What books on teaching should a newbie teacher read?

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  1. BioAngel

    BioAngel Science Teacher - Grades 3-6

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    What kind of books or professional magazines would you suggest a teacher read to prepare for her first year of teaching?

    Also, what books have you read that have kept you from quitting the profession?

    My middle school cooperating teacher gave me one book that she said kept her from giving up her first years of teaching. So since then I've been trying to collect books and read them the next few months for inspiration and hope.

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    32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny by Phillip Done
    Assertive Discipline by Lee Canter
    Choice Words by Peter H. Johnston
    Classroom Instruction that Works by Robert Marzano
    Conscious Classroom Management by Rick Smith
    Day One and Beyond by Rick Wormeli
    Educating Esme by Esme Codell
    Elaine's circle (not sure who it's by)
    Essential 55 by Ron Clark
    Excellent 11 by Ron Clark
    First Class Teacher by Canter & Associates
    First Year Teacher's Survival Guide by ???
    First Year Teacher Survival Kit by Julia G. Thompson
    Freedom writer's diary/teach from the heart by Erin Gruwell
    Sahara Special by Esmé Raji Codell
    Teach like your hair's on fire by Rafe Esquith
    Teaching Tolerance magazine
    Teaching with Love & Logic by Fay and Funk
    Teach like your hair's on fire by Rafe Esquith
    The Daily 5 by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser
    The Everything New Teacher Book by Melissa Kelly
    The First Days of School by Harry Wong & Rosemary Wong
    The First Six Days of School by Paula Denton and Roxann Kriete
    The Mailbox magazine
    The Organized Teacher by Steve Springer, Brandy Alexander, Kimberly Persiani-Becker
    Understanding by Design by Grant Wiggins
    Understanding Poverty by Ruby Payne
    Why didn't I learn this in college? by Paula Rutherford
    You Have to Go to School-You're the Teacher by Renee Rosenblum-Lowden
     
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  3. old-new teacher

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    The book that has had the most impact for me this year has been The Daily 5 by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser (affectionately know as "The Sisters"). Also, Henry Wong's The First Days of School is excellent for getting ready for the task of classroom management.
     
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    Harry Wong's The First Days of School
    Fay and Funk's Teaching with Love & Logic
    Renee Rosenblum-Lowden's You Have to Go to School-You're the Teacher

    The Mailbox would be a good magazine.
     
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    Any thing by Jossey-Bass Publications is great. They have lots of books for new teachers.
     
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    Understanding Poverty by Ruby Payne

    This is a very popular book for educators and is also a very simple, short read...and interesting!
     
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    Classroom Instruction that Works by Robert Marzano--not heavy reading, and gives solid, proven strategies for teaching that can be used with any subject.
     
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    I was having a particularly difficult month--personal & professional--and had found a sheet on edhelper.com that had the students draw a picture of their teacher, describe him/her in 8 words and then write each word in a sentence.

    I had my students complete it & I loved the papers so much I made it into a book. I look at it when I feel like I don't want to be there for whatever reason & it makes me laugh, cry & appreciate every day I have with my kids...my very first class.

    I know you are looking for professional publications, but there is no book that I have read that is more powerful than reading my second graders' words.
     
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    The First Days of School (Harry Wong)
    Assertive Discipline (Lee Canter)
    - There's also a great companion to this book (Elementary Workbook)
    First Class Teacher (Canter & Associates)

    I've purchased TONS of teaching books before/since I got a teaching job, and I definitely recommend anything by Canter or Wong. :)
     
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    Day One and Beyond, Rick Wormeli for a general overview, and I second the Marzano books for strategies.
     
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    Teaching Tolerance magazine. You can also check out their associated website and get tons more information on lesson plans for diversity at tolerance.org.
     
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    "32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny" by Phillip Done is a really cute memoir that is good to read when you're nervous about that first week of school or when you're stressed out or frustrated with your class... if you're elementary, it will give you a good laugh and remind you why you wanted to teach in the first place. :)
     
  13. BioAngel

    BioAngel Science Teacher - Grades 3-6

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    Awesome--- I already have some of those books, so I'll look into the others as well :) Thanks

    (Keep the suggestions coming :D)
     
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    Another one I used was the First Year Teacher's Survival Guide. It had lots of good reproducable pages in it as well.
     
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    Found you Miss W!
     
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    I'm curious BioAngel, what book did your teacher give you?
     
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    Ah man. I'll have to hide harder next time.
     
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    BioAngel Science Teacher - Grades 3-6

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    I bought myself a copy of this book as soon as I found out about it--- it's amazing and I do recommend it to any teacher.

    This was the book my 7th grade student teacher gave me to on my last day. I just started reading it but it sounds like it has some really great suggestions in it.
     
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    BioAngel Science Teacher - Grades 3-6

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    This one: Fay and Funk's Teaching with Love & Logic So far I really like it :)
     
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    I love that book. The last school I was at bought copies for all of the teachers. Somehow I ended up with three copies. One got messed up, so I have two. I also went to a workshop and won a cd, and bought a few more. They are a good investment.
     
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    BioAngel Science Teacher - Grades 3-6

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    Then I should probably finish reading it before September :p I've heard alot of great stuff about the series in general, so I'm glad to be hearing the same thing at this site too.
     
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    When I get in a teaching 'funk' and need some inspiration:
    Educating Esme by Esme Codell
    Teach like your hair's on fire by Rafe Esquith
    Elaine's circle (not sure who it's by)
    freedom writer's diary/teach from the heart by Erin Gruwell
    Essential 55 by Ron Clark (and Excellent 11 by Ron Clark)

    All remind me why I am a teacher. Sometimes professional books don't capture that same magic.

    Magazines: Scholastic's Instructor magazine was cheap and had good ideas each month.
     
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    Would like to continue this thread for us 'newbie's. What other books would be good for new teachers? Also need book suggestions for writing for 4h grade.
     
  24. BioAngel

    BioAngel Science Teacher - Grades 3-6

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    I'm going to through the thread and edit my first post with all the texts that have been suggested--- might be helpful for others ^_^
     
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    The Organized Teacher I don't know who writes it, but it is published by McGraw-Hill. Best $20 I spent. It's aimed toward elementary teachers but most special ed teachers in all grades could use it and I am sure middle and high school teachers can adapt. I am ridiculously unorganized and this helps.
     
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    I love books.

    Wong and Wong are awesome!!! (The First Days of School).

    You might have already read it, but Understanding by Design changed my world. Grant Wiggins, it's priceless.

    Rick Smith's Conscious Classroom Management is also good for just that. My sister-in-law, a kindergarten (and erstwhile fifth-grade) teacher and I (I teach seniors) often discuss it's broad applications.
     
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    On that Wong book, is it necessary to have the newest edition (2007)? Or is the 1997 version ok?
     
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    Thanks for keeping this thread going. Lots of good recommendations. I'll need to start developing an SS to keep track.
     
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    BioAngel Science Teacher - Grades 3-6

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    I'm not sure what the differences are between the two books, but I know if you go to Barnes and Noble they have that book in stock. It's one of THE teaching books for teachers, so most book stores would have a copy in stock. Take a look through it and see if there's any updated information you would really need to read through--- I'm guessing not, but you never know.
     
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    I just adore Sahara Special by Esmé Raji Codell, author of Educating Esmé.
     
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    Well here are some that I have that look promising but I can't tell you how good they are in practice since next year will be my first year.

    First year teacher survival kit by Julia G. Thompson
    Why didn't I learn this in college? by Paula Rutherford
    Rookie Teaching for Dummies by W. Michael Kelley
    The Everything New Teacher Book by Melissa Kelly
     
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    Savage Inequalities by Mr. Jonathan Kozol. I can't even begin to talk about it, but it's quite a revealing read.

    *All stats can and are skewed, but...wow...just read it!
     
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    Dealing With Difficult Parents by Todd Whitaker and Douglas Fiore

    What Great Teachers Do Differently: 14 Things That Matter Most by Todd Whitaker

    Tools for Teaching by Fred Jones
     
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    I love Adam Waxler's book.
     
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    I am so glad I saw this post, I was just getting ready to create one asking about the best books for new teachers. I am a nervous wreck and want all the advice - tips - I can get.
     
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    I hear ya, Mom. Thanks to this post I checked out "Educating Esme" from my local library and began reading it a few days ago. Really interesting reading and easy to read. The only thing that I find strange is what a smarta$$ this gal seemed to be to her principal at age 24 just starting out. I can't imagine speaking to a co-worker that way, let alone administration! Still, I'm getting some good curricular ideas from it and I guess that's what I'm supposed to be taking away from it. Some of it is pretty humorous too.

    I'll probably be checking out some more from this thread before the summer's through and I'm ready to get started!
     
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    Teachling--This is what I used this year for 4th grade writing and I really like it. The comprehensive narrative guide is all you need to get started.

    http://www.empoweringwriters.com/
     
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    Teaching Children to Care- Ruth Charney!
     
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    Thank you for the info. I will look into it.
     
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    These aren't necessarily books on teaching per se...however they were all recommended by my multicultural foundation class teacher from this last semester:

    Letters to Teachers by Peronne
    Releasing the Imagination—Maxine Greene
    Tim Wise's White Like Me
    Critical Lessons or Educating Moral People—Nell Noddings
    Lisa Delpit Other People's Children
    "Why are all the Black Kids Sitting in the Cafeteria Together?" by Beverly Daniel Tatum
    True Notebooks by Mark Salzman
    black ants and buddhists: Thinking Critically and Teaching Differently in the Primary Grades by Mary Cowhey
    Beyond Heroes and Holidays: A Practical Guide to K-12 Anti-Racist, Multicultural Education and Staff Development

    I have not read these books *yet* but they are supposed to be great reads to help incorporate and/or understand multiculturalism in the classroom!
     
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    Letters to a Young Teacher by: Jonathan Kozol is excellent
    Teaching with Love and Logic is awesome
     

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