Social Sundays: Spring Break Reading List

Spring Break is coming up.  I'll not sugarcoat it.  I'm tired and ready for a break (which is not to say I don't love my students; I do!).  I am looking forward to a couple of lazy days and catching up on my reading.  This includes not only immersing myself in a great book (see my choices for this Spring Break at the bottom of this post) but also taking time to learn from a wealth of blog posts which I simply have bookmarked for later reading.  That time has come.  

Here's what's on my list:

Broad teaching Ideas:

  • Books that change one's teaching: I am afraid to say that Lauralee of the Language Arts Classroom may be my source of summer reading as she shares a list of books (not your usual teacher-fare) that changed her teaching.  I am looking forward to the post and adding some great resources for teachers to my booklist.

  • The Great Homework Debate:  We talk about the positives and negatives of homework all the time in my educational community.  I am looking forward to reading Amanda's (of Free to Discover) thoughts on homework in middle school.  I am sure there will be more information for me to contemplate on this important issue.

  • Biographies for a growth mindset:  I love biographies. We actually read them quite often in my history classroom.  I am looking forward to catching up on tips from Danielle Knight for how biographies can encourage a growth mindset.

  • Honor Multiple Intelligences:  Although I do not teach ELA anymore, I am always looking for tips for multiple intelligences.  The OCBeachteacher has a book project idea that I hope to adapt in my Social Studies classroom.  

  • Digital Literacy: Ideas for helping students develop digitally literacy from Gail Hennessey. This is definitely something my students could use continued help on, so I look forward to checking out Gail's ideas.

Getting ready for Spring Exams:

Preserving sanity (for me and my students):

  • Teens Mental Health:  I watch my super-stressed out students and wish I could do more.  I am looking forward to catching up on Ellen Weber's information on the mental state of teens.

My plan is to read 2-3 of these each morning after my run.  When I have a long afternoon, I will indulge in some novels.  
  • A Gentleman in Moscow: First on my list is a historical fiction novel called A Gentleman in Moscow which I am getting through at a snail's pace at the moment.  It's not the book; it's not enough time.  So far I am loving the story of a Russian count living in post-revolution Russia.  
  • The Paris Architect: If I finish the first novel, my second choice is also historical fiction.  i am looking forward to picking up The Paris Architect which I received as a gift in December and still haven't started.  Set in World War II (my favorite historical fiction period) in Paris(one of my top 5 favorite all time cities), the book tells the story of the risk an architect takes to create a secret space for Jewish clients.  It's supposed to be fantastic, so hopefully I will make enough time for this one as well.
And if you are looking for additional Spring Break reading, you can always catch up on your Social Sundays posts for some inspiration in the classroom or end of year planning.  Enjoy your break!  

Social Sundays is a bi-weekly post sharing tips, ideas, resources, and products for teaching social studies.  If you have questions or think there is something I should share, you can leave me a message in the comments below or at the store in the question and answer section.  



  1. Thank you for compiling such an interesting and varied list, can't wait to get reading and adding new tips and tricks to get me through the end of the year :-) ~Stephanie


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