9 Books for Teachers that Every Educator Should Know About

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These books for teachers will keep you busy all summer long.

With summer fast approaching, it’s a good time for teachers to be on the hunt for a book to help them hone their teaching skills. After all, teachers make great lifetime learners! From classroom management to psychology and cognitive science, the following books for teachers are guaranteed to entertain and challenge educators:

1. Mindset by Carol Dweckmindset
Psychologist Carol Dweck shares her research on how the mindsets we adopt influence our actions and behaviors. By adopting a growth mindset, teachers can instill a love of learning in the minds and hearts of their students. Watch our Mindset Webinar to learn more about the concepts introduced in the book!

2. Teach Like A Pirate by David Burgessteach like a pirate
Inspired by David Burgess’ popular “Teach Like a PIRATE” seminars, this book provides inspiration, practical techniques, and innovative ideas for increasing student engagement, boosting creativity, and transforming your life as a teacher. This book will only cost you a “bucc-an-eer.”

3. The Promise of a Pencil Adam Braunpromise of a pencil
This New York Times best seller tells the story of how Adam Braun built more than 250 schools around the world. Discover how Adam found himself on this journey and what led to his success. The best part? All the proceeds for this book go to his foundation Pencils of Promise.

4. Make It Stick by Peter C. Brownmake it stick
Drawing on recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and other disciplines, the authors of Make It Stick write about different learning styles and strategies for making learning easier. Read about the study habits that work well and the ones that don’t.

5. Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahnemanthinking fast and slow
In this international best seller, Daniel Kahneman, a renowned psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, examines the two different systems that drive our thoughts and shape our decisions. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Understanding the two systems will give you deeper insight into how choices are made.

6. Why Don’t Students Like School Dan Willinghamwhy don't students like schoolThis book aims to answer the age-old question, “Why don’t students like school?” Cognitive scientist Dan Willingham recommends easy-to-apply scientific approaches for engaging students in the classroom.

7. How Children Succeed by Paul Toughhow children succeed
Author Paul Tough believes that when it comes to measuring a child’s success, the qualities that matter have more to do with character, not intelligence and high test scores. While trying to reveal the mysteries of character, Tough also provides new insights on how to improve the lives of children growing up in poverty.

8. The Teenage Brain by Frances E. Jensenteenage brain
Over the last decade, scientists have discovered research that contradicted the common assumption that an adolescent brain is basically the same as an adult’s. This book takes a revolutionary dive into the science of the adolescent brain, based on research by Frances E. Jensen, M.D., a neurologist and mother of two boys, and reveals what she has discovered about the adolescent brain.

9. The Survival Guide to Bullying by Aija Mayrocksurvival guide to bullying
Bullying is an epidemic that has no clearly defined cure. The Survival Guide to Bullying is designed to help children deal with fear and overcome bullying.

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3 Responses to “9 Books for Teachers that Every Educator Should Know About”

  1. Carla Leach

    A book you should add to this list is Two Legs Suffice by John Viall
    It takes the reader into an ordinary classroom in an ordinary middle school in Loveland, Ohio. ”
    Here you will meet teens of every shape, size, color and ability level imaginable.
    What is it real teachers all know but the critics and school reforming “experts” fail to grasp? This is a book by a veteran teacher, giving equal emphasis to both the great joys and the great challenges of a noble profession.”


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