Currently I'm reading aloud George Washington: True Patriot since we're studying the American Revolution right now and we're still working through Pinocchio most evenings.
TJ's reading Little Town on the Prairie, she just finished Meet Kaya (an American Girl book), and just started The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (our literature discussion for the year).
Coming up in my pile: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (can't assign a book and not read it myself - happy to reread this series with my daughter!), Pathfinder from Orson Scott Card and another book by Jay Parini.
So tell me what you've been reading.... I'm always looking for new books!