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Recommended reading for teachers

Not only do teachers have to educate their students, they must be dedicated to constantly educating themselves as well, to stay up-to-date with current teaching practices and philosophies. There are many methods of professional development. One of the most fun and addicting is reading books for teachers. There are so many well-written books out there most with concrete strategies and motivational messages. Choosing the best of them might be hard, but below are some great books to help you get started.

Books for reading teachers

When wading through books for teachers, it is helpful to look for books that give concrete strategies to implement immediately in your classroom. Understanding the research is important for reading teachers to develop a rationale or philosophy of reading, but ultimately good books for teachers are action based. The following is a list of books that reading teachers have found motivating, useful and appropriate for all reading programs, districts and types of teachers:

  • The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller
  • Book Love by Penny Kittle
  • Reading with Meaning by Debbie Miller
  • The Art of Teaching Reading by Lucy Calkins
  • Reading Ladders by Teri Lesesne
  • Falling in Love with Close Reading by Chris Lehman

Books for classroom management

You can be the best reading teacher in the world, but that doesn't matter if your kids aren't listening or learning. You may have to read a few books to determine in the teaching strategies that work best for you and your classroom. The following books for teachers can help you develop a classroom management strategy and a philosophy of education:

  • The First Days of School by Harry and Rosemary Wong
  • The First Six Weeks of School by Responsive Classroom
  • The End of Molasses Classes by Ron Clark
  • Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess
  • Whole Brain Teaching by Chris Biffle

Books for teachers who teach writing

Writing is a tool for thinking. When teaching students to read, reading teachers must consider how they will help students write about what they read. There are many books for teachers written to help do just that:

  • The Art of Teaching Writing by Lucy Calkins
  • The No-Nonsense Guide to Teaching Writing by Judy Davis and Sharon Hill
  • Talking, Drawing, Writing by Martha Horn and Mary Ellen Giacobbe
  • How's It Going? A Practical Guide to Conferring with Student Writers by Carl Anderson

The quality of an education can contribute directly to the success of a community. If teachers continue to strengthen their practice through reading books for teachers, they can make greater strides toward achieving academic success with their students. Besides that, reading is how teachers can learn about who they are and how they want to create their own classroom culture. It is an academic adventure with far-reaching benefits.

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