Anyway, since September, these are the books I've read, or at least the ones I remember. I am including the books I've read for grad school classes, since they're obviously books, so I think it counts towards my total.
1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
2. Somebody to Love by Kristen Higgins
Totally chick lit, totally predicable... but I couldn't help loving it. The main character, Parker Welles discovers that her father just lost the family fortune in an insider-trading scheme. Suddenly without a home or the luxuries she is used to, Parker heads to Maine to check out a house she had inherited from her aunt a few years before. Once she arrives though, she discovers that the house is really a shack and needs a ton of work before she can sell it to make some money. Conveniently, James, her father's right-hand man is also from Maine and comes up to help her out. Hmmm... wonder what will happen with these two? Like I said, cliched and predictable, but very well written and a fun easy read.
3. All I Ever Wanted by Kristen Higgins
4. The Next Best Thing by Kristen Higgins
5. Classroom Instruction that Works by Dean et. al.
Obviously this was a class book. A pretty good read in terms of teaching strategies books. Most of their ideas are easy, to the point, and (most importantly) effective. I got a lot out of this book and the discussion we had in class about it. It's a quick read with short, focused chapters that don't bore you with a million facts. Definitely one I would recommend to other teachers.
6. Revisiting Professional Learning Communities at Work by DuFour et. al.
Another class book. This one was heavy (literally and figuratively). It has a million ideas on how to create a true learning community withing your school or district. However, it requires the ability to make substantial changes, something not a lot of individual teachers have the power to do. I loved reading about the potentials of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), but I honestly felt a little overwhelmed and defeated by this book.
7. Differentiated Assessment One Tool Doesn't Fit All by Carolyn Chapman and Rita King
You guessed it, grad school book. I didn't love this one. Yes, it had some great ideas on how to differentiate assessment. Some of which I'm actually using in my classroom. But I found the writing to be both boring and overly wordy. Often I found myself skimming through sections to just get the gist of it and move on.
8. How to Differentiate Instruction in a Mixed-Ability Classroom by Carol Ann Tomlinson
Yet another book for school. This one I really liked. It's all about differentiating instruction (duh!) but in ways that are easy to manage and meaningful. Often books bout DI tell you what you should be doing in theory, but don't explain how to do it in an actual classroom with real kids. This book did just that in a way that was easy to read and descriptive. A great read for anyone looking to better meet the needs of their students.