Summer Reading List: Professional Development, Third Edition
Summer is finally here! After I take a little time to relax and recharge, the planning and organizing for next year will begin. As usual, I have chosen three professional books to read over the summer to enrich, inspire and improve my teaching for next year. Here is what is on my list for 2018.
Teaching with Vitality by Peggy D. Bennett and Vicky Suarez
I love teaching music to children more than any other job I could have. No matter how badly I feel when I roll into work the children inspire and make me happy every day. That does not mean that I always feel positive about being a teacher, my teaching, work-life balance and the stresses that come along with the joy. This title has been on my “want to read” list since we posted the book review last year. I am claiming this summer for self-care and looking forward to learning and practicing ways to be the best teacher I can be AND my best self, using the strategies in this text.
Play, Sing and Dance: An Introduction to Orff Schulwerk by Doug Goodkin
While I am quite familiar with Orff philosophy I continue to learn the more I read from a variety of sources. This book is a solid introduction to the Orff teaching philosophy. It includes historical background, information about why teaching elements are included in the work, explanations of terminology used by Orff practitioners and an overview of how to use the Music for Children Volumes. If you are new to Orff or curious as to what it is all about this book is a great place to start. If you are not new to Orff and haven’t yet read this text it is a good “review” and may offer new perspectives to inform your teaching and understanding of the work.
Compassionate Music Teaching A Framework for Motivation and Engagement in the 21st Century by Karin S. Hendricks
The professional development focus in my school district is inquiry-based learning, equity and student engagement. This title aligns with our district-wide learning focus. I plan to use what I learn in my reading as the basis for one of my professional learning goals next year. The book begins by defining compassion as it relates to teaching music, then shares models of music educators who have successfully implemented compassionate teaching. The following chapters highlight trust, empathy, patience, inclusion, community and authentic connection. I am truly excited to read this book and would love to discuss what I am reading with other music educators to deepen my understanding.
What does your summer professional reading list include? Please share titles you plan to read or re-read in the comments below. It may be just the inspiration someone else is looking for to make his or her summer reading list work.
For even more ideas, check out our lists from summers past!