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Readings for Student Teachers

My student teacher’s program informed me that I could give her some reading to do over the winter recess. (I’ve already met Miss M., as I’ll refer to her going forward, and she’s fantastic! She spent the past five days in my classroom getting to know my students, which was something no other student teacher of mine has ever done before.) Miss M. seconded the idea of winter recess reading, so I tried to put together what I think is a good list of books for one to read to get ready for student teaching.

Here’s what I told her to read, which I think represents some of the strongest thinking for getting ready to teach Reading and Writing Workshop and for using the Responsive Classroom Approach.

Choice Words: How Our Language Affects Children’s Learning (Peter H. Johnston)
Chapters 4 – 6
How’s It Going: A Practical Guide to Conferring with Student Writers (Carl Anderson)
The entire book
Responsive Classroom: Level I Workbook (NEFC)
This book is from the Responsive Classroom Training I did during the Summer of 2006. I suggested that she read Parts 1 – 4, Parts 7 – 8, and Part 10, though the entire book is useful.
The Art of Teaching Reading (Lucy Calkins)
Chapters 3 – 8, 12, 18-20, 21, 25 – 26
When Kids can’t Read: What Teachers Can Do (Kyleen Beers)
Chapters 6 – 8; Appendices C, F, and M
Wondrous Words: Writers and Writing in the Elementary Classroom (Katie Wood Ray)
Chapters 1, 12 – 15
Writing to Persuade: Minilessons to Help Students Plan, Draft, and Revise (Karen Caine)
Chapter 1 (since she’s going to be teaching an Editorials Unit) and any of the chapters within Part II that will help her plan the unit of study she’ll be teaching.

Did I miss anything??? (Honestly, I missed a lot of my personal favorites, but I was thinking about this as a way to provide basic balanced literacy reading while remembering that the holidays are coming.)

Stacey Shubitz View All

I am a literacy consultant who focuses on writing workshop. I've been working with K-6 teachers and students since 2009. Prior to that, I was a fourth and fifth-grade teacher in New York City and Rhode Island.

I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).

I live in Central Pennsylvania with my husband and children. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, doing Pilates, cooking, baking, making ice cream, and reading novels.

4 thoughts on “Readings for Student Teachers Leave a comment

  1. I personally think that Georgia Heard’s, The Revision Toolbox, is a must have! Great techniques for revising and quite easy to read!

    I too am loving the book Writing to Persuade by Caine. I will be starting my persuasive unit with my 5th graders in January.


  2. What a great list, Stacey! And what a lucky student teacher. I don’t know what her background is, but I honestly think Teaching with Intention: Defining Beliefs, Aligning Practice, Taking Action K-5 by Debbie Miller (who also wrote Reading with Meaning) would be a great book for student teachers. It gets at what is important though good and accessible writing; her voice is wise and encouraging. She gets at what “feels” right in a classroom environment and in accountable talk. The book includes a commentary by Peter Johnston.

    I also love Conferring with Readers by Jennifer Serravallo and Gravity Goldberg. This book has been very helpful to me in my classroom and to the teachers I work with through staff developments. It helps turn five minutes with a reader into a learning goldmine!


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