We admit it: Sometimes professional reading leaves us yawning and wondering when the author last stepped foot in a classroom. But other times, one powerful sentence can completely change the way we think about our classrooms. Here are some quotes about teaching from recent professional books that made us stop, reflect, and think in new ways.
1. On the pleasures of guided reading.
2. On finding one’s self.
—Kylene Beers & Robert E. Probst, Disrupting Thinking: Why How We Read Matters
3. On your motto as a writing teacher.
4. On knowing our kids.
—Nancie Atwell & Anne Atwell Merkel, The Reading Zone, Second Edition: How to Help Kids Become Skilled, Passionate, Habitual, Critical Readers
5. On the power of mentor texts.
6. On connecting with families.
—Karen Mapp, Ilene Carver, and Jessica Lander, Powerful Partnerships: A Teacher’s Guide to Engaging Families for Student Success
7. On reading as a superpower.
—Pam Allyn & Ernest Morrell, Every Child a Super Reader: 7 Strengths to Open a World of Possible
8. On allowing more student choice.
—Jeffrey D. Wilhelm and Michael W. Smith, Reading Unbound: Why Kids Need to Read What They Want—and Why We Should Let Them
9. On the difference between reading and writing.
10. On problem solving.
11. On making time for wonder.
—Lester L. Laminack, The Ultimate Read-Aloud Resource