As you may recall, I am reading Penny Kittle’s Write Beside Them as part of a professional development project along with several other teachers this summer. I am very excited about this project. Using my experience with the UbD Educators’ wiki coupled with this upcoming experience, I plan to present a session at the next GISA convention in November on using blogs and wikis for professional development. It is not too late to join us in reading Write Beside Them. Just come on over to the wiki and follow the instructions Lisa Huff provided.
I encouraged visitors to order their copies of Write Beside Them from Amazon because the book qualifies for free shipping, which would save buyers about $8. However, after two weeks with no word on when the book would ship or even when Amazon would consider a book that was released on May 1 as “released” (the button still says “preorder”), I decided that if I wanted to be sure of receiving my book before the reading begins, I had better cancel my order with Amazon and order the book directly from Heinemann, which is what I did just yesterday. I will let you all know when I receive the book so you can decide whether you need to do the same thing (links to Heinemann’s product information for the book are provided above). Amazon is generally really good about orders, and I don’t really think this problem is their fault. I suspect it might be Heinemann’s. I can’t recall the particulars, but I seem to remember having trouble ordering new Heinemann titles from Amazon before. I don’t know what the reason for the delay is, so I won’t speculate.