Friday, July 11, 2008

What are "The Sisters" and Cris Tovani Reading?



"The Sisters", Joan Moser and Gail Boushey, authors of The Daily Five just started a new website that you might want to check out. Gail and Joan visited Dublin this week and let us know what they are reading.

Gail has 3 daughters and this summer, Gail, her three daughters and Joan are having a family booktalk on the TWILIGHT series by Stephenie Meyer. They are all loving it!

Joan is also reading Anne McGill-Franzen's book KINDERGARTEN LITERACY. She is also reading The Western Guide to Feng Shui: Creating Balance, Harmony, and Prosperity in Your Environment. Her book "for fun" is ONE THOUSAND WHITE WOMEN: THE JOURNAL OF MAY DODD.

Gail is reading WHAT REALLY MATTERS IN FLUENCY by Richard Allington. She is also reading COMPREHENSION INSTRUCTION: BEST PRACTICES IN LITERACY INSTRUCTION.



Cris Tovani, author of I READ IT BUT I DON'T GET IT and DO I REALLY HAVE TO TEACH READING?

I am reading this really cool book about the brain. It's called BRAIN RULES by John Medina. He's a develpmental molecular biologist but don't let that scare you. The book is very readable. Medina's target audience is the business world and educators. On the plane a couple of weeks ago, I read about the book in USA Today and was intrigued by the author's 12 Principles for surviving and thriving at work, home, and school. Rule four happens to be: We don't pay attention to boring things. That alone hits home for my own learning as well as my teaching.

6 comments:

  1. I loved reading this series this week! thanks for the inside scoop on what some of my favorite authors are reading!

    A picture at the Field of Corn??!! :)

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  2. The book Cris is reading looks really good to me. I think I might pick it up.

    It's great to see what everyone is reading.

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  3. I didn't even notice The Field of Corn! What did they think of Dublin's ... "art"????

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  4. Yes, I think that Brain books sounds good TOO!

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  5. I've been debating about reading the brain book also. He has a website with lots of video clips:
    http://www.brainrules.com/

    Ok, that's it! I'm going to go grab my son's copy of the first book in the Twilight series- I think this is the third time I've read about it being recommended on blogs and my son stayed up all night reading the most recent one.

    Thanks for this series- I love reading about my favorite authors/mentors!

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  6. As far as brain books go, Maryanna Wolf's Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain bears exponential importance to what we do as educators. The book focuses on how instantaneous access to information via the internet is changing the way we work, changing the way we read, changing the very structure of our reading brains. I highly recommend that any teacher--or anyone just generally interested in what goes on up there--read it.

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