The best 30 Teaching books

Teaching is a noble profession that shapes the minds and futures of countless individuals. To help educators enhance their skills and make a lasting impact in the classroom, we've compiled a curated list of books on teaching.
These books cover a wide range of topics, from effective teaching strategies to classroom management techniques. Whether you're a seasoned educator or just starting out, this collection offers valuable insights and practical advice for your teaching journey.

The best 30 Teaching books
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Teaching Books: Educating Esme by

Educating Esme

Diary of a Teacher's First Year

What's Educating Esme about?

Educating Esme is a memoir by Esmé Raji Codell that chronicles her experiences as a first-year teacher in a challenging inner-city school. Through a series of journal entries, Codell shares the highs and lows of her teaching journey, offering insights into the education system and the power of connecting with students. It is a heartfelt and inspiring account of one teacher's dedication to making a difference in the lives of her students.

Who should read Educating Esme?

  • Teachers or educators looking for inspiration and fresh ideas to engage their students
  • Parents who want to support their children’s education and understand the challenges in the classroom
  • Anyone interested in the personal journey of a passionate and dedicated teacher

What's White Teacher about?

In "White Teacher," Vivian Gussin Paley shares her experiences as a white teacher in a predominantly black kindergarten classroom. She reflects on the challenges and complexities of race, identity, and education, offering valuable insights and lessons for educators and parents alike. Through personal anecdotes and thoughtful analysis, Paley encourages us to confront our own biases and strive for a more inclusive and equitable learning environment.

Who should read White Teacher?

  • Teachers and educators looking to improve their teaching methods
  • Parents who want to better understand the dynamics of a diverse classroom
  • Individuals interested in the intersection of race, education, and empathy

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Teaching Books: Pushout by

Pushout

The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools

What's Pushout about?

This book explores the systemic factors that push black girls out of the education system and into the juvenile justice system. Drawing on interviews and research, Monique W. Morris sheds light on the unique challenges and biases faced by black girls in schools, and offers solutions for creating a more inclusive and supportive educational environment. It is a powerful and eye-opening examination of the intersection of race and gender in education.

Who should read Pushout?

  • Parents, educators, and policymakers interested in addressing the school-to-prison pipeline
  • Advocates for social justice and equality
  • Individuals looking to understand and dismantle the systemic biases impacting young Black girls in the education system

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Teaching Books: Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain by

Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain

Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students

What's Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain about?

This book explores the intersection of neuroscience and culturally responsive teaching, offering practical strategies for educators to create an inclusive and engaging learning environment for all students. Drawing on research and real-life examples, Zaretta Lynn Hammond provides insights into how students' cultural backgrounds and experiences can impact their learning, and offers tools to help teachers leverage this knowledge to support their students' academic success. It is a valuable resource for educators looking to enhance their teaching practices and promote equity in the classroom.

Who should read Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain?

  • Educators who want to create a more inclusive and supportive classroom environment
  • Individuals interested in understanding how cultural backgrounds impact learning and behavior
  • Teachers looking for practical strategies to engage students from diverse backgrounds

What's Savage Inequalities about?

Savage Inequalities (1991) by Jonathan Kozol explores the stark differences in funding and resources between public schools in affluent and low-income communities in the United States. Through extensive research and personal anecdotes, Kozol sheds light on the systemic inequalities that perpetuate educational disadvantage for marginalized students.

Who should read Savage Inequalities?

  • Individuals interested in understanding and addressing educational inequality
  • Teachers, educators, and policymakers seeking insights into the challenges facing underprivileged schools
  • Students and scholars studying social justice, poverty, and education

What's What Great Teachers Do Differently about?

What Great Teachers Do Differently by Todd Whitaker explores the key practices and mindset shifts that set exceptional teachers apart. Drawing on real-life examples and research, the book offers practical strategies for creating a positive and effective classroom environment, building strong relationships with students, and continuously improving as an educator. It's a valuable resource for both new and experienced teachers looking to make a difference in their students' lives.

Who should read What Great Teachers Do Differently?

  • Teachers and educators looking to improve their teaching practices
  • Education leaders and administrators seeking to support and develop their teaching staff
  • Anyone interested in understanding the key qualities and behaviors that set great teachers apart

What's Teach Like a Pirate about?

Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess challenges educators to bring excitement and passion into their teaching. The book provides practical strategies and inspiring stories to help teachers create engaging and memorable learning experiences for their students. Drawing on the principles of passion, immersion, rapport, ask and analyze, transformation, and enthusiasm (P.I.R.A.T.E), Burgess shows how to inject creativity and energy into every lesson.

Who should read Teach Like a Pirate?

  • Teachers looking to increase student engagement and motivation
  • Educators seeking new and innovative teaching strategies
  • Those interested in enhancing their classroom management skills

What's For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood... and the Rest of Y'all Too about?

For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood... and the Rest of Y'all Too by Christopher Emdin is a thought-provoking book that challenges traditional teaching methods and offers practical strategies for educators working in urban schools. Through personal anecdotes and research, Emdin addresses the need for culturally responsive teaching and advocates for a more inclusive and empowering approach to education.

Who should read For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood... and the Rest of Y'all Too?

  • Teachers who work with students from urban communities
  • Education professionals seeking to address racial and cultural disparities in the classroom
  • Individuals interested in innovative and culturally responsive teaching methods

What's The Essential 55 about?

The Essential 55 by Ron Clark is a guidebook for teachers and parents that outlines 55 rules for students to follow in order to succeed in school and in life. Filled with inspiring stories and practical tips, it offers valuable lessons on discipline, respect, and responsibility.

Who should read The Essential 55?

  • Teachers looking for practical strategies to instill values, discipline, and respect in their students
  • Parents seeking guidance on raising well-behaved and responsible children
  • Educators and school administrators aiming to create a positive and respectful school culture

What's The English Teacher's Companion about?

'The English Teacher's Companion' by Jim Burke offers practical and inspiring strategies for English teachers at all levels. With a focus on student-centered learning and effective classroom management, this book provides valuable insights, lesson ideas, and resources to help educators create a supportive and engaging learning environment for their students.

Who should read The English Teacher's Companion?

  • English teachers looking to enhance their teaching strategies and classroom practices
  • Pre-service teachers seeking guidance and practical advice for their future careers
  • Educators interested in incorporating technology and media literacy into their English curriculum

What's I Read It, but I Don't Get It about?

I Read It, but I Don't Get It by Cris Tovani is a helpful guide for educators and parents who want to support struggling readers. The book offers practical strategies to improve reading comprehension and provides insights into the challenges that students face when trying to make sense of what they read. Tovani's real-life examples and actionable tips make this book a valuable resource for anyone involved in teaching or mentoring young readers.

Who should read I Read It, but I Don't Get It?

  • Teachers who want to improve their students' reading comprehension
  • Educators looking for practical strategies to help struggling readers
  • Parents who want to support their children's literacy skills at home

What's Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire about?

Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire by Rafe Esquith is an inspiring book that offers practical advice and real-life stories from a dedicated teacher. Esquith shares his unconventional methods and passion for teaching, encouraging educators to go above and beyond to make a difference in their students' lives. It challenges the traditional approach to education and provides valuable insights for both new and experienced teachers.

Who should read Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire?

  • Teachers who want to inspire and motivate their students
  • Educators looking for practical tips and strategies to enhance their teaching
  • Anyone interested in creating a positive and nurturing learning environment

What's Reading in the Wild about?

Reading in the Wild by Donalyn Miller is a guide to nurturing lifelong reading habits in children. Drawing on her own experiences as a teacher and extensive research, Miller offers practical strategies for creating a reading environment that encourages independence, choice, and a love for books. This book is a valuable resource for educators and parents who want to inspire a generation of passionate readers.

Who should read Reading in the Wild?

  • Teachers looking to foster a love of reading in their students
  • Parents seeking to encourage reading habits in their children
  • Librarians and literacy advocates who want to promote a reading culture

What's Punished by Rewards about?

'Punished by Rewards' challenges the widely accepted belief that rewards are effective motivators. Alfie Kohn argues that rewards, such as praise, grades, and incentives, can actually decrease intrinsic motivation and hinder performance. Through thought-provoking research and real-life examples, Kohn offers a compelling case for reevaluating our use of rewards in parenting, education, and the workplace.

Who should read Punished by Rewards?

  • Parents looking for alternative approaches to disciplining and motivating their children
  • Educators seeking to create a more intrinsic motivation in their students
  • Managers and leaders interested in understanding the limitations of using rewards in the workplace

What's Letters to a Young Teacher about?

Letters to a Young Teacher is a heartfelt and inspiring book by Jonathan Kozol. Through a series of letters, Kozol shares his wisdom and experiences with a new teacher, offering guidance and encouragement. He delves into the challenges and joys of teaching, and advocates for a more compassionate and equitable education system. It's a must-read for both aspiring and experienced educators.

Who should read Letters to a Young Teacher?

  • Aspiring educators looking for insights and advice on teaching
  • Experienced teachers seeking inspiration and renewed passion for their profession
  • Anyone interested in the challenges and rewards of working in urban schools

What's Teaching with Poverty in Mind about?

Teaching with Poverty in Mind by Eric Jensen addresses the impact of poverty on education and offers practical strategies for educators to support students living in poverty. The book explores the effects of poverty on students' cognitive development and behavior, and provides insights into creating a positive learning environment for all students.

Who should read Teaching with Poverty in Mind?

  • Teachers and educators who work with students from low-income backgrounds
  • Administrators and policymakers looking to address educational inequality
  • Parents and caregivers seeking to understand how poverty impacts children's learning

What's Essential Questions about?

Essential Questions by Jay McTighe is a thought-provoking book that delves into the concept of essential questions and their role in education. McTighe explores how essential questions can spark curiosity, promote critical thinking, and guide students towards deeper understanding. With practical examples and strategies, this book offers valuable insights for educators looking to enhance their teaching and engage students in meaningful learning experiences.

Who should read Essential Questions?

  • Teachers and educators looking to enhance their curriculum design and instruction

  • Educational leaders seeking to promote inquiry-based learning and critical thinking in their schools

  • Parents and caregivers interested in supporting their children's intellectual growth and development


What's The First Six Weeks of School about?

The First Six Weeks of School by Responsive Classroom is a practical guide for teachers to establish a positive and productive learning environment in the early weeks of the school year. Focusing on building a sense of community, setting expectations, and teaching social and academic skills, this book offers valuable strategies and activities to help both new and experienced educators create a successful start to the school year.

Who should read The First Six Weeks of School?

  • Teachers looking for proven methods to establish a positive classroom community
  • New educators seeking practical strategies for managing and engaging students
  • Educators who want to create a smooth and successful transition into the school year

What's Why Don't Students Like School? about?

Why Don't Students Like School? by Daniel T. Willingham delves into the cognitive science behind learning and offers insights into how educators can create engaging and effective learning environments. Willingham challenges common assumptions about teaching and learning, providing practical strategies for educators to better understand and address the needs of their students.

Who should read Why Don't Students Like School??

  • Teachers and educators looking to understand the science behind student learning

  • Parents who want to support their children's education and academic success

  • Education policymakers and administrators seeking to improve school systems


What's The Teacher Wars about?

The Teacher Wars by Dana Goldstein explores the history of teaching in America and the various debates and conflicts that have shaped the profession. From the early days of public education to the present, Goldstein delves into issues such as teacher training, standardized testing, and the role of unions, offering valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities facing educators today.

Who should read The Teacher Wars?

  • Aspiring or current teachers looking to understand the history and challenges of the profession
  • Education policy makers and administrators seeking insights into improving the system
  • Those interested in the intersection of education, politics, and social justice

What's The Things They Carried about?

The Things They Carried is a powerful book by Tim O'Brien that tells the story of a group of soldiers during the Vietnam War. Blurring the line between fiction and memoir, it delves into the emotional and psychological weight that soldiers carry with them. Through gripping storytelling, O'Brien takes readers on a journey that examines the realities of war and the burden of memory.

Who should read The Things They Carried?

  • Readers who are interested in the emotional and psychological experiences of soldiers during the Vietnam War
  • Those who enjoy thought-provoking narratives that blur the lines between fiction and non-fiction
  • People who appreciate introspective and reflective storytelling

What's Teaching to Transgress about?

'Teaching to Transgress' by bell hooks is a thought-provoking exploration of education and the power dynamics within the classroom. Drawing from her own experiences as an educator and feminist, hooks challenges traditional teaching methods and advocates for a more inclusive and liberating approach to learning. She encourages educators to engage in critical thinking and create a space that allows students to express their unique perspectives and experiences.

Who should read Teaching to Transgress?

  • Teachers who are open to challenging traditional educational paradigms
  • Individuals seeking to create inclusive and empowering learning environments
  • Readers interested in exploring the intersection of education, social justice, and critical thinking

What's Teacher Man about?

Teacher Man is a memoir by Frank McCourt that delves into his experiences as a high school teacher in New York City. With humor and insight, McCourt reflects on the challenges and joys of being an educator, and shares the valuable lessons he learned along the way. It offers a unique perspective on the world of teaching and the impact one person can have on the lives of students.

Who should read Teacher Man?

  • Teachers looking for inspiration and insights into the challenges and joys of the profession

  • Individuals considering a career in education and wanting to understand the realities of teaching

  • Readers who enjoy memoirs and personal stories that offer a unique perspective on life


What's Whole Brain Teaching for Challenging Kids about?

Whole Brain Teaching for Challenging Kids by Chris Biffle offers a unique approach to teaching that aims to engage all parts of a student's brain. Focusing on techniques such as mirroring, gestures, and call-and-response, the book provides practical strategies for managing and instructing challenging students in a way that promotes active learning and participation.

Who should read Whole Brain Teaching for Challenging Kids?

  • Teachers who want to engage challenging or disengaged students in the learning process

  • Educators looking for practical and innovative teaching strategies to improve classroom management

  • Parents or caregivers seeking effective techniques for supporting and guiding children with learning or behavioral difficulties


What's Effortless Mastery about?

Effortless Mastery by Kenny Werner explores the concept of achieving a state of effortless and creative musical expression. Through personal anecdotes and practical advice, the book delves into the psychological and spiritual aspects of music-making, offering valuable insights for musicians and artists looking to tap into their full potential.

Who should read Effortless Mastery?

  • Aspiring musicians who want to overcome performance anxiety and self-doubt

  • Experienced musicians looking to deepen their connection to music and find more joy in their practice and performance

  • Anyone interested in the intersection of mindfulness and creative expression


What's English Grammar in Use about?

English Grammar in Use by Raymond Murphy is a comprehensive guide to English grammar for intermediate learners. It provides clear explanations, examples, and practice exercises to help improve your grammar skills. Whether you're studying on your own or in a classroom, this book is a valuable resource for anyone looking to master the intricacies of the English language.

Who should read English Grammar in Use?

  • English language learners who want to improve their grammar skills

  • Students preparing for English language proficiency exams such as TOEFL or IELTS

  • Professionals who need to communicate effectively in English in their work


What's G Is for Googol about?

G Is for Googol by David M. Schwartz is a fun and educational book that introduces children to the world of mathematics. Through engaging explanations and colorful illustrations, it explores various mathematical concepts from A to Z. From algebra to zero, this book makes learning math an enjoyable adventure for young readers.

Who should read G Is for Googol?

  • Math enthusiasts and curious minds looking to explore complex mathematical concepts in a fun and engaging way

  • Teachers and parents seeking creative and interactive ways to introduce math to children

  • Readers who enjoy quirky illustrations and humorous explanations to demystify numbers and mathematical principles


What's Guitar Scales Handbook about?

Guitar Scales Handbook by Damon Ferrante is a comprehensive guide to mastering the essential scales used in guitar playing. It provides detailed explanations, exercises, and practical tips to help guitarists understand and apply scales in their music. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced player, this book is an invaluable resource for improving your skills and musical knowledge.

Who should read Guitar Scales Handbook?

  • Aspiring guitarists looking to improve their playing skills and knowledge of music theory

  • Intermediate players seeking to expand their repertoire of scales and techniques

  • Musicians interested in understanding the practical applications of scales in various musical genres


What's Positive Mindset Journal for Teachers about?

Positive Mindset Journal for Teachers by Grace Stevens offers a collection of prompts, exercises, and inspirational quotes to help educators cultivate a positive outlook and mindset. This journal provides a space for reflection, goal-setting, and gratitude, empowering teachers to navigate challenges and find joy in their profession.

Who should read Positive Mindset Journal for Teachers?

  • Teachers who want to cultivate a positive mindset and reduce stress

  • New educators looking for a tool to navigate the challenges of teaching

  • Educators who want to prioritize self-care and personal growth


What's The Missing Method for Guitar about?

The Missing Method for Guitar by Christian J. Triola is a comprehensive guide that fills the gap in traditional guitar education. Through a systematic approach, it teaches guitarists how to read standard notation, unlocking a whole new world of musical possibilities. With clear explanations and practical exercises, this book is a must-have for anyone looking to enhance their guitar playing skills.

Who should read The Missing Method for Guitar?

  • Aspiring guitarists who want to improve their note reading skills

  • Experienced players looking to expand their musical knowledge and abilities

  • Individuals who prefer a structured and comprehensive approach to learning


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