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5 Important Books for Every Teacher Reading List

It can be hard to find time for yourself, but this teacher reading list will improve your outlook and help you be more effective in your classroom.

Often, teachers encourage their students to reserve time for reading outside mandatory assignments. Many of these same educators don’t reserve a spot in the day to carve away at their own teacher reading list. While teachers feel like they don’t have a minute to spare, dedicating small amounts of time each day to read will give teachers more to offer students and help them feel more satisfied in their job. STEM Jobs recommends the following books for a teacher reading list that will inspire and educate even the most seasoned teacher.

1. The First Days of School

teacher reading listWritten by famous education veterans and spouse duo Harry and Rosemary Tripi Wong, “The First Days of School” prepares teachers for the upcoming school year. With advice regarding topics such as ensuring the classroom is ready for students, making introductions with pupils, and instilling a sense of importance regarding policies, the book answers many of the “how to…” questions that teachers ponder prior to beginning the school year. This book should fall within the top five on any teacher reading list.

2. Reading Lolita in Tehran

teacher reading listThe memoir of Iran-based teacher Azar Nafisi will not provide outlines for lesson plans, nor is it a solution to address problems caused by unruly students. It is a beautifully written, emotional account of a university professor who grasped for the last threads of a once progressive society in Iran. She invited a small group of female students to her home for weekly meetings, during which they discussed Western literature, such as “Pride and Prejudice,” “Madame Bovary,” and “Lolita” – books deemed immoral under a government in turmoil. As they explored the text, they also began to open up about their own thoughts, experiences, and dreams. This teacher’s account offers a sense of kinship to other educators, reminding them of their extraordinary role.

teacher reading list3. The Secret of Childhood

Groundbreaking female physician and late 19th-century education pioneer, Maria Montessori’s teachings have been lauded throughout the world since the last century, but are gaining contemporary relevance as educational methods shift in the United States. More emphasis has been placed on experiential learning and student-focused pedagogy in recent years. Montessori’s practice of understanding children and identifying their needs shaped her methods, many of which were established through scientific observation of how students approach the world around them.

teacher reading list4. Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire: The Methods and Madness Inside Room 56

This book appeared on STEM Jobs‘ “The Essential STEM Teacher Reading List,” but is worth mentioning on every teacher reading list. Rafe Esquith’s story describes how he began deconstructing the standard methods of teaching to cultivate an environment in which students embraced learning. His dedication to changing his teaching landscape led him to receive great recognition, including the presidential National Medal of the Arts, and inspired him to create the Hobart Shakespeareans.

5. Teacher Man

teacher reading listIn “Angela’s Ashes” and “‘Tis,” Frank McCourt shared with the world his upbringing as a poor child in Limerick, Ireland, and the return to his birthplace in New York City. McCourt’s “Teacher Man” reveals a raw, unpolished glimpse into his 30 years as an educator in New York City. As McCourt navigates through the insecurities of a young educator, chiseling through the disinterest of students, and addressing the criticism of administration, his story will resonate with teachers. “Teacher Man” will tap into the helplessness and fraudulent feelings experienced by all educators, but by including it on a teacher reading list, this book will dispel the loneliness that usually accompanies these negative emotions.

Through providing time to themselves to create a teacher reading list, educators will be happier outside and inside the classroom. For more variety, invite colleagues to create their own teacher reading list and swap collections, which will provide opportunities to discuss different solutions to issues and approaches to teaching.

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Dorothy Crouch is a California-based writer who has covered many topics such as financial technology, travel and the pet-goods industry. Born and raised in New York City, she pursued her undergraduate degree at Hunter College and an M.S., Publishing degree through Pace University. Combining her love of learning and curiosity of the world, Dorothy studied abroad at Dublin, Ireland’s Trinity College, igniting a passion for travel. Dorothy’s thirst for knowledge and love of learning has led her to travel the world and pursue higher learning, including scuba certification. A lifelong animal lover, Dorothy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, their fish and two lovable, spoiled dogs.

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