Making It Work: Summer Reading 2019

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Summer Reading List: Professional Development, Fourth Edition

The end is near and it is time to begin thinking about my summer professional reading list! As I have stated in previous years, I set aside time to read three teaching-related books each summer too get the wheels turning and learn something new. Here is my list for this summer.

Orff Schulwerk Today; Nurturing Musical Expression and Understanding by Jane Frazee, Schott

This is another one of those books that was recommended by my levels instructors and I could not fit into my book budget at the time. I recently purchased this used and I am excited to dig in. Sections include: 1. Your Heritage, 2. Your Approach 3. Your Work 4. Your Commitment 5. Your Rewards. There are more than one hundred lesson suggestions using American songs and rhymes. I am looking forward to integrating these ideas into my lesson planning for next year.

Classroom Instruction that Works with English Language Learners second edition by Jane D. Hill and Kirsten B. Miller, ASCD

I work with a large number of students who are English language learners. Despite serving many students who are new to the English language, I have had little training on the best ways to meet their needs. I will be looking for instructional strategies to make music class an even more valuable time to acquire language while joyfully making music.

Empower: What Happens When Students Own Their Learning by John Spencer and A.J. Juliani, Impress

Student engagement is a hot topic in education, and is an area where Orff-Inspired teaching can shine! In this book the authors offer strategies to guide students past compliance to engagement in and out of the classroom. I am eager to find new tools and design strategies to enrich preparations for next year. The authors acknowledge the everyday challenges and provide practical solutions to overcome the barriers we may not be able to control.

What does your summer professional reading list include?  Please share titles you plan to read or re-read in the comments below. Have you read a book from our list and found it helpful? Please let us know about that in the comments as well. 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!

Summer Reading List 2018

Summer Reading List 2017

Summer Reading List 2016


About LeslieAnne Bird

LeslieAnne Bird

LeslieAnne Bird is a music and movement educator in North Olmsted, Ohio. She teaches general music for grades three to six as well as fifth and sixth grade band and orchestra and choir for grades three to six. She teaches music enrichment classes at the Strings Attached summer program as well as choral enrichment for The Orchestra program at Tri-C on Saturday afternoons. She is Vice president for the Greater Cleveland Orff Chapter and serving as the content curator for the Teaching With Orff community. She earned Orff Certification from Baldwin Wallace University in 2014, and has completed Level One World Music Drumming training.

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