As teachers, we all know the importance of continuous learning and professional development. One great way to keep learning during the summer months is through reading. However, it can be challenging to stay on track and hold ourselves accountable when we don’t have a set structure like we do during the school year.
To help with this, I’ve put together a free printable PDF Summer Reading Log for Teachers. This reading log is designed to help you set goals, track your progress, and reflect on your learning.
Plus, it’s fun to keep a tally of which books you have read from summer to summer!
How Can Teachers Use A Professional Development Books Reading Log
As a teacher, you should make it a habit of reading at least one professional development book every quarter. To start, add the books you plan to read to your Books Reading Log, taking note of the reading goal, date of completion, and key takeaways. The log can be divided into columns based on the information you need to capture, for example, column headers could include the date, book title, author, number of pages, publisher, genre, reading goal, and the takeaway from the book.
As you fill out the log, you can reflect on what you learned and how it relates to your job. This reflection process can help you set future reading goals, and keep you motivated. Once you are done with a book, take a few moments to write a brief review, this will help you retain the knowledge you gained, and later, apply it in class.
Keeping a reading log allows you to set reading goals, track progress, and reflect on your learning. It makes it easier for you to remember what you read, how it related to your professional growth, and the questions or insights you gained after reading. Additionally, teachers who maintain reading logs can discover and explore new ideas, which leads to improved knowledge and instructional practices.
Free Printable PDF Books Reading Log
I understand that many teachers are already swamped with responsibilities, and that’s why I have created a free PDF Books Reading Log that can help you keep track of your reading over the summer break or any time of the year. You can easily download and print the PDF file, making it a simple and effective tool for your professional development.
Feel free to use a pen to write in the titles of books you would like to read in the future on the blank book spines. They could be specific to teaching – or just for pleasure (we all know how it important it is for all readers to read a variety of books).
As you finish a book, grab some colored pencils to color in the spines to show your progress.
Additionally, the PDF book reading log is free, which means it won’t cost you anything to start using.
Setting Goals, Tracking Progress, and Reflection
Some additional things you could add to the blank side of the paper or in a separate journal:
Setting goals: You can write down what you want to accomplish through your summer reading, including how many books you want to read and what topics you want to focus on.
Tracking your progress: You can record the title, author, and date completed for each book you read. You can also rate each book and write down any notes or takeaways you have.
Reflection: You can reflect on what you’ve learned through your reading and how you can apply that knowledge to your teaching practice.
Having a reading log like this can help you stay accountable and motivated during the summer months. You can also use it as a useful tool for professional development by choosing books that will help you grow in areas related to your teaching practice.
To get your free printable summer reading log for teachers, simply download the PDF below.
Keeping a reading log can be an essential part of a teacher’s professional development. It allows for easy tracking of progress, insights and improvements in both knowledge and practices. As an educator, it’s important to keep sharpening your saw. And with the summer reading log for teachers, you have a free, printable, and practical solution to help you achieve your professional development goals.
This post originally appeared at Organized Classroom.