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’m picking three personal favorites:
Carol Salva’s book, Boosting Achievement: Reaching Students With Interrupted Or Minimal Education. You can read an excerpt here.
Helen Thorpe’s book, The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope In an American Classroom. You can read an interview I did with her here.
Tom Rademacher’s book, It Won’t Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter To Teaching. You can read an interview I did with him 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):
Ken O’Connor 15 Fixes for a Broken Grade Book
There were many but a tip of the hat goes to Intention: The Book. The fantastic resource, written by Dan Ryder and Amy Burvall, captures purposeful uses of creativity to demonstrate student understanding. This is a must have for all educators.
The best book was The Math Mindset. It changed the way I taught math and helped many students to be more successful.
Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies: Teaching and Learning for Justice in a Changing World by Django Paris and H Samy Alim.
Teach like Finland by Timothy D. Walker; I found the ideas refreshing and insightful and have incorporated many of them in my 24th year of teaching.
Creating Cultures of Thinking by Ron Ritchhart
Published in 2015; I’ve read it three times, getting more out of it each time. It’s the whole picture of learning: group culture, purpose, beliefs, language, time, modeling, routines, interactions, environment and use of space. It’s deep and transformative, not at all gimmicky. Not about a specific curriculum or content, instead applicable to all we do within education. Inspiring as well as practical.
Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning by James M. Lang. Applying research in short term “doable” and long term classroom strategies.
Troublemakers: Lessons in Freedom from Young Children at School by Carla Shalaby —I’d Buy it for every teacher if I could. The idea that the kids we label negatively are the “canaries in the coal mine” and can alert us to the toxic in the school system/environment…creates a real path toward change and truly doing right by kids and families. Nearly every passage was quote worthy.
“Shift This” by Joy Kirr “Innovator’s Mindset” by George Couros ”Teach Like A Pirate” by Dave Burgess “Ditch The Textbook“ by Matt Miller and many, many more.
“Small Teaching” by James Lang.