I am on vacation, but I just finished reading Ditch That Textbook from Matt Miller. It was a great read! I enjoy all of his posts on his blog, but I felt like I was able to understand more of his whole philosophy by reading the book. As I have stated before, I have already decided to ditch my textbook for next year, but if you are on the fence, this is perfect for you. It cemented my ideas for what to do next year. It is a perfect balance of research and easy to implement ideas. I took a few book snaps to highlight some of my favorite parts. For example, I loved this idea about professional development and how to improve as a teacher:
I appreciate reading books that further strengthen what I believe in and even challenge some of my beliefs. It is nice to feel like you are on the same page as others since the classroom can be isolating.
In addition, Matt used to be a Spanish teacher. I appreciate that he can use that point of view to discuss the changes that he made. He includes all different types of teaching, and his ideas can apply to different subject matters. However, I traditionally feel that foreign language is an “add-on” to most books. It normally involves an out-dated approach that relies too much on whatever their method can be applied to grammar and vocabulary. Matt is able to describe how he practiced everything in his Spanish class without a long list of vocabulary or the resources from a textbook. I took away many easy to implement ideas, but this was one of my favorites:
I use Seesaw to have students blog. I need to start thinking about ways to view their blog as I view mine. I obviously make cumulative work with my posts, and many bloggers create the top 10 lists. Why not do the same with students?
I highly recommend that you read this book! I enjoyed reading it, and I read through it quickly on vacation with a three year old. Plus, I have many new ideas to help me process the changes that I will make next year sans textbook.