In his wonderful book, I Can Read with My Eyes Shut, Dr Seuss says, "The more you read, the more you will know, the more you will learn."
This excerpt is especially true for teachers because– The more you read, The more you will know, The more you will learn, And, the more you’ll be able to teach!
Whether you are a veteran teacher or you’ve just entered the teaching profession, it’s good to get a refresher and indulge in the world of self-guided reflection through books. The act of reading a book every once in a while will not only help foster professional development but will also enable us to reflect on our teaching methods and perspectives.
We've compiled a well-rounded list of books that every teacher should read once in their lives:
1. ‘What Teachers Make’ by Taylor Mali
The book exemplifies Mali's sharp, humorous, reflective, critical approach to teaching and why educators are so important today. Everyone who has ever loved or learned from a teacher will treasure and share this book. The book is an impassioned defence of teachers and why we need them now more than ever.
Why you should give it a read: Reading this book will remind you that ‘Good Teachers are dearly loved.’ The book will spark a renewed passion for teaching in your life and remind you why you choose to teach in the first place.
2. ‘The Art of Being a Brilliant Teacher’ by Gary Toward, Chris Henley, & Andy Cope
The book discusses how teachers can handle any situation they encounter in a classroom with the right techniques, guidance and practice. This book provides them with lots of practical advice and tips to help them become a brilliant teacher.
Why you should give it a read: Read this book to know the secrets of being a successful and effective teacher. This is a definite read for all teachers–whether you’re going through the daily rigmarole or the aspiring ones. This book vividly speaks about what teaching is all about and delivers useful insights to master the art of teaching.
3. ‘What Can I Give’ by Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
The book is a tribute to the country's most beloved teacher Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, written by Srijan Pal Singh, who worked closely with him until his death. The lessons Dr Kalam taught beyond the classroom are beautifully shared by Srijan by recalling the values, oaths and messages that his mentor instilled in him.
Why you should give it a read: This book is filled with engaging anecdotes that revolve around the central idea of 'What can I give?' and how having a giving mindset could contribute to a more compassionate world–something that every teacher can relate to on a daily basis.
4. ‘Teaching Outside the Box’ by LouAnne Johnson
A simple and quick read, this book is an invaluable guide to instil discipline, rev up the pizzazz in lessons, deal with difficult classroom situations, teach adolescents to read, and much more. The book talks about the extraordinary impact that a teacher can have on a student’s life.
Why you should give it a read: It offers practical strategies that will benefit both seasoned veterans and new teachers alike in creating dynamic classroom environments where students enjoy learning and teachers enjoy teaching.
5. ‘Flip your Classroom’ by Jonathan Bergmann & Aaron Sams
Written by two teachers, the concept of this book is pretty simple: empower students to take responsibility for their learning through instruction that goes beyond the classroom. It clearly states how teachers should focus on answering students' questions, explaining what they didn't understand, and gauging their learning.
Why you should give it a read: The book questions the traditional methods of teaching and gives you a chance to explore unique and interesting ways to make a difference in your classroom.
A good teacher is first and foremost a learner and what better way to learn than with books! Teaching and learning can be transformed by reading books and embracing new ideas learned from those books.
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Simran is a writer here at Suraasa and has formerly worked as a Teacher. She is passionate about learning and making a difference through her words.