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Professional teaching communities

Here are some ways to become part of the professional English language arts teaching community:

1. Join a professional organization. Some possible organizations…

2. Read one professional book a year. See if you can find other teachers to read the same book as you in order to form a book club. Some good books include:

Atwell, N. (1989). In the middle: Writing, reading and learning with adolescents. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann/Boynton/Cook.

Daniels, H. (2001). Literature circles: Voice and choice in the student-centered classroom (2nd ed.). Portland, ME: Stenhouse.

Fountas, I.C., & Pinnell, G.S. (1996). Guided reading: Good first teaching for all children. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Fountas, I.C., & Pinnell, G.S. (2001). Guiding readers and writers grades 3-6: Teaching comprehension, genre, and content literacy. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Hansen, J. (2001). When writers read (2nd ed.). Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Harvey, S., & Goudvis, A. (2000). Strategies that work: Teaching comprehension to enhance understanding. Portland, ME: Stenhouse.

Hindley, J. (1996). In the company of children. Portland, ME: Stenhouse.

Miller, D. (2002). Reading with meaning: Teaching comprehension in the primary grades. Portland, ME: Stenhouse.

Taberski, S. (2000). On solid ground: Strategies for teaching reading K-3. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Zimmermann, S., & Keene, E.O. (1997). Mosaic of thought: Teaching comprehension in a reader’s workshop. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Professional book publisher websites…