Reading is one of my favorite summer activities. I'm an omnivore as a reader, so I'm usually reading more than one book at a time. Rarely do I finish a book in one sitting, especially a professional development book; however, Total Participation Techniques: Making Every Student an Active Learner (Himmele and Himmele, 2011) is one I devoured in an afternoon. Here's what made this text a great book for me:
While I read, I jotted a list of techniques to incorporate into the unit I'm writing. Engaging the middle school learner, especially in ELA, can be notoriously challenging. Thinking about my students, I can easily see how they would be drawn to these activities. Here are a few that I'm already working into lesson plan drafts:
Overall, I'd definitely recommend Himmele and Himmele's book for any teacher's professional library.