If you’ve followed my blog for a while, then you know that for the last 2 years my role has been a dual role… I’ve been a 1/2 day resource teacher for 5th, 6th,7th and 8th grade students who have not shown success in their core math classrooms AND I’ve been working with teachers 1/2 day during their planning to help them with various ideas in the classroom.
At the end of the school year, our new principal pulled me aside and told me that he wanted to utilize me as a full-time Instructional Math Coach!!!! What?! I’m so stinkin’ excited for this! I may end up still needing to take one class so that we can keep our new Math 8 classes smaller, but regardless, this is a big step!
Since I haven’t been a “true” coach for over 5 years, I decided to buy a few books to get back in the right mindset! Soooo…. here are the books I’ve purchased and cannot wait to start reading!
Quite the pile, eh? I spent a lot of time researching and trying to find the right books, so here is a break down of what I purchased AND links to each in case you wanted to purchase them for yourself.
Also, after reading, I plan to write at least one blog summary on each book 🙂
The first book, “What Principals Need to Know About Teaching and Learning Mathematics” by Timothy Kabold, et al. on my pile was given to me at a recent math conference I attended, Principals Partnering with Teacher Leaders to Support High Quality Mathematics Instruction. My principal and I both attended this conference and it was one of the BEST conferences I’ve ever attended. We were each given this book and the presenters did an amazing job of making the conference applicable to BOTH principals and Math Teacher Leaders. I’ve already begun highlighting pieces of this book and cannot wait to take it back and use portions of it this coming year!
“What Principals Need to Know About Teaching and Learning Mathematics”
While we were attending the Partnership conference, another math coach introduced me to “Building Powerful Numeracy for Middle and High School Students” by Pamela Weber Harris. As soon as I flipped through a few pages, I ordered it off of Amazon! I was even more excited that I could purchase it with a facilitators guide.
We have found been working on building a better vertical articulation between all of our standards and transitions in our division. This book has some great ideas on how to build the numeracy at the middle school level if the student doesn’t come to you with the numeric reasoning already.
I’m super excited to use this book with my teachers (maybe even do a book study with them!) because so often it seems impossible to teacher the numeracy AND the standards at our level. I think this book may help us embrace this necessary balance
“Building Powerful Numeracy for Middle and High School Students”
While I was searching for books that were must reads, I came across this catchy title and just couldn’t resist! Jill Jackson’s book, “Get Some GUTS, Coach!” is a book that answers frequently asked instructional coach questions. In addition to answering these vital questions she also gives advice on 6 steps that every instructional coach needs to help build a successful math program!
“Get Some GUTS, Coach!”
I’m sure you’ve already heard WAAAAY too much from me on this book! It’s part of our double book study happening this summer! Here is my latest post that will direct you to the three posts my friends have written so far this summer! I’ll be chiming in next Wednesday on Number relationships; Multiplication and Proportional Reasoning
“Good Questions for Math Teaching: 5-8”
“Student Centered Coaching: A guide for K-8 Coaches and Principals” is all about embracing a collaborative planning model to create a more student-centered approach. What drew me the most to this book is that it continues to embrace having Principal support for your math program.
“Student Centered Coaching: A guide for K-8 Coaches and Principals”
“Student Centered Coaching at the Secondary Level”, also by Diane Sweeney, takes the same principles from the K-8 book and applies it to Middle and High School teaching. I’m excited to use both books to help for a better vertical conversation at the division level!
“Student Centered Coaching at the Secondary Level”
“Models of Intervention in Mathematics” is just that… a book of successful intervention models. We are always looking for new ways to help remediate and make our RTI program more efficient! I’m excited for any new ideas that I may glean from this book!
“Models of Intervention in Mathematics”
This is a book I picked up on a recommendation of Meg Anderson (The Teacher Studio) who did a book study on “The Differentiated Math Classroom” last summer. You can read more about the book in her first post of last summer (you will see her other posts at the bottom of the post as well!)
“The Differentiated Math Classroom”
When I was looking for other books to grab, I came across “Instructional Practices That Maximize Student Achievement: For Teachers, by Teachers”. Even though it wasn’t math content specific, I snagged it immediately. To me a book that is “for teachers, by teachers” is like a book of well tested recipes. Super excited to see what information I can share with my teachers from this book!
“Instructional Practices That Maximize Student Achievement: For Teachers, by Teachers”
This last book may seem like a strange one to have on my stack based on all my other pics. “Educating students in Poverty: Effective Practices for Leadership and Teaching” was written, in part, by Mark Lineberg, our division’s new Superintendent. Given the amount of poverty our school system has, I am interested to see some effective practices but also to get to know my new Superintendent a little bit better before the school year begins.
“Educating students in Poverty: Effective Practices for Leadership and Teaching”
So there you have it…. my summer reading list! I am pretty stoked about my “new” position. I’ll try my best to come back and revisit each book over the coming weeks to give you more details of what I learn!