I finished my first professional development book: Unmistakable Impact by Jim Knight. I would be lying if I said it was easy reading. I struggled through it and I'm not sure why.
It wasn't that it didn't have anything to offer, because it did. Maybe I was trying to focus "too hard" on it. I'm trying to "glean" as much information as I can from anywhere about being a good instructional coach.
Before I even finished the first chapter I told my husband: "Now I remember why I don't want to get my doctorate right now!"
Again there was A TON of good information in this book...A TON, I mean look at all the notes I took.
As a reader I've always struggled with college level texts that included a lot of citing and notations...this book is FULL of them. For me it makes the reading/comprehension choppy and doesn't flow well.
I found myself skimming and reading the "cliffs notes" (to sum it up sections) at the end of each chapter.
By no means am I telling you not to read this book...it is a good book! Just make sure you have time, limited distractions, time, and a place to take notes!
Here are a few of my own "cliffs notes" :
Because this isn't my book (as mentioned before)...I think I'm going to start a three-ring notebook with sheet protectors that will contain these sticky notes, articles I enjoy, etc. I'll keep you posted and put pictures up showing this.
Hope your summer reading is going well!