The Classroom Chef by John Stevens and Matt Vaudrey
In my opinion, this was the best PD book I've read in a long time! It was full of inspiring ideas that I can't wait to put into action. While it's geared towards math classes, I think anyone could apply this to their content area as well. John and Matt use the cooking analogy to help teachers spice up their lessons. They give tons of great ideas from "Preparing the Kitchen" and "Setting the Table", to "Appetizers", "Entrees", "Side Dishes", "Desserts", and even "The Bill", "Reviews" and "Take-Home Containers".
How many lessons do we all have that are just plain boring and unmotivating? Pick one, and make it more exciting for your students with these recipes for success!
Total Participation Techniques by Persida Himmele and William Himmele
This book is loaded with ideas to get each and every one of your students involved. No longer will they sit there like bumps on a log waiting for someone else to answer your question! The shy kids as well as the "answer hogs" (you know, the kids who wants to shout out the answer to every question you ask) will have their own say in the conversations with these TPTs. What I'm planning on doing is putting a little technology spin on these great ideas since my students have 1:1 Chromebooks. I've set up a "Template" class in Google Classroom where I can "reuse" my different question types easily. I have the standard multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and likert scale questions ready to go whenever I need them.
Mathematical Mindsets by Jo Boaler
Making Thinking Visible by Ron Ritchhart, Mark Church, and Karin Morrison
Metacognition has been a big buzz word for quite a while. But besides students 'thinking about their thinking', teachers need to know what they're thinking too! This book was filled with strategies (they call them routines) to help make students' thinking visible. There are thinking routines, routines for introducing and exploring ideas, routines for synthesizing and organizing ideas, and routines for digging deeper into ideas. This is so important in order to know where your students are at and whether you can move on or have to reteach. The authors talk a lot about 'understanding' and that we need to make sure our students are not just memorizing information for a test only to be forgotten a week or so later. They need to deeply understand concepts so they can apply what they'e learned to other situations.
Teaching Student-Centered Mathematics by John A. Van de Walle, Jennifer M. Bay-Williams, Lou Ann H. Lovin, and Karen S. Karp
I highly recommend all of these great books! Try to squeeze in a little time each day to get in some PD in what's left of the summer!