It’s that time of year again — time to share the choices from readers of this blog for the best education-related book they read in the this past year.
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I’ve made two choices:
Learning That Lasts: Challenging, Engaging, and Empowering Students with Deeper Instruction by Ron Berger, Libby Woodfin, and Anne Vilen. You can read an interview I did with them for Education Week Teacher here.
Now, here are the choices of many readers who sent their comments and tweets (even if you didn’t send them in earlier, you can still leave your favorites in the comments):
The Art of Coaching Teams by Elena Aguilar – full of “aha” insights and beautifully written prose. And totally practical, too!
I read La Nueva Educación by César Bona this summer, and I loved it. In my opinion it is a book that inspires teachers.
I read Seven Myths about Education by Daisy Christodoulou and found it an eye-opener. She calmly collects facts about trends in modern education, such as a tendency to downplay knowledge and teacher-led instruction in times of the internet and Google. I would recommend the book to beginner teachers to make them realise the gap between what they have been told at teacher college and the real classroom.
Last spring I had the opportunity to attend the New York Collective of Radical Educators conference and heard Chris Emdin speak. He was riveting. I immediately bought his book, For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood (And for the Rest of Y’all Too). It was one of the best teaching books I’ve read in a long time, with concrete suggestions for how teachers can incorporate students’ home cultures into regular instruction. [Editor’s Note: You can see the interview I did with Chris at Ed Week here).
Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros. This book inspired me to think more pragmatically about innovation and gave me the tools to make positive changes in my classroom and professional learning.
I was really impressed by this psychology book: Me, Myself, and Us by Brian R. Little. As a teacher, I am fascinated by my students and their personalities, and I learned a lot about the science of personality psychology from this very user-friendly and fun book (Brian Little has a great sense of humor).
Student Centred Leadership by Viviane Robinson. The main thing about SCL is that it is pragmatic: concrete practices that educational leaders can implement that will have a direct effect on student achievement. And easy to read!
Pushout by Monique Morris. It offers an in-depth look at the disproportionate rate at which Black girls are expelled from schools. It’s heart-breaking but essential.
Also, The Teacher Wars by Dana Goldstein should be on every Best Of list related to education until it’s a permanent part of the education canon.
Education and the Commercial Mindset by Samuel Abrams, by far the best/most insightful book re Ed-reform, Edison project and the problem with a market-oriented approach to education. Though I also really like Goldstein’s Teacher Wars.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance…back to the philosophy of holistic education. Nice read to refocus and ground educators.
Transforming School Culture by Anthony Muhammad –> practical, effective strategies for school leaders.
Thanks to everyone who contributed!
Again, feel free to share your own recommendations in the comments section…