Teaching strategies are constantly evolving while technology is taking on a more dominant role in the classroom. Keeping up with fresh new tips from blogs and Twitter are useful for on-the-go tips and tricks, but it’s also beneficial to pick up a book or two and dig a little deeper.
Sifting through the abundance of available books can be a huge task, so we’ve done some of that work for you. Check out our list of the books we think every teacher should read this year for a little strategy refresh.
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck
Although this book isn’t brand new, the sentiment expressed is immensely helpful. In the text, Dweck encourages readers to have a more open mindset, more like a work in progress, and what better time to have a fluid mindset than now.
Creativity for Everyone by Kathryn Haydon & Jane Harvey
Haydon and Harvey offer an overview of what it means to take the classroom to a new level with creativity and innovation. It’s a very quick read so you won’t need much time, but it packs a powerful punch.
Fair Isn’t Always Equal by Ricki Wormeli
This book explores grading with differentiated instruction. Technology gives teachers an opportunity to meet students where they are. The digital age makes it easier to offer personalized learning. And this means grading takes on a different meaning. Wormeli breaks down that in the classroom, fair grading doesn’t always mean each student is the same.
Super Core by Mark Weakland
Super Core is for instructors who have school reading programs as a part of their curriculum. Weakland gives some great advice on how to incorporate a school reading program when the books on the list aren’t all that great. He suggests that instead of abandoning the reading list, teachers use it as an opportunity to change up their instruction and get creative.
Digital Leadership by Eric Sheninger
This list wouldn’t be complete without a resource dedicated to technology. There are plenty of resources on using technology in the classroom, and sometimes you might find yourself reading the same thing over and over. Digital Leadership is quite inspirational, and it offers a great jumping off point for administrators and teachers for transitioning into the digital age.
Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess
We saved our favorite for last. Teach Like a Pirate provides inspiration to teachers who want to improve student engagement. You’ll find practical techniques and innovative ideas of getting students more involved in their own learning. The tips in this book are great resources for a positive classroom transformation.