Before I started teaching all I did in my spare time was read. I read anything and everything and devoured them like my life depended on it. When I started teacher training my reading time was used on reading books that supported my learning in and out of the classroom. This still rings true today, but one of my personal gals is to read a fictional or personal reading book before I go to bed even if it is just five minutes just to 'switch off'.
As I have many books on the go I thought I would share them, maybe give people some ideas on what to read next and I can hopefully get some future recommendations.
What are you reading? Leave a comment with a tag to your blog and I and others can take a look.
Book one (Book for learning) Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica, Creative Schools: Revolutionising education from the ground up.
(Taken from Amazon website) Ken Robinson - Creative Schools
Ken Robinson is one of the world's most influential voices in education. In this inspiring, empowering book, he sets out a new vision for how education can be transformed to enable all young people to flourish. Filled with practical examples and groundbreaking research, it will inspire the change our children urgently need.
'Compelling ... an elegant, powerfully written manifesto for change' Tristram Hunt, Guardian
'Inspires and brings a new sense of possibility to the goal of transforming education . . . This is a global game-changer' Brené Brown, author of Daring Greatly
'Wonderful and enjoyable' Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Prize Laureate
As a teacher and a parent, I find Sir Ken Robinson fascinating. His TED talk is one of the, if not the most watched talks on the TED website. This book looks into how and why teachers should teach creatively and how you can do this within the classroom not just for individual teachers but for the whole school. This book is being read not just because I find Robinson's work interesting but because it is part of my reading list for my Master which is looking at art and spiritual development. UPDATE - I am slowly reading this book. It is such an interesting read, but I am struggling to read it at night (especially because of the football) so it's more a pick up and read while stirring the pasta sauce kinda book. Hopefully will be finished by next week.
Book two (Picture book) The Dinosaur That Pooped a Planet! by Tom Fletcher and Danny Poynter illustrated by Gary Parsons.
(Taken from the Amazon website) The dinosaur that pooped a planet
In this laugh-out-loud rhyming picture book, Danny and Dinosaur are off on an adventure in space!
But when Danny realises he's forgotten Dino's lunch box, the very hungry dinosaur eats everything in sight, including their only way back home: the rocket!
How will Dino get them back down to earth?
Find poop, planets and pandemonium in this supersonic space adventure!
Another book that I have read previously with a Year 2 class, yet I am also really looking forward to reading this book for pleasure. I have a big soft spot for Tom Fletcher's books. With all my picture books I read at home I normally read them once a day for the whole week as I feel with good picture books you can read them over and over again and there is always something new that you have spotted.
Book three (Children's book) Terry Deary's Roman Tales: The captive Celt by Terry Deary
(Taken from the Amazon Website) Terry Deary - The Captive Celt
From the bestselling author of Horrible Histories... AD 51 Bran is a slave, a prisoner of Rome, but dreams of one day returning to his homeland, Britannia, to fight against the Romans. When the proud young slave is overheard criticising Rome, he is thrown into prison and faces execution the next day. Luckily, his cell mate Caratacus is a very special prisoner indeed - a British chief. He believes he has a way to save both their skins, but he'll need Bran's help. A tale based on a key moment in Roman history, full of Terry Deary's dark humour and dry wit. Book band: Brown / Ideal for ages 7+ / Quizzed for Accelerated Reader.
This is a book that I read to my Year 4 class during a teacher training placement. It was used as a stimulus for a later topic on diary writing based around our topic theme of the Romans. Lots of fun was had by the class with role play and hot-seating. Even though I have read this a few times, it was looked at (well, more analysed..) into ways that I could use the book in a sequence of lessons. This time I want to read the book for pleasure and also it should be great for my very reluctant boy reader (Thing 2).
Book four (Reading for pleasure) How to get pregnant fast by Dr Emma Gray
(Taken from the Amazon Website) How to get pregnant fast by Dr Emma Gray
Easy to read and informative, this book will guide you through the physical and emotional roller coaster of getting pregnant. Based on her professional and personal experience of infertility Dr Emma Gray, a mother of 4 conceived naturally over the age of 35, despite being told she was 'infertile', shares scientifically proven strategies to prepare your mind and body to conceive naturally and quickly. Including comprehensive information on diet, supplements, optimising ovulation and conception, lifestyle, complementary approaches, psychological techniques and dealing with miscarriage, you will be able to get pregnant without needing to read anything else. Dr Emma Gray is a Clinical Psychologist and awarding winning author with 16 years of experience helping people overcome infertility. Her book is written so you can quickly and easily understand what you need to do to get pregnant and feel confident that whatever has happened before, this is possible for you.
I have decided not to read a fiction book this week, as I have really wanted to start reading about fertility straight away. So far this book is really informative, with some starting pointers to help in particularly with diet. You can get this book through Kindle Unlimited at the moment for free.
Book Five (Audio/ Audible Book)
( Taken from the Audible website) Their Lost Daughters
First came Holmes. Then came Rebus. Now we introduce the only detectives you’ll be talking about this year, Jackman and Evans. The brainchild of Joy Ellis, our breakthrough crime author of 2018, Their Lost Daughters is the first in an unmissable new series that has everyone at Audible HQ hooked. Performed by Richard Armitage, we join the CID team of the Lincolnshire Fens as. they hunt a merciless and twisted killer responsible for a series of shocking disappearances and murders.
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