Professional development is always important, but finding ways to fit it in throughout the school year can be challenging… especially when you add in all of the other things teachers have to manage.
Maybe you’ve considered reading education-related books during your time off, to learn a new skill, or to learn more information about a teaching technique or intervention. Education books are perfect to read during time off (like quarantine, breaks, or during the summer months) to get in the professional development you need without making it seem like a chore.
So I asked the experienced teachers in our Facebook group, Mrs. D’s VIPs, what their favorite professional development books are and what they would recommend. Read their suggestions below and click here to see the original post.
Education Books for Professional Development
7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
Solving professional and personal problems through kindness, honesty, integrity, and dignity is the premise behind this best seller.
Conscious Discipline: Building Resilient Classrooms by Dr. Becky A. Bailey
Help students build resiliency through problem solving, skill building, and positivity versus traditional discipline methods.
Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success by John Maxwell
Maxwell encourages readers to reframe how they look at failure in order to become successful and lead a more positive life.
The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher by Harry K. Wong and Rosemary T. Wong
Start the year off right and set your classroom up for success with the techniques and tips in Wong’s book designed for teachers at any stage of their career.
Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom by Kristin Souers and Pete Hall
Learn how creating safe space and building strong relationships with students helps foster a positive, trauma-sensitive classroom where children can thrive.
Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges Are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them by Ross W. Greene, Ph.D.
Greene offers parents and educators a different perspective on behavioral challenges in the classroom and how to work with students who need help the most.
Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators by Elena Aguilar
Aguilar tackles the topic of educator stress head-on and offers ways to mitigate the effects of it so that teachers can bounce back and love the job they trained for in college.
Relentless: Changing Lives by Disrupting the Educational Norm by Hamish Brewer
The author encourages readers to change the way they think about schools, education, and teaching in order to change the future for students.
Take Control of the Noisy Class: Chaos to Calm in 15 Seconds by Rob Plevin
Get any class quiet and ready to learn in 15 seconds or less using the powerful suggestions in Plevin’s book.
Teach Like a Champion 2.0 by Doug Lemov
Get straightforward and effective techniques for addressing everything from behavior issues to academic rigor in this international bestseller.
Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess
Increase student engagement, reignite your passion for teaching, and have fun teaching again with the help of these practical and inspirational ideas.
Teaching with Love and Logic: Taking Control of the Classroom by Jim Fay
Say goodbye to external rewards for behavior and help students become self-motivated and self-disciplined with the tips and tricks in Fay’s popular book.
What are some of your favorite education books for teachers? Share them with us in the comments!