The school year is so busy, that it is difficult to find time to get to all those back-burner items on your to-do list. You know what I'm talking about....all those things you tell yourself you'll get to next week and never do. One of those for me is getting through my teacher reading list. If you have one, great. If you'd like to create one, but don't know where to start, here are my top five suggestions for authors to read that address some of today's most pressing educational challenges...
1. Ralph Fletcher has written a number of books on how to run writer's workshops, engage your male writers and how to make writing matter to students.
2. Alfred Tatum has written extensively about how to teach so African American males are successful in classes that teach literacy.
3. Jawanza Kunjufu has written over 30 books on the education of African Americans.
4. Jeffrey Wilhelm has researched and written extensively about how to educate struggling readers.
5. Richard Allington has looked at Response to Intervention and writes about what he believes must really be done to help close achievement gaps.