6 Inspiring Reads for Teachers

Books for Teachers

Live, Love, Teach

We all have heard that Teaching is a noble profession! Not only are the hours long but teachers also have to come up with their own lesson plans, schedules, and homework. And after this expect the unexpected when they step into the classroom. Teachers encounter bullying, disrespect, frustration, joy, love, and triumph during their career.

Are you a teacher – looking for the most impactful, the most inspiring, the most beneficial books that will help you succeed in the classroom? Do you need ideas to improve the way in which you motivate students? Do you want to build a better classroom culture?

There are hundreds of books written by real teachers that share real stories, tips, tricks, and motivation that will help a teacher. We have curated a collection of 6 books that are sure to encourage, entertain, and motivate teachers.

6 Inspiring Reads  for Teachers

Today I Made a Difference: A Collection of Inspirational Stories from America’s Top Educators’

Everyone remembers that teacher who made a difference. The one who went the extra mile to truly affect lives, whose lessons carried as much importance outside the classroom as inside. This book is a celebration of those teachers who continue to make an impact. A collection of stories from some of the country’s top educators, this book is a celebration of teachers’ work, and motivation for them to continue. Joseph Underwood has collected stories from each of the twenty-eight 2004 Disney Teacher™ of the Year honorees. And every story celebrates a different obstacle they overcame, the power and know-how needed to triumph, and the reward granted upon beating the odds. This collection is sure to inspire, celebrate, and motivate those people who make the biggest difference in everyone’s life.

Teaching Outside the Box: How to Grab Their Students by Their Brains’

Teaching outside the box

This book integrates practical strategies and engaging advice for new and experienced teachers. Whether you are preparing for your first year of teaching or have been working in the classroom for decades, this conversational book provides you with answers to the essential questions that you face as an educator how to engage students, encourage self–directed learning, differentiate instruction, and create dynamic lessons that nurture critical thinking and strategic problem solving. This updated edition includes expanded material that touches on Project–Based Learning, brain-based teaching, creating smooth transitions, integrating Common Core into the classroom, and other key subject areas. Questions for reflection at the end of each chapter help you leverage this resource in book groups, professional development courses, and in both undergraduate and graduate classes.

What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World

What Teachers Make

The right book at the right time: an impassioned defense of teachers and why our society needs them now more than ever. Based on the poem that inspired a movement, What Teachers Make is Mali’s sharp, funny, reflective, critical call to arms about the joys of teaching and why teachers are so vital to America today. It’s a book that will be treasured and shared by every teacher in America-and everyone who’s ever loved or learned from one.

What Can I Give?: Life lessons from My Teacher – Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

What can I give

This is a book in memory of the country’s most loved teacher. Dr. Kalam is often remembered as a teacher par excellence, whose words, thoughts and very life were lessons in many ways. This book is dedicated by his student Srijan Pal Singh, who worked closely with him, right till the last day of his life. Recollecting his mentor’s values, oaths and messages to the youth, Srijan beautifully shares the lessons Dr. Kalam taught beyond the classroom. Featuring many little-known stories and never-before-seen photographs, as well as certain expressions that were classic Dr. Kalam, this heart-warming memoir will inspire and enlighten, immortalizing the words and actions of a beloved leader.

Chicken Soup for the Teacher’s Soul: Stories to Open the Hearts and Rekindle the Spirit of Educators by Jack Canfield & Mark Victor Hansen

Chicken Soup for the Teacher's Soul

Written by a wide range of teachers, counselors, administrators, educational consultants and former students, the stories in Chicken Soup for the Teacher’s Soul will convince teachers that they’re needed now more than ever. Chicken Soup for the Teacher’s Soul is required reading for every teacher, student, and former student. Readers will learn treasured lessons on the importance of encouragement, the power of love, the value of taking a risk in the classroom, and the need for mentors and allies. Teachers will recognize themselves and their students in these stories of hope and love. They will see their growing challenges as newfound opportunities to transform lives.

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The Hidden Lives of Learners by Graham Nuthall

The Hidden Lives of Learners

The Hidden Lives of Learners takes the reader deep into the hitherto undiscovered world of the learner. It explores the three worlds which together shape a student’s learning – the public world of the teacher, the highly influential world of peers, and the student’s own private world and experiences. What becomes clear is that just because a teacher is teaching, does not mean students are learning. Using a unique method of data collection through meticulous recording – audio, video, observations, interviews, pre- and post-tests – and the collation and analysis of what occurred inside and outside the classroom, Graham Nuthall has definitively documented what is involved for most students to learn and retain a concept. This book is the culmination of Professor Graham Nuthall’s forty years of research on learning and teaching. It is written with classroom teachers and teachers of teachers in mind.

Imagine: No Child Left Invisible by Shelja Sen

Imagine no child left behind

Why do we send our children to school? How can learning be meaningful? And most importantly, how can we build schools worthy of our children? From the time children are little, we start making stories about them. Schools are like factories where these stories are manufactured all the time. Some children, who’re at the top of the social hierarchy, enjoy rich, diverse and colourful stories, which are told and retold. But there are many who spend most of their lives in school, clutching on to single, thin narratives where they’ve been judged as: ‘a failure’, ‘can do better’, ‘not up to the mark’ or ‘not reaching potential’ – every ‘not’ restricting and making their narratives thinner, limited, with lesser scope for possibilities. These are the children who are forgotten, who are invisible and who are seen as never being good enough. At the core of this book is a deep faith that learning is about the magical relationship the teacher builds with each child; it is about building emotionally safe, inclusive spaces for creative learning – this is the heart, the lifeblood, the bare bones of learning. Imagine is a call to action for teachers, parents, counsellors, therapists, activists, thought leaders and other change agents in our society. It is a game changer that will force us to reflect, rethink and redesign schools to ones that our children truly deserve.

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