Favorite Teaching Books

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  1. heatherberm

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    I'm trying to embrace the positives of subbing, one of which is that I don't have to do any planning or grading so I have a fair amount of free time once the school day ends. I love reading books about teaching so I was wondering if any of you had any favorites? Books that really opened your eyes to something new, books that really made you think, books that you go back to over and over, anything like that. I'm open to books that are about education as a whole or books that are more nuts and bolts professional development. I'm an elementary ed teacher, special ed certified, starting a masters in literacy in January - at which point I imagine my free time will vanish :) - so I'm especially interested in those areas. Math is a big area of need for me so I'd love any good math books too.
     
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    I like classroom management books. Mostly because I feel like I forget my classroom management over time and need to review it in a different way. Most classroom management is the same, but different books present it in different ways or with different focuses. I like taking them all in and building them into my teaching style. My favorite books so far are:

    1. Tools for Teaching by Fred Jones
    2. Dream Class by Michael Linsin
    3. Classroom Management Secret by Michael Linsin
    4. Setting Limits in the Classroom by (I forgot)
    5. Love and Logic by Jim Fay

    Those are just my five favorite CM books.

    I also like books on teaching and learning philosophy.

    I love:

    1. Mindset by Carol Dweck
    2. Make it Stick (reading it now, but forgot who it's by)
    3. How to Be a Straight A Student by Cal Newport (helped me get through my teaching credential and I wish I had read it in college; I like to share some of the techniques with my students)
    4. Secrets of Mental Math (again something that I read for my own skill building, but I sometimes share strategies of with students)
     
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    For Teaching: Teach like a Pirate

    For Learning: Everything Bad is Good for You
     
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    Teaching with Love and Logic

    The Book Whisperer
     
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    1. Marva Collins Way by Marva Collins
    2. Tools For Teaching by Fred Jones
    3. Teach Like a Pirate
    4. The Book Whisperer
    *5. A Shining Season by James Buchanon (true, amazing biography of a teacher)

    *My favorite book of all time.
     
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    32 Third Graders and one Class Bunny - Philip Done
    The Great Expectations School - Dan Brown
    It's Not All Flowers and Sausages - Mrs. Mimi

    The Essential 55 by Ron Clark is decent, if a little braggy. He's got other books that build on it and seem to exist only to show the world what a wonderful teacher he believes himself to be.
     
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    Never really cared for his books or his story, once I realized he only really taught for like 7 years, I lost all interest in his "stuff".
     
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    He actually has taught for about 18. He eventually began his own school which is highly successful in Atlanta. Teachers come from all over the country to visit the school. He is the principal and he teaches as well. Lately, he has taught a bit less, but when the school opened he taught as many as 3 classes a day while still being a principal.
     
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    Yes, I should have clarified that I lost interest in him when I learned he had only taught 7 years in public schools. That to me is a huge turn off.
     
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    You seem to be very judgmental of people who have less years of teaching experience than you.

    It is not an infrequent occurrence that certain teachers who have only been teaching for 5 years are more effective teachers than those who say, have taught for 14 years.
     
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    He has more teaching experience than me.

    I simply respect and admire someone like Rafe Esquith who has taught at the same school, changing lives in the same way, under the admin of a public school and expectations, for 20+ years, more than someone who taught for 7 years and then left for the private industry side of the job.

    I also agree with you that many teachers with less experience can be better teachers with far more experience.
     
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    Smartest Kids in the World is quite an interesting read.
    Mini lessons for literature circles is one I love.
    America's Unseen Kids
     
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    Thanks for the suggestions, everyone. I've read a few of the books mentioned (Teach Like a Pirate, The Book Whisperer, The Essential 55) but most of these are new to me and a lot of them sound pretty interesting. Off to do some book-buying!
     
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    Teaching with Love and Logic (I second that mention)
    Teach Outside the Box by Louanne Johnson.
     
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    I really enjoyed Teaching Outside the Box - I believe it's the book that inspired the movie "Dangerous Minds"
     
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    True, it is the same teacher as the movie that Dangerous Minds was based on. The book that inspired the movie is "My Posse Don't Do Homework"
     
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    Thanks for clarifying that. Have you read "My Posse Don't do Homework?" Sounds like something I'd like to read.
     
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    Yes, I read it in the mid-1990s. I don't remember the exact year. I do remember enjoying it a lot, and I looked forward to watching the Dangerous Minds movie after reading the book. If you read the book, "My Posse Don't do Homework", you'll see the movie left out a lot from the book. (Although I did enjoy the movie).
     

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