Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Summer Time Reading

Teacher Summer Reading List

Anyone who says teachers have summers off has probably never met a teacher. While their work year is technically September to June (or August to May in the warmer states—I’m looking at you, Arizona), teachers’ brains don’t take a summer vacation. Summers are filled with lesson plan prep, curriculum designing, professional development seminars, and reading, reading, reading.
The summer months are prime real estate to take advantage of “free time” and catch up on reading to inform your practice and  lighten your spirits overall. Below are the top 17 books for our teacher summer reading list, organized by SPF (summer professional fun!) level. We avoid the tanning oils (i.e., Chicken Soup for the Soul), but the following books range from pedagogy and poetry to special education and science fiction.
Topic: Pedagogy and Professional Development
SPF: Zinc Oxide
These 8 books have you covered when it comes to planning for next year’s curriculum, lesson planning, and classroom management.
  1. Youth, Education, and The Role of Society: Rethinking Learning in the High School Years by Robert Halpern
  2. Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America’s Schools by David L. Kirp
  3. Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration by Scott Doorley and Scott Witthoft
  4. See Me After Class: Advice for Teachers by Teachers by Roxanna Elden 
  5. Teaching as Leadership: The Highly Effective Teacher’s Guide to Closing the Achievement Gapby Steven Farr
  6. Real Talk for Real Teachers: Advice for Teachers from Rookies to Veterans by Rafe Esquith
  7. The Principal 50: Critical Leadership Questions for Inspiring Schoolwide Excellence by Baruti K. Kafele
  8. Teaching for the Two-Sided Mind by Linda Williams 
Topic: Personal Wellness
SPF: 45
While these books aren’t targeted toward your professional development in the classroom, they focus on leadership, writing skills, and work/life balance — all necessary skills to succeed and survive in the classroom.
  1. Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, and Mark A Daniel
  2. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
  3. Bird by Bird: Instructions on Writing and Life by Annie Lamott 
  4. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

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