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Let's Talk About Books! linky

Thanks to everyone who linked up.  I'm enjoying reading all of the wonderful posts.
Congratulations to Kelly McCarthy for winning the giveaway last week!
This week I chose one of my favorite PD books of all time to talk about.
If you've followed my blog or attended one of my presentations then you know that I LOVE Debbie Miller.
Reading one of her books is so easy because if truly feels like you are having a conversation with an old friend.  Reading with Meaning is the first book I read by Debbie Miller and it changed the way I use Read alouds in my room.  Instead of just reading a book for enjoyment and then putting it away we read it several times so that we can really DIG in and get to know the characters and plot in the book.
You can click on the book cover to read the reviews on Amazon.

Here are a few posts I've made that incorporate some of Debbie Miller's strategies.

Teaching with Intention is another book that is a must have for any teacher.
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book.
You can click on the book cover to read the reviews on Amazon.

I really liked her idea for building on Prior Knowledge so I "tweaked"  her idea and 
my Schema Charts were born.
Here's a look at one of our schema charts.  

There are so many great resource books out there.
 If you have one that you love please tell me about it in the comments section!
Thanks so much for visiting my blog.  
I hope you will consider linking up!


  1. I love that Debbie Miller book! I originally purchased it because of the cover picture. I wanted my classroom to look like that. But what a treasure is inside the book! I love the signals she uses with her kids and the book lists! Thanks for this linky!
    Teachers Are Terrific!

  2. I have not read either Debbie Miller book. I will definitely be reading Teaching with Intention this summer. I love getting book recommendations from other teachers!

    I think the best books for anyone teaching math are the Young Mathematicians at Work books. There is one for addition, multiplication, fractions and algebra and they are all well written and full of really good ideas. My must read book for anyone who teaches fractions is A Focus on Fractions. It does a great job of explaining the latest research in how kids learn fractions and is very helpful in making teachers more intentional in how they go about teaching fractions.

    The Math Maniac

  3. Debbie Miller's book Reading with Meaning is fantastic! Another great resource is Growing Readers. I love your schema charts - way cuter than a normal K-W-L! Thanks for sharing.


  4. Thank you, thank you, Deanna. I just now picked up the Kindle edition of Teaching with Intention. (Kindle makes more pro books fit in the budget :) ) This year's class was not easy and there's nothing like a "hard" class for making you reflect and hone the craft. It sounds like Debbie Miller's book will give some structure to my thoughts. And thanks so much for your linky, too. I love finding new bloggers and books, and love when new people find me! Kathleen at Kidpeople Classroom

  5. I have read both of the books. Reading with Meaning and Teaching with Intention. I completely agree. They are both awesome and must haves for all teachers!

    Fit to be Fourth

  6. We have and LOVE Debbie Miller's book!!! Thank you for creating this amazing Book Linky...SO many valuable ideas and resources! We are very happy to link up and SHARE!!!
    Victoria & Tricia♥♥♥

  7. Love, love, love Debbie Miller's books! Every time I read them I see something new. <3

  8. Thanks so much for sharing!! This is the first I've heard of her, will definitely be checking her out!! Thanks again!!

  9. Thank you for the recommendations for both my professional and classroom library!
    Short and Sassy Teacher

  10. I, too, am a Debbie Miller fan! A number of years ago, I had the honor of doing a minor workshop at a Reading Recovery conference where she was giving the keynote. All the presenters had dinner together, and I was like a groupie, hanging on her every word! :) Her influence had my first graders sprinkling their conversation with words like "schema" and "prior knowledge" - so impressive to listen to them monitoring their own understanding that way! Powerful ideas!!
    Thanks for this great linky!

  11. Love Debbie Miller so much! I consider her my "mentor", and I bet that others do, too. :)

  12. Both of Debbie's books are so wonderful - I've organized my classroom books based on mental images, schema, etc. I use both of them regularly in my literacy instruction!

    I love how you modified her "Schema Chart" & use those regularly for various units of study as well.

    The book Iinked up with was Teach Like a Champion, it is full of fun ideas, tips, tricks, & proven research methods for management & instructional best practices. I love using 100%, Board = Paper, & Vegas!

  13. Thanks for sharing this resource! It is one that I have not read but I did order it today off of Amazon!

  14. Classrooms that Work: They Can All Read and Write. Patricia Cunningham and Dick Allington. Simple, straight forward, doable principals that make a positive impact on students. Teaching for every day. Love it!

    Cori in TX (formerly WA)



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