DEN Reads… and Shares

Are you ready to stock up on some summer reading? Check out some of these great professional suggestions from our fellow DEN Readers! We will post new suggestions every week. Don’t forget that you can add your own favorites and earn points for DEN Spring Training. Make your recommendations HERE!


Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day

by Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams

ISBN: 978-1-56484-315-9

DEN Rating (1 – 5): 4

Reviewer: Katie from California




Around Reading Workshop in 180 Days

By Frank Serafini

ISBN: 0-325-00830-2

DEN Rating: 4

This book has an easy to follow plan on how to run your reading workshop. My favorite quote from the book is “The reading workshop is nothing more than an organizational framework for reading instruction.” There really wasn’t a shift in my thinking, but something that validated what I already do in my room is the way to teach reading. One take-away I had was that teaching reading in the workshop way is the most effective way to teach reading and that all workshops can look different, but they have the same goal…effective reading instruction. It is a great read for elementary language arts teachers to guide them or inspire them to enhance, tweak, change or start a reading workshop in their classroom. I want to read the science formative assessment book that was featured on this blog. It looks like a great resource for CCS.

Reviewer: Kelly from Michigan



Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work

By Richard DuFour, Rebecca DuFour, Robert Eaker, and Thomas Many

ISBN: 1932127933

DEN Rating: 4

I love the ideas of using PLCs. It is a best practice that my school in engaged in, however, I felt the book repeated itself somewhat. It gave unique ideas for finding time to collaborate that we are currently using. The idea that shifted my thinking was the term “mutually accountable” and how the buy-in process is essential for the progression of student learning. That PLCs cannot not be a “top-down” thing forced by the administration. Since completion of this book, we have started a book club at my school. There is a representative from each grade level and we plan to highly encourage everyone to read this book as next year we will be in our second year of continuing the PLC process.

Reviewer: Allison from Montana





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