Posted by Christy Williams on August 1st, 2017
School is out for summer, but that does not mean the learning ends. As a teacher, your summers may often be spent reading about educational trends and preparing for the next school term. However, it is also necessary for you to spend time reading things that will allow you to unwind, reflect and continue being your best self. The following are a few books to help you in the classroom environment, as well as some to help you recharge as an individual.
1. Digital Storytelling in the Classroom: New Media Pathways to Literacy, Learning and Creativity – Jason Ohler This resource focuses on implementing digital literacy within the classroom through the integration of media arts standards and usage.
2. Learn Like a PIRATE: Empower Your Students to Collaborate, Lead and Succeed – Paul Solarz Learn Like a PIRATE offers a perspective on designing instruction that encourages the development of 21st century skills such as collaboration. The book focuses on creating a student-led classroom.
3. Launch: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring out the Maker in Every Student – John Spencer and A.J. Juliani This book provides practical strategies for boosting creativity in the classroom through design based thinking.
4. Six Thinking Hats – Edward de Bono This text was originally written for entrepreneurs. The concepts covered can be used to help students strengthen their critical thinking skills.
5. Teach Like a PIRATE: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity and Transform Your Life as an Educator – Dave Burgess Teach Like a PIRATE provides tips and ideas surrounding teacher creativity and passion being utilized to drive student engagement. Brainstorming activities and hooks are also included in the resource.
6. Creative You – Otto Kroeger and David B. Goldstein This resource offers insight to creative personality types and ways to apply creativity in various areas of life. The insights shared can also be used in the classroom to produce creatively driven lessons.
7. Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life – Bill Burnett and Dave Evans Designing Your Life details ways in which design thinking can be used to create fulfilling and meaningful lives. The book is not focused on education, however, some of the principles can be applied in a classroom environment.
8. Happy Teacher Habits – Michael Linsin Happy Teacher Habits highlights 11 habits of happy, effective teachers as determined through research, expert contribution and practical strategies.
9. Happy Teachers Change the World – Thich Nhat Hanh and Katherine Weare This guide focuses on mindfulness within education. It offers stories and instructions for practical usage that can be used in the classroom and in other areas of life.
10. The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life – Parker J. Palmer The Courage to Teach deals with the emotional side of teaching. The work focuses on dealing with the matters of the heart that impact teaching and connection between self and students.
The weeks between one session ending and another beginning can sometimes seem short. Make the most of your summer by grabbing a few good books to strengthen you as a teacher and encourage you as a person. Starting the school year well-rested and better equipped will benefit both you and your students alike.}