I always look forward to spending some quality reading time during the summer and am looking for recommendations. Please recommend your favorite educational book and "just for fun" reads for teachers.

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If you haven't checked out the "Books that Matter" group, you might want to.

My recommendations would include Three Cups of Tea and Wikinomics.
This is perfect - thanks!!
I'm listening to Three Cups of Tea on my MP3--I was thinking to myself this morning how much I've enjoyed it since there are 100's of Pakistani names which I wouldn't know how to pronounce---

I mentioned a (non educational) book I'm getting ready to read here. I'm waiting for it to come in the mail.
Might I suggest Leaving Microsoft to Change the World by John Wood.
I'd highly recommend "The Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch and "Big Russ and Me" by Tim Russert. Both are excellent books - and not just for teachers. Fun books to read with great points about life!
We're having this same conversation in our Elementary Reading Teachers group. Check out our responses so far at http://www.classroom20.com/group/elementaryreadingteachers/forum
If you have not read Teaching with Love and Logic, it's a great read and I highly recommend it for all teachers.

If you are looking for fun books just to enjoy, Shoe Addicts Anonymous is just a joyful fun read. It's also in paperback, so it can go poolside and doesn't take up much space in a carry on bag.
My favorite book about teaching is an inspirational memoir called Educating Esme about a woman's first year in the classroom. Its wonderful and funny!
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How about "Teaching for Tomorrow" by Ted McCain, Corwin Press.

Short and concise with some very insightful thoughts about how we have learned to teach.

Arlene
I'm reading Clay Shirky's Here Comes Everybody.

He examines the social impact of Web 2.0.
Try What Works in Classroom Instruction. It is free provided by the Dept of Education. It is a very interesting and surprising books about instructional strategies.

http://schools.u-46.org/index.pl?id=19861&isa=Item&field_na...

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