Sunday, June 15, 2014

A Peek at My Week -- Summer Edition! {6/15/14}

Ahhh....summer vacation.  I didn't think it would ever arrive, but it did!  Welcome to this week's edition of A Peek at My Week, my weekly linky party where we can link up and share what we've got going on for the upcoming week. I hope you will link up with me.
Like many of you, I am one of those teachers who uses her summer break to get ready for next year.  Sure, there is lots of rest (naps!), relaxation and FUN, but I also use these weeks to learn new things for next year. I love to read and I have a stack of professional books I hope to get through.  Here are just a few:
I have actually read about half of this book by Jeff Anderson already and it is so amazing that I am going to start over and take notes.  Seriously, if you are looking for some great ways to take your writing instruction to the next level, this is a must read!
When I saw this book on Amazon, I looked at the preview.  After the first five pages of the preview, I had already written down two ideas I wanted to use.  Can't wait to read the rest!
Since we are moving towards standards based grading next year, I want to do more with learning targets.  This book will help.

On Wednesday, I will be heading to Indiana for the All Write Summer Institute "Daring Greatly."  While this is a smaller literacy conference, the line up of presenters isn't.  Here is who I will see:
Donalyn Miller
Kelly Gallagher
Stephanie Harvey
Barry Lane
I will post about my experiences at the conference, but if you want to know what happens when it happens, follow me on Twitter @laffinteach.  

Not bad for my first week of break!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Your conference sounds amazing - can't wait to hear more about it. Thanks for the professional reading ideas - have three on my list for the summer - fingers crossed I get at least one done : )

  2. Wow! Those are some fabulous presenters! Lucky you! And I love Jeff Anderson - I've heard him many times and his books are fabulous.

    Krazy Town

  3. Those books look interesting - thanks for the recommendations! :)

    Mrs. Spangler in the Middle

  4. I can't wait to hear about your conference! Those are some huge names! Ever since I looked at that link you sent, I have been wishing I could go! Enjoy and thank you for the professional book titles! I can always use some more of those!

    Fit to be Fourth


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