I believe being a writer is one of the biggest gifts you can give to your students. ~ Stacey Shubitz
This month I am participating in the Slice of Life Story Challenge. Thanks to Two Writing Teachers for creating a space for me to share my corner of the world.
Friday I wrote about a new addiction, Ink Joy gel pens, and it seems that I have lots of company with that addiction.
Today's post is about another obsession - buying professional books. Yes, I have many more than I need, and yes, I have some that I have not even read. "But I might learn something new" is my mantra and my justification when it comes to purchasing professional books.
Reading professional books is cheap PD. Many school districts are decreasing professional development opportunities for teachers due to budget cuts, and what I learn from reading these books and apply in my classroom, is well worth the money.
It is our responsibility as professionals to stay current in best teaching practices and to learn new ideas of what works in classrooms. Why would we not want to improve our teaching? Why would not want to personalize our PD to fit our individual needs and our passions? Why would we not want to read information on which to base our instructional decisions?
David Guerin wrote a great post "So You're an Educator and You're Not Reading" about taking ownership for our professional growth through reading professional books. It's a great read and further justification for my (and maybe your) addiction.
So what new books did I just order that will be pushing my thinking soon? Here's my list that should be arriving this week:
What professional books have you read or purchased lately?