Professional Readings

The following is a collection of professional literature which has inspired and affected my methods of teaching and personal pedagogy. These readings demonstrate my commitment and drive as a lifelong learner.

Hutchinson, Nancy L. (2010). Inclusion of Exceptional Learners in Canadian Schools: a Practical Handbook for Teachers. 3rd ed. Toronto: Pearson.
Hutchinson's book addresses multiple exceptionalities that teachers can expect to find in their inclusive classrooms. This book offers practical advice for incorporating all students into the classroom and ensuring all students are getting the education they require.

Lambert, Linda. (1998). Building Leadership Capacity in Schools. Alexandra, VA: ASCD.
Lambert's book focuses on shared leadership within a school. It centralizes around the issue of building a community amongst all members of the school and community. It includes specific case studies which offer great advice of implementation of shared leadership programs. I believe shared leadership amongst schools and the evolving role of the principal is crucial to the future of schools today.

Differentiation in Action by Judith Dodge.
In using sources such as Bloom’s Taxonomy and Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence Theory, Dodge's book provides teachers with a multitude of practical methods of differentiation. That notions addressed throughout this helpful book will play an integral role in knowing the individual learning needs of my students.

The Daily 5, Fostering Literacy Independence in Elementary Grades. Gail Boushey and Joan Moser.
Used throughout school districts in North America, this book and related developed programs help teachers to develop efficient and effective literacy blocks. Providing tips for smooth transitions and guidelines for student engagement, this book plays a substantial role throughout my teaching style.

Prensky, Marc. "Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants." On the Horizon 9.5 (2001): 1-6. Web. 13 Oct. 2010.
This article addresses the notion of technology. It centralizes around the way educators teach their students about the past and links this to how we should be preparing them for the future. Prensky argues that in looking how education has, for the most part, not been successful in the past, he offers advice on incorporating the technology students use in their lives into the classroom. He offers helpful advice and useful techniques about effectively incorporating aspects of technology into our teaching styles.