10 Must Read Books for Every Teacher

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October , 2015
As life-long learners, teachers are continuously learning to improve their teaching practice and expand their knowledge base. Thankfully, the Internet has levelled the ground and provided unrestricted access to a plethora of resources and materials to help you grow professionally . This page features some examples of web tools to use for your professional development. Additionally, we have curated this list of popular books recommended by teachers for teachers. Most of these books have been best sellers in the education section in Amazon.Whether you are a beginner teacher or a veteran, you will definitely find something interesting to enlighten your teaching and make you a better teacher.

1- The Passionate Teacher: A Practical Guide , by Robert Fried (Author)

‘The Passionate Teacher draws on voices, stories, and successes of teachers in urban, suburban, and rural classrooms to help you become, and remain, a passionate teacher despite the obstacles. This edition includes a new chapter for teachers beginning their careers.’

2- How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk Paperback,by Adele Faber  (Author), Elaine Mazlish  (Author)

‘Internationally acclaimed experts on communication between parents and children, Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish “are doing for parenting today what Dr. Spock did for our generation” (Parent Magazine).  Now, this bestselling classic includes fresh insights and suggestions as well as the author’s time-tested methods to solve common problems and build foundations for lasting relationships’

3- How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, by Paul Tough  (Author)

‘How Children Succeed introduces us to a new generation of researchers and educators, who, for the first time, are using the tools of science to peel back the mysteries of character. Through their stories—and the stories of the children they are trying to help—Tough reveals how this new knowledge can transform young people’s lives.’

4- The First Days of School Kindle Edition, by Harry K. Wong  (Author), Rosemary T. Wong (Author)

‘ The book walks a teacher, either novice or veteran, through structuring and organizing a classroom for success that can be applied at any time of the year at any grade level, pre-K through college. The book is used in thousands of school districts, in over 120 countries, in over 2,114 college classrooms, and has been translated into 5 languages. It's practical, yet inspiring. But most important, it works!’

5- Teach Like a PIRATE: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator, by Dave Burgess  (Author)

‘This book offers inspiration, practical techniques, and innovative ideas that will help you to increase student engagement, boost your creativity, and transform your life as an educator. You'll learn how to: • Tap into and dramatically increase your passion as a teacher • Develop outrageously engaging lessons that draw students in like a magnet • Establish rapport and a sense of camaraderie in your classroom • Transform your class into a life-changing experience for your students.’

6- Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College (K-12), by Doug Lemov  (Author), Norman Atkins (Foreword)

‘Teach Like a Champion offers effective teaching techniques to help teachers, especially those in their first few years, become champions in the classroom. These powerful techniques are concrete, specific, and are easy to put into action the very next day. Training activities at the end of each chapter help the reader further their understanding through reflection and application of the ideas to their own practice.’

7- The Classroom Management Book Paperback, by Harry K. Wong (Author), Rosemary T. Wong (Author), Sarah F. Jondahl (Author), & 3 more

‘This is a solutions book that shows how to organize and structure a classroom to create a safe and positive environment for student learning and achievement to take place.  It offers 50 procedures that can be applied, changed, adapted, and incorporated into any classroom management plan.  Each procedure is presented with a consistent format that breaks it down and tells how to teach it and what the outcome of teaching it will be.’

8- Positive Classroom Discipline Hardcover, by Fredric H. Jones  (Author), Madeline Hunter (Foreword)

‘Used in many college courses, Positive Classroom Discipline describes a non-adversarial approach to managing student disruptions that combines high behavioral standards with personal responsibility. The majority of the book describes skills of classroom management, and these sections have been updated in Tools for Teaching. ’

9- The Reading Zone: How to Help Kids Become Skilled, Passionate, Habitual, Critical Readers Paperback, by Nancie Atwell  (Author)

‘Long an advocate of frequent, voluminous reading in schools, the author draws on evidence gathered in twenty years of classroom teaching to make the case for reading workshop more powerful than ever. The book establishes the top ten conditions for making engaged classroom reading possible for students at all levels and provides the practical support and structures necessary for achieving them. 144 pages.’

10- Whole Brain Teaching for Challenging Kids (and the rest of your class, too!), by Chris Biffle (Author)

‘Whole Brain Teaching recognizes that students learn the most when they are engaged in lessons that involve seeing, hearing, doing, speaking and feeling. Join the revolution! Transform your students from passive receivers of information to dynamic creators of high energy lessons.’