new and noteworthy books

20 education bloggers share their strategies for enjoying teaching every day, no matter what! Based on "Unshakeable," the new book by Angela Watson. #unshakeablebook

Has spring fever hit your school yet? If so, you’re not alone. April’s on its way, and it can be a tough month to stay motivated. There’s a long wait between spring break and Memorial Day, the testing crunch is often at its peak, and the promise of warmer weather is enough to make all of […]


Awakened online book club and Bible study

Last summer, over 600 teachers participated in the online book clubs for Awakened: Change Your Mindset to Transform Your Teaching and The Awakened Devotional Study Guide for Christian Teachers, and I’m excited to run the study again this July! I want to warn you–the format of the book club is pretty laid back, but the […]


Passionate Learners by Pernille Ripp

I knew even before I read it that Passionate Learners: Giving Our Classrooms Back to Our Students was going to become one of my favorite education resources and something I would recommend to every teacher I know. That’s because I’ve been following Pernille Ripp’s incredible blog for many years. She consistently cranks out thoughtful reflections on […]


Untangling the Web

With the astounding array of educational programs and apps on the market, it can be super intimidating to pick which ones you’ll try out in the classroom. Most teachers don’t need another list of 50 great tools: they need a few detailed recommendations from a trusted expert (i.e. someone with classroom experience) on tools that […]


Win a copy of "The House of Comprehension: Teaching the Elements of Literature" for grades 6-9

After many reader requests, I am happy to share that this month’s book giveaway is especially for middle school teachers! It’s called The House of Comprehension: Teaching Students the Elements of Literature, and is designed for use with 6th-9th grade students. The book’s author is Constance D. Casserly, a veteran teacher with over 30 years of experience as […]


Bad Teacher

I had the pleasure of hearing Kevin K. Kumsahiro speak at the ASCD conference last March, and knew immediately that I’d want to read his book, Bad Teacher: How Blaming Teachers Distorts the Bigger Picture. This is such an important topic, and teachers desperately need someone to speak up on their behalf. The scapegoating of […]


Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess: book review and GIVEAWAY! Contest ends 9/16/13.

I realized from the second I met author and high school teacher Dave Burgess at the ISTE conference that he is one of those people that just exudes energy and enthusiasm. He is the teacher we all wish we could be: passionate, fearless, motivated, and purpose-driven. He’s the type of teacher you might look at […]


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 […]


The Behavior Code: If you are frustrated and confused about the way students behave, get this book!

When Harvard Education Press sent me a review copy of The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students, I was intrigued by the title and concept but procrastinated reading it because of the formal tone. I’ve grown accustomed to reading educational resources that are written in the first person […]


I had the privilege of hearing Robyn Jackson speak at two different conferences and finally had a chance to sit down one-on-one with her over lunch at the ASCD conference in Chicago in March. Robyn is a former high school English teacher and middle school administrator who now shares her passion for supporting teachers through her […]


I can’t count the number of times I lost my voice as a classroom teacher. Sometimes it was due to viruses and colds (I got strep throat a million times during my first few years of teaching), but mostly, it was due to talking all. day. long. The only thing that helped was sipping constantly […]


Have you always wanted to write a children’s book? I’ve talked to a number of teachers who have terrific ideas for kids’ books, but aren’t sure how to get started. Maybe you, too, are wondering how to write a book and how to get published. Anyone with an interest in children’s books is going to […]


The idea of writing a book about classroom technology is a daunting one, given how quickly tech changes. So much information is readily available online, and it’s constantly  updated to include the latest tools, tips, and tricks. Why bother to put it in a printed book that starts becoming obsolete before it’s even available to […]


Win a digital copy of "Reading Amplified: Digital Tools That Engage Students in Words, Books, and Ideas" plus two other Read & Watch books by Stenhouse! They have videos embedded so you can watch the teaching strategies being implemented in real classrooms. Five winners will be selected on Dec. 12.

This month’s book review and give-away is incredibly unique. It’s called Reading Amplified: Digital Tools That Engage Students in Words, Books, and Ideas by ninth grade teacher Lee Ann Spillane. The book is from Stenhouse’s new line of Read & Watch books which bring together text, video, and audio. What I love about this format is that you […]


Learn how to help kids develop socio-emotional skills like empathy and personal responsibility). Win a free copy of "Emotional Muscle: Strong Parents, Strong Children"! Contest ends Friday 11/17.

When Kerry Kovick emailed me awhile back to ask if I’d be interested in reviewing a book she co-wrote with her husband called Emotional Muscle: Strong Parents, Strong Children, my first thought was that it wasn’t the right fit for my blog audience. A parenting book? But I read on as she explained why she had […]


Review and give-away of "When Teaching Gets Tough" by Allen Mendler: contest ends at midnight EST on Tuesday Oct 16th.

You might call it the October teaching slump. The anticipation of August has long since worn off, and you’re starting to emerge from the survival mode of September…but now that classroom routines are in place, the bigger problems are coming more clearly into focus. From now through the winter holidays, many teachers experience a time […]


Win a free copy of The Well-Balanced Teacher: How to Work Smarter and Stay Sane Inside the Classroom and Out

How much do you love the title of the book featured in this month’s review/giveaway? It’s called The Well-Balanced Teacher: How to Work Smarter and Stay Sane Inside the Classroom and Out, and is a very practical book for this time of year when sanity seems to be in short supply. It’s written by Mike Anderson, whose […]


The Cornerstone Book

I’ve got lots of amazing book give-aways scheduled for the coming months, but since everyone’s thinking about classroom management right now, I thought August’s feature should be The Cornerstone: Classroom Management That Makes Teaching More Effective, Efficient, and Enjoyable. And since it’s my own book, I can give away multiple copies! This book was born out […]


The Awakened Devotional Study Guide for Christian Educators

I’m very excited to announce that The Awakened Devotional Study Guide for Christian Educators is being released this week! This book has truly been a labor of love and I’m thrilled to share it with you all. Last summer, I published Awakened: Change Your Mindset to Transform Your Teaching to share the story of how I […]


Breaking free from myths about teaching and learning

Teaching kids how to cope with mistakes and failure is one of the toughest (and most important) aspects of our jobs as educators. Most of our schools are set up in a way that values a limited number of intelligences, so students who aren’t naturally successful in the traditional areas and core academic subjects often […]