The end of the school year is an incredibly busy time for everyone and to be honest, I am just catching up. I thought I would make a post about the books I've been reading lately. I am still following along with the Book Bunch schedule, I honestly just have not had time to update! If you have been following along as well, bravo! Share your reads with me in the comments. If not, July is as good as month as any to pick back up!
April: A Book to Improve Your Connection with Education
May: A Book Written for Your Students' Age Group
June: Wild Card!
July: A Book to Grow You as an Educator
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Comment below to tell us what you'll be reading for this month's Book Bunch. Hopefully this club has motivated you to indulge in the self-care you deserve!
Snarky's Suggestions for February: A Book for Personal or Professional Growth
#1: The Courage to Teach by Parker J. Palmer. Having a hard time getting inspired by the classroom lately? This book is a must-read. I read it last year at this time when I was having a particularly rough year, contemplating whether I even wanted to be in the classroom anymore. It's a refreshing, read that will truly renew your sense of purpose. (It even has an accompanying workbook which I've yet to try, but seems very useful.)
#2: Awakened: Change Your Mindset to Transform Your Teaching by Angela Watson. This one is on my personal to-read list and I've heard nothing but positive things about it. I am a firm believer in mind set being the key to changing our habits and this book is a guide to getting there.
#3: The Together Teacher by Maia Heyck-Merlin. Don't we all wish we could just feel like we have ourselves organized? I don't know about you, but I am constantly feeling like I am three steps behind no matter how much I plan and prepare. This book has practical tips and tools to help you form better habits to keep you organized and less stressed. Check it out.
#4: Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams. If you have never dabbled in the world of mindfulness, I highly suggest you give it a try. It has helped me on numerous occasions lead a more centered, fulfilled life. I will be honest, mindfulness isn't easy. That's why it's called a practice. Try it out - it might be a tool that will benefit your teaching and your life.
#5: Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Rain, and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes. This book has come highly recommended to me by several friends and family members. It is on my personal to-read list and hopefully will be one I read for Book Bunch.
Remember, Book Bunch is for you. If you aren't feeling it this month, skip it. Don't make it something else to add to your to-do list if you don't feel like it's going to inspire you. Choose a book that you are going to enjoy reading and you are going to get something out of. If February isn't your month, join us next month. Books shouldn't be something you have to do- they should be something you want to do.
Happy New Year, Educators! First, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to everyone who was so supportive during my hiatus. I had a lot on my plate with moving, finishing my Masters degree, and learning a new position, so blogging just wasn't an option. I'm back and ready to share now, so I hope you are all ready to journey with me. I'm excited to see what 2016 has to offer all of us.
My first venture into the new year is to create a book club for educators. I saw this idea on another blog, Modern Mrs. Darcy, and thought it was a great idea. I wanted to amend it for our little community of educators so that we can help each other grow as the year progresses.
Introducing, Snarky's Book Bunch. Each month we will have a different category to focus on in order to help us grow personally and professionally. Each category was chosen intentionally to cater to the flow of the school year.
Sharing our various book selections is going to happen in three ways:
Pinterest: A community board has been created to share reading ideas. It is a collaborative board, so if you are following me, I can add you as a collaborator. Just comment below with your e-mail address, mention you'd like to be added to the board, and I'll add you. You can also e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added as well.
Tumblr: Ongoing conversation will happen in the #education community of Tumblr using the hashtag #snarkysbookbunch. If you aren't an educator on Tumblr, you should be. Feel free to follow me as well.
Blog: Each month, I will update the blog with suggestions for that month's category. We can discuss book options for the next month and give updates on what we're reading.
I hope you are ready to join Snarky's Book Bunch this year. Comment below with what you'll be reading this month. I can't wait to hear all about it.
Here's to a great 2016!
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