Inspiration

Reads for the teachers, by the teachers

Anshu Pande
Reads for the teachers, by the teachers

 

  1. Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess - This book has the best of both worlds. A part of it is an inspirational manifesto that ignites passion for the teaching profession and part of it is a practical road map filled with dynamic strategies to dramatically increase student engagement. The message from Teach Like a Pirate will resonate with educators who believe in creative lessons and want to transform school into a life-changing experience for students.

     
  2. Ditch That Textbook by Matt Miller - This book pushes educators to throw out the old, pedestrian teaching and learning practices and inculcate new ones. This book is a support system, toolbox, and manifesto to help educators free their teaching and revolutionise their classrooms.

     
  3. 50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom by Alice Keeler and Libbi Miller - The authors of this book have shortened the tech integration learning curve by providing a thorough overview of the Google Classroom app. With screenshots and website URLs, this book provides ideas and step-by-step instruction to help teachers encourage student collaboration, seamlessly use other Google tools, such as Google Docs, provide timely feedback to students and more.

     
  4. Play Like a PIRATE by Quinn Rollins - Author Quinn Rollins knows exactly how to get the students to study without making it boring. With Lego, Hot Wheels, action figures, Barbie, superheroes, and games, this book will help the educators get all the fun back to the classroom. It is full of big ideas and practical strategies on how to use toys, games, and comics to engage your students
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  5. Launch by John Spencer and A.J. Juliani - School can be busy. Materials can be scarce. The creative process can seem confusing. Curriculum requirements can feel limiting. Those challenges too often bully creativity, pushing it to the side as an “enrichment activity” that gets put off or squeezed into the tiniest time block. Authors John Spencer and A.J. Juliani share their firsthand experience with these challenges and share tips on how to overcome them.


     
  6. Why don’t Students like the School by Daniel Willingham - In this eminently readable book, Willingham takes findings from cognitive science and applies them to the classroom in a straightforward and practical way. A central claim in this book is that while we are naturally curious, we are not naturally good at thinking and can only truly think about things we know. It also contains one of the best lines ever to feature in a book on education: “Memory is the residue of thought.”

     
  7. Seven Myths about Education by Daisy Christodoulou - In this brief but explosive book, Christodoulou challenges several orthodoxies in education such as prioritising skills over knowledge, the claim that teacher-led instruction is passive, and why you can’t just look it up on Google. Whether or not you agree with everything in this book, every teacher should at least be acquainted with its arguments.
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