What book would you recommend a future teacher?
Or a first year teacher?
My teacher education student group is getting together over the summer and I thought it might be nice to have a mini-book club as an addendum to our meetings. I want us to read something light, uplifting and/or inspiring, and education and teaching-related. Normally I’m the first one to say we should read some Freire or Delpit or Kozol, but after this past election in Wisconsin I think we all could use a reminder why we’ve chosen to enter this profession in this particular state at this particular time. So far on my short list I have:
Educating Esmé by Esmé Raji Codell
Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire: The Methods and Madness Inside Room 56 by Rafe Esquith
Any other suggestions?
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- daintylion answered: Not in my classroom
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- maevegreen answered: Teaching to Transgress by Bell Hooks showed me what an activist act teaching is.
- mcguyrt answered: And Tuesdays with Morrie - just for general education and life inspiration :)
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- djtk answered: The Art of War.
- praxisofmissclark answered: To Teach by William Ayers
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- eloisa0211 answered: intergrative teaching strategies book. :D
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- yeahlikethemotorcycle answered: Weapons of Mass Instruction by John Taylor Gatto
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- amysuelou answered: Teach Like a Champion by Lemov
- kidsimprovingenglish answered: READ “THE HUNGRY CATERPILLAR” OR GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU’ WITH THEM!!!
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- ohmeohme answered: Before I started my first year I read “To Teach: the journey, in comics” by Ayers and Alexander-Tanner! Graphic novel. Good stuff.
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- irrationallylogical answered: the first days of school (harry wong) is pretty solid. Loads of things to consider as you move into a new classroom.
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- revolutionizeed answered: Stand for the Best by Thomas Bloch! Great read about the CEO of H&R Block leaving and becoming a teacher!
- welldressedteacher answered: I also love Rafe Esquith’s There Are No Shortcuts.
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- unlearningschool answered: Try Fires in the Bathroom by Kathleen Cushman - basically written by students, it explores what kids want and do not want from their teachers
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- ditchingclassincrazytown answered: I second The First Days of School. Also First Year Teacher’s Survival Guide - though it’s not light or a novel.
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- tomesaway answered: The First Days of School by Harry Wong. Helpful, jargon-free, practical and applicable to all grades. My county gives 1 to every new teacher.
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- eabehar answered: Whatever it Takes- about Harlem Children’s Zone and Geoffrey Canada- forgot the author!