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6 Inspiring Books for Teachers

6 Inspiring Books for Teachers

By Lauren Steinmann

Every teacher knows that the idea of ‘taking a break’ in the summer is a big myth. That being said, you may have a few quiet moments poolside to read a great book. When it comes to teaching and improving your practice, there are many fantastic, inspiring reads that can help you recharge and prepare for your new school year. Here are six that you can’t miss this summer.

Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World

By Tony Wagner

blogad_simple data_julyTony Wagner presents stories from teachers, parents, students and professionals that focus on the idea of innovation—how to encourage it in our children and how schools can either enhance or destroy innovation. The book has an accompanying website with dozens of videos from the individuals featured in the book. These will have you inspired to run back to school in the fall, ready to change the world with your students.

Buy it here.

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

By Paul Tough

Paul Tough looks at success in students and how it’s driven. Not just by innate talent and academic skill, but also character traits including optimism, curiosity and perseverance. As a teacher, this book will help encourage and inspire you to bring character education into the classroom and start teaching ‘soft skills’ that can help drive success.

Buy it here.

Teach Like a Pirate: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity and Transform Your Life as an Educator

By Dave Burgess

Burgess is an inspiring educator who asks teachers: “If your students didn’t have to be there, would you be teaching to an empty room?” and, “Do you have any lessons you could sell tickets to?” Teach Like a Pirate encourages the use of ‘hooks’ to spice up your teaching and improve engagement in your classroom, making this book a necessary boost before the back-to-school season!

Buy it here.
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Mindsets in the Classroom: Building a Culture of Success and Student Achievement in Schools

By Mary Cay Ricci

Building on the research and insights of Carol Dweck about growth versus fixed mindsets, Ricci looks at how having a Growth Mindset in your school can help transform student achievement, teacher attitude and school culture. This book provides detailed resources and ideas for how to implement these ideas in your own classroom and school, encouraging students to look at their own abilities and how they can continue to grow and learn.

Buy it here.

The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child

By Donnalyn Miller

Who doesn’t have a struggling reader in their class every year? In The Book Whisperer, Miller dives into reading for pleasure and how to awaken this excitement in students through choice. Miller is a 6th grade teacher whose students each read an average of 40 to 50 books a year! This is book will get you excited to tackle reading struggles head-on in the fall.

Buy it here.

What’s Under Your Cape? Superheroes of the Character Kind

By Barbara Gruener

Gruener asks, “What if your students could excel in academics AND character education?” This inspiring read promises to change the way you look at character in the classroom and how it can impact learning and the world beyond the classroom. Dust off your cape and get ready for the new school year!

Buy it here.

Reading is a relaxing way to get geared up for a new year, so don’t forget to spread the love. Host a ‘Book Swap’ with your colleagues to share books and ideas or even start a Book Club. I recently started an Instagram-based Book Club (@TUSDBookClub) in our district where teachers and administrators can voluntarily read and discuss books in a casual social forum. Think outside of the book to help new and exciting ideas spread in your school!

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  1. Barbara Gruener

    October 21, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    Thank you for including my book, What’s Under Your Cape?, in this list of heavy hitters. I am honored to be in such super company!

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