I have a confession to make. I have debated about sharing it, and I won't share all of the details, but I'm going to give you an abbreviated version.
I had a very difficult school year. I have taught for more than ten years, and this was hands down the hardest. In fact, I rarely blogged because I became so demoralized and frustrated that I thought I didn't have anything worth sharing.
This summer, I'm starting over. I am sure that you have noticed that my recent posts (now that I'm out of school) have had an overwhelming classroom management theme. I have found that everything that I had learned in ten plus years did not help me in my challenges of this school year: mainly behavior. Let's just say that I had a combination of very strong personalities that did not mesh well. At all. Not even a little. Because of this, I burned out earlier then usual.
When I was growing up, my cousins and I loved to play "let's pretend....". So, let's pretend that I am a first year teacher. I'm looking toward my first year of teaching. What types of resources and professional reads should I get to prepare myself for my "first" year?
I just bought this book:
I have to say, it has already really made me think. It has made me consider what behavior theory that I most fall in line with, and what I believe in.
A few days ago, I posted about the book, Not in My Classroom. This was a good book, but most of the information was geared toward high school teachers.
My question to you wonderful, smart teachers (and I REALLY need your answers for the sake of my sanity next year), what is your go to professional read? What book has helped you the most as a teacher in your classroom? Remember, I am a "first" year teacher!