27 inspirational books for educators – teaching skills | Team Cansler

As an educator, staying inspired throughout the year can be difficult. Even if a teaching career keeps you busy, it is so important to continue to support yourself so that you can continue to be present to and inspire the people in your classroom. Here is a list of 25 books to help you!

1. Because of a teacher

This heartwarming book is essential reading for new teachers and veteran principals feeling burnt out. Each story is the perfect pick-me-up during your planning.

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2. The first days of school

This is the best textbook I’ve ever read. It clearly explains the importance of setting clear expectations for better classroom management. After applying these concepts, I was able to focus on teaching and having fun with the students instead of directing the behavior.

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3. Misery of teachers

teacher misery is full of stories that classroom teachers will recognize and sympathize with as they read. The stories cover everything from the everyday absurd to disruptive behavior in the classroom to more serious subjects. Let this book remind you that you are not alone in the crazy everyday life.

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4. Take control of the noisy classroom

Dealing with negative behavior in the classroom can be one of the most challenging tasks of an educator. This award-winning textbook gives you strategies to calm your classroom so you can be the most effective educator you can be.

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5. Teach as if your hair is on fire

In this book, Rafe explains his educational philosophy behind “Work Hard, Be Nice” and “There are No Shortcuts”. Through his dedication and sacrifice for his students, they have excelled beyond the elementary school level. Learn about effective teaching from someone still in the classroom.

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6. Classroom Behavior Manual

Ervin argues that effective classroom management starts with relationships. These instructional management strategies start by changing inputs rather than controlling outputs. Learn how to customize environments and consistent teaching practices to foster a healthy classroom.

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7. Plan to stay

The experience of burnout educators in public education is real. In this book, Cleeves helps education professionals balance work and life to be effective educators. The book also contains practical tips and tricks.

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8. Hacking school discipline

Unfortunately, antiquated school discipline practices are still employed on a daily basis. Read to learn how to reduce negative behaviors, implement restorative justice in education, and foster empathic engagement in students. Be part of the change in public education with these strategies.

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9. 50 strategies to increase cognitive engagement

Encourage student cognitive development in the classroom with these 50 strategies. Rebecca Stobaugh clearly explains the difference between critical thinking and cognitive engagement for better student outcomes. Plus, she explains how you can seamlessly incorporate these strategies into your lesson plans!

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10. Hack classroom management

Mike Roberts will teach you how to renew your passion for teaching using strategies learned from the inspiring teacher films we know and love. These examples of cinema teaching underscore the importance of parent involvement, student relationship building, and classroom management. Bring the fun back into your classroom with this title.

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11. Responding to Student Trauma: A Toolkit for Schools in Times of Crisis

Unfortunately, trauma is a reality when working in public education. Written by a middle school counselor, this book is easy to understand and provides effective strategies for coping with student trauma. This book is helpful in helping teachers create safe environments in which students can begin healing.

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12. This is the canon: Decolonize Your Bookshelves in 50 Books

Diversity in education not only affects who teaches, but also what is read and discussed in class. The authors highlight quality literature from a pantheon of races, backgrounds and experiences in this book. They claim that reviewing the canon is vital as we move forward.

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13. A search for common ground

Mainstream society is polarized on so many issues, including education. In this unique book, two educators thoughtfully tackle some of the toughest problems in American classrooms and beyond. This book is a wonderful model for schools that want to find the best path for their students and schools.

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14. Happy teachers change the world

authors of Happy teachers believe that change starts from the inside out. Throughout the book, they examine how teachers who set up a mindfulness program in the classroom for themselves and their students can transform a classroom. They also provide examples from around the world to illustrate practical application.

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15. How children are successful

Written by Paul Tough, a child development expert, this read explores how student success is determined not by intelligence but by character! While most books for teachers deal with models of learning, this book starts with the child. Reading this book is sure to give you a new perspective on child development.

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16. Why school?

Why school is a wonderful way to start conversations about how to become a more dynamic school, Richardson offers ideas to encourage learning in new 21st century ways. Examine common myths about “doing things the same way” from his perspective.

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17. This is not a test

Social justice and educational reform collide This is not a test. This book is a collection of essays on class, race, and education. Throughout, Vilson examines the current systemic problems and how they could be transformed through careful inquiry.

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18. Get smart

Vander Ark shows how advancing technology has revolutionized the way we collect and store information. Consequently, the way students learn must change as well. get smart advocates the mix of online and face-to-face learning, the impact of the new workplace and in-person digital learning communities.

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19. Think fast and slow

A renowned psychologist examines the two ways in which we think. Kahneman also explains the pros and cons of each system. While not specifically aimed at the classroom, it does offer implications for problem solving, long-term school planning, and student development.

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20. Big gamble

Daring It’s about learning to lead with vulnerability and courage. By doing the inner work that Brown challenges us to do in this book, we can become better leaders and teachers and transform our classrooms. She promises that while it may feel scary, it’s worth it!

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21. The creative habit

Twyla Tharp offers advice and practical exercises from her 35-year career to foster creativity in your life. She says creativity is not a gift; it’s a habit. Unleash your creativity with this book.

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22. The Book Whisperer

Reading is the gateway or obstacle to student success. Miller introduces new strategies to inspire a love of books in your students. She also gives practical advice on improving the school library and more.

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23. The pedagogy of the oppressed

Fifty years later, Freire’s radical words still inspire educators. Freire argues that education for the oppressed can only be liberated through the words and actions of the oppressed. Freire argues that love, community and unity are the agents of change.

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24. Teach like a champion

This updated edition of a classic book includes new material and sample videos. This book explores everything from teacher decision-making models to increasing student engagement. In addition, the book provides online support and 10 new techniques.

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25. Teaching to transgress

Written by a teacher for teachers, this book raises important questions in the field. Hooks addresses some of the big issues including apathy towards teaching and learning, racism and more. Hooks believes that a teacher’s role is to teach students to push the boundaries of established societal boundaries.

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26. Make it stick

This book turns the common discussion about tailoring learning to students’ preferred methods on its head. Using new insights into memory, the authors argue that challenging learning leads to better retention and mastery. This book also explores the implications of new insights into how we learn.

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27. The courage to teach

Palmer’s book is another classic designed to revitalize and strengthen relationships within the school and to refine the teachers’ core selves. He also examines common relationship characteristics of good teachers. This edition includes a new forward and online resources.

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