Being a new teacher entering into the first year of teaching is always going to have its challenges. But this year? We're willing to bet that some trusted guidance is necessary. So since we can't be right there with you, we wanted to offer a list of new-teacher essentials that we think might help to have on your shelf for when you need advice from the experts. And while these books weren't written specifically for online instruction, the ideas can be applied in any setting should you find yourself teaching from home this fall.
Here is just a sample of the many literacy resources Stenhouse has to offer that you can add to your professional-learning bookshelf.
Writing workshop sounded simple enough when you learned about it, but implementing it in real life is a different story. In Welcome to Writing Workshop, Stacey Shubitz and Lynne Dorfman give you the nuts and bolts of this important method of writing instruction—from what materials to have at the ready, to making time for your own writing practice—this book is the warm welcome to writing workshop you can turn to again and again.
Patterns of Power by Jeff Anderson and Whitney La Rocca is the only resource out there that shows you how to teach grammar and conventions using real texts to teach real writing—without worksheets. The lessons inside show you step-by-step how to weave authentic grammar instruction into your schedule in just ten minutes per day and teachers all over the country are in love with it. If you don’t believe us, join the Patterns of Power Community Facebook Group to find out more.
You can’t go wrong with anything written by Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis, so their Strategies That Work is an absolute must-have. Inside you’ll find a solid introduction to reading comprehension instruction, including the principles that guide practice, suggestions for text selection, and a review of recent research that underlies comprehension instruction. Then they give you 30 handy lessons to put those principles into practice. You’ll learn how to integrate comprehension instruction across the curriculum and the school day.
Overall Literacy Instruction
If you’re not familiar with Regie Routman, you need to start now! Literacy Essentials isn’t just about literacy. This inspirational, practical resource is written and organized to guide educators to develop and sustain a trusting and joyful, schoolwide culture that fosters high expectations, expert teaching, and high achievement across the curriculum. Teachers will learn how and why to create equitable learning opportunities for all learners. It really has it all. You should really think of this book as a tool to dip in and out of when you need guidance on what it has to offer. It is your trusted friend you can go to for advice over and over again.
This is the first in a series of our new-teacher essentials blog posts where we round up tools and resources we think should be on every new teacher’s bookshelf. Next time, we’ll give you our picks for books to benefit and support math instruction in the elementary school grades.