The 10 best summer reads for teachers
If you’re an avid reader, I’m sure you’re looking forward to summer and having more free time to relax with some good books…preferably by a pool or on a beach or in a hammock. You’ve probably got some good easy, fun reads you’ve been meaning to get to for awhile. And maybe you’re also looking for a book that will challenge you to think about the way you taught last year, and what kind of changes you want to make so that next year is even better.
It’s rare that teachers get the opportunity to step back from the day to day tasks of the classroom and really reflect on the educational system as a whole and the role that we play in it. Here are 10 of my favorite books to help you do just that, and get you excited about improving your practice and connecting with students on a deeper level. Click any book cover for more info:
The Passion-Driven Classroom
I couldn't read this book at night because it got me so excited about teaching and planning activities that I couldn't sleep! Seriously inspiring.
Drive by Daniel Pink
Fascinating book on motivation.
Why Don't Students Like School?
A great read about the disconnect between traditional schooling methods and the way students learn.
The Book Whisperer
This book will get you so excited about inspiring a love of reading in your students!
Teach Like a Pirate
This a new release I'll reviewing on the blog soon. It has some excellent ideas for getting you excited about teaching and getting kids excited about learning.
Stop Stealing Dreams
Author Seth Godin has made this eBook available for free. I found it interesting to read about education from the perspective of an "outsider" wants to help students and teachers become more passionate about what they do. Click to read my review and download the eBook.
If you're tired of testing your students to death instead of teaching reading authentically, this book will get you fired up about practical ways you can combat the system.
A highly readable yet research-based book that will help you revamp your homework policies to make the work more meaningful for kids and easier for you to manage. Click to read my full review.
When Teaching Gets Tough
Great tips for preventing burnout: you can read my full review by clicking the book.
The Courage to Teach
I read this book years ago and it still has an impact on the way I view myself and my work. A great way to reconnect with yourself and your passion for teaching.
Awakened: Change Your Mindset to Transform Your Teaching
Bonus--#11 is a book I'm a little biased about. :) But I truly believe that Awakened is one of the best books out there for invigorating and empowering you for the school year ahead. There's a free online book club for it this July, and we'd love to have you join! http://thecornerstoneforteachers.com/2013/06/the-awakened-summer-book-club-get-refreshed.html
You can also check out all the book reviews I’ve done over the past few years on the blog, and this list of my favorite books on positive thinking.
Will you be doing any professional reading this summer? Share your book list in the comments!
Angela was a classroom teacher for 11 years and currently works as an instructional coach and educational consultant based in New York City. She's created a webinar series
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