Each year I invite readers to share their favorite education-related book of the year.
Feel free to add yours in the comments section!
You can see previous lists here:
I’m adding this list to All My End-Of-Year “Best” Lists For 2018 In One Place!
My own pick is Matthew R. Kay’s new book, Not Light, But Fire: How to Lead Meaningful Race Conversations in the Classroom. You can read an interview I did with him for Ed Week here.
Here are choices from readers:
My favorite education-related book for 2018 is Dave Stuart’s “these 6 things.” The book helps the reader reflect on the true meaning of teaching – long-term student flourishing. It is perfect for the over-whelmed first-year teacher or the exhausted experienced teacher. Not only can teachers explore how to survive the day to day challenges of building relationships with students, but they can gain lots of great instructional strategies that can be easily implemented. The book is enjoyable, full of humor, and gives suggestions to work smarter, not harder.
Minds Made for Stories by Thomas Newkirk. It has altered the way I read nonfiction and changed my writing practice for the better. You will see text in a new way after reading it.
Literacy Essentials by Reggie Routman summarized everything effective teachers should know and be able to do to help students be literate participants in their own lives and the loves of others. Also, Adequate Yearly Progress by Roxanna Elden is FICTION and it is funny. It made me laugh through the pain of some of the boneheaded policy decisions made by the higher-ups. Educators have to laugh….
“The Coddling of the American Mind” by Greg Lukianoff and JonathannHaidt. This book explains how we are raising a generation of fragile children rather than anti-fragile kids w/ our culture of “safetyism” both in parenting and on college campuses. Also, the book offered important insights into the way those on the right view liberals’ efforts to curtail speech on college campuses, which I found fascinating.
Two books that capture elements of kids’ experiences with racism & injustice at different stages in their education – insightful, thoughtful, & important (sadly, though one is based on nearly 30-year-old data & one is recent, both extraordinarily relevant). @CarlaShedd pic.twitter.com/PBRj4g4HDS
— Lara Cox (@DrLaraCox) December 7, 2018
Educated by Tara Westover. Kind of devastating and a bit overwhelming — certainly hard to read at parts — but inspiring too.
— Suzanne Reinhardt (@EdTech4Funky1s) December 7, 2018
— Becky Hall (@BeckyHall75) December 4, 2018
@fosteringmps book Routines for reasoning!
— Jennifer Goodman (@mrsjenngoodman) November 24, 2018
Well, I actually have a tie, and they are both older books! Composition in the Age of Austerity, and Teaching to Transgress🎓🍁🦃🎓☃️
— Scottish Scholars (@lawanda43) November 24, 2018
Definitely The Self-Driven Child by William Stixrud and Ned Johnson
— Quyen Ngo (@quyengo) November 24, 2018
— Karen Téllez (@Tellez2u) November 24, 2018
— Tan Huynh (@TanELLclassroom) November 19, 2018
The ELL teacher’s toolbox. #honest
— Helen Grady (@HelenJaneGrady) November 18, 2018
— Daniela Kraiem (@DanielaKraiem) November 19, 2018