Do you know who is the world’s best teacher?
Peter Tabichi of Kenya, who has been teaching for over 12 years, was recently named the best teacher in the world.
Imagining yourself to be in the shoes of your teacher will make you realize the amount of effort they put in to hold a class or give a lecture.
They prepare themselves beforehand to teach their students a particular topic effectively.
All of us know that not all students in a class are well-behaved. There is always someone or a group of mischievous kids that may make it hard for teachers to focus on teaching. Thus, being a teacher is not easy, and the task of educating is not easier too.
We believe that there are several qualities a teacher must possess to make their ship sail smoothly in their workplace.
Some characteristics of a good teacher are: must be great communicators, are engaging, adaptable, are empathetic, have the adequate patience level, are good listeners, and last must always motivate their students to improve.
The journey of learning never stops for teachers.
They are people who are continuously learning to be better at their profession. Whether, be it about the nervousness or anxiety of dealing with a bunch of students or coming up with exciting ways of imparting knowledge to them.
But the teachers must not worry! You have your best friends or companions to help you out. Yes! Your best friend is none other than books! There is a tonne of books that will aid you through your confusing times.
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We have prepared a list of great books for teachers after spending many hours researching the books from all around the world. Some of them are the best books on teaching strategies, and some generally discuss how to become a better teacher.
Here you will find the 12 Best Books Every Teacher Should Read.
- 1. The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher
- 2. The Cooperative Classroom: The Empowering Learning
- 3. Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher’s First Year
- 4. The Courage To Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life
- 5. Cultivating Mindfulness in The Classroom
- 6. Disruptive Thinking: Why How We Read Matters
- 7. The Curious Classroom: 10 Structures for Teaching with Student-Directed Inquiry
- 8. Fred Jones Tools For Teaching: Discipline, Instruction, Motivation
- 9. Growing Minds
- 10. Teach Like a Pirate: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator
- 11. Teach Like a Champion 2.0: 62 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College
- 12. What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greater Job in the World
1. The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher
– by Harry Wong and Rosemary T. Wong
The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher by Harry Wong and Rosemary T. Wong — It is one of the primary books that introduces how to teach effectively. Harry Wong and Rosemary T. Wong became well known after this book. More than 4 million copies were published, and it became the best-selling book on class management. It is a must-read book for new teachers. Even experienced teachers can gain insight into how consistency is essential in the teaching procedures. The Wongs believe that creating a set routine for students will be much more beneficial.
2. The Cooperative Classroom: The Empowering Learning
– by Lynda A. Baloche
The Cooperative Classroom: The Empowering Learning by Lynda A. Baloche — Isn’t patience and cooperation the most required traits expected from teachers and students, respectively, to run a classroom smoothly? The students must cooperate with their subject teachers to effectively learn what they are trying to teach. The book tells about some skills that teachers can acquire to facilitate greater understanding between them and the class.
3. Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher’s First Year
– by Esme Raji Codell
Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher’s First Year by Esme Raji Codell — This book uniquely tells its readers how the life of a teacher is. It is in a diary entry format, showing in detail the everyday delights and difficulties of a teacher. We personally recommend this book as it dwells on a real-life teacher’s experience of teaching. She also shares her ingenious ways of dealing with a classroom. Hence, Educating Esme is the best motivational book for teachers, be they novice or experienced.
4. The Courage To Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life
– by Parker J. Palmer
The Courage To Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life by Parker J. Palmer — This book comes to rescue teachers when they feel that they cannot seem to operate effectively in a classroom. The confusion and doubt that ensues them about their teaching method sometimes bring their spirits down. Parker J. Palmer tries his best to motivate teachers from all over the world. He claims that every individual teacher has a unique way of imparting knowledge; there is no need to follow a specific method. The thing we loved about this book is how it revives the true passion despite all the hardships. The author beautifully shows that there are differences in teaching. A teacher’s intellect and emotions will further help in building a comfortable environment for their classrooms.
5. Cultivating Mindfulness in The Classroom
– by Jeanie Iberlin
Cultivating Mindfulness in The Classroom by Jeanie Iberlin — Schools and Colleges are not only places from where we attain knowledge, but they also help in carving our personalities so that we are socially and emotionally well off too. So, this particular book by Jeanie Iberlin discusses the step-by-step process of how to initiate mindfulness in the classrooms. Practising mindfulness has various benefits like positive self-concept, emotional control, stress reduction, attention, and positive interactions.
6. Disruptive Thinking: Why How We Read Matters
– by Beers and Robert E. Probst
Disruptive Thinking: Why How We Read Matters by Beers and Robert E. Probst — Another book was written by authors of the bestseller, ‘Notice and Note’. It focuses on how students should be more responsive and responsible in a classroom. A common problem faced by a teacher is the lack of engagement from the student’s side. We will call this book a great guide to help teachers. It includes ideas and strategies on how teachers can revive students’ interest and make them critical thinkers of the developing nation.
7. The Curious Classroom: 10 Structures for Teaching with Student-Directed Inquiry
– by Harvey Daniels
The Curious Classroom: 10 Structures for Teaching with Student-Directed Inquiry by Harvey Daniels — It is one of the best books for elementary teachers. Harvey Daniel shifts the focus from the general notion of teachers asking questions. He has revealed several strategies on making the students interested and engaged so that they themselves ask questions. Personally, we feel that the approach of this book is commendable. It guides teachers to encourage students’ curiosity as it will indulge them more in the curricular. Paying attention to children’s questions will make the classroom more interactive.
8. Fred Jones Tools For Teaching: Discipline, Instruction, Motivation
– by Fredric H Jones and Patrik Jones
Fred Jones Tools For Teaching: Discipline, Instruction, Motivation by Fredric H Jones and Patrik Jones — Every teacher has their way of teaching their disciples, but this book introduces skills which teachers can adopt to improve their performance. Jones claims that integrating skills such as management of instruction, motivation, and discipline is necessary to have a successful classroom. He tells about effective strategies to deal with student disruptions, helpless hand raising, back-talking, and dawdling. Thus, a great book on class management for teachers.
9. Growing Minds
– by Herbert R. Kohl
Growing Minds by Herbert R. Kohl — We know that teachers are the sole guiders to students in an institution, be it school or college. The author believes that true growth of a teacher is in terms of the development of the children they are teaching. He addresses the main issue of teaching children accurately. Herbert points that students should enjoy what they are learning, rather than just learning up the facts. Teachers should heed to the curiosity and questions of their students and encourage more open discussions to create a peaceful yet enjoyable environment of the class.
10. Teach Like a Pirate: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator
– by Dave Burgess
Teach Like a Pirate: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator by Dave Burgess — If you love doing something, then you give your every inch of effort to it. Similarly, Dave Burgess tries to bring back the vigorous passion of teachers. He says that teachers should never lose courage. They should always try to come up with innovative and creative ways of teaching their students. A teacher gains success when they are able to grab their students’ attention and are able to manage them effectively. All in all, this book can be called a somewhat inspirational book for teachers. The book talks about many practical techniques that will help to increase student engagement.
11. Teach Like a Champion 2.0: 62 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College
– by Doug Lemov
Teach Like a Champion 2.0: 62 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College by Doug Lemov — We felt this book was very simple. By simple, we mean that it touched upon all the basics techniques for teaching in a clear manner. You can definitely use this book as a reference guide, it includes a number of suggestions for teachers. Doug Lemov has only included techniques that are possible and are a great means to raise student performance and improve classroom management. Like every other writer, Doug Lemov states that grabbing students’ attention and interest will lead teachers to the road of success, or in particular will help them to facilitate a peaceful and proper functioning of a classroom.
12. What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greater Job in the World
– by Taylor Mali
What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greater Job in the World by Taylor Mali — The last book in our list of recommendations, but definitely deserves a lot of praises as well. Taylor Mali, now a renowned public speaker confidently states the importance of teachers and acknowledges the amount of work done by them. He believes that teachers are the driving force who continuously root for their students and energize them to excel beyond their limits. There are some touching stories and poetry in the book. Though it is merely a 100-page book still it clearly shows the difference that a presence of a teacher can make in someone’s life. It is truly a powerful and inspiring book.
The books mentioned above are the ones that we have done extensive research on and then have made their place in this recommendation list. There are plenty of other books too, but we thought these might be more helpful.
My Top Recommendation: If you ask us to select only one book from the list, then we will choose The Curious Classroom: 10 Structures for Teaching with Student-Directed Inquiry by Harvey Daniels. Why? Because allowing the children to freely raise up their doubts and giving them space to be curious will result in a more natural and interactive session between the teacher and the students. So, you could give this book a read earlier than the others!
Refer to Wikipedia to understand what is Enquiry-Based Learning.
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