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Teacher Summer Reading Recommendations

Teacher Summer Reading Recommendations

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I'm looking forward to relaxing this summer, but to do so, I first need to compile my summer reading list. Anyone have any new or recent book recommendations related to education?

Here are a few I've read over past summers:

Education Nation -

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success -

Disrupting Class -

Creating Innovators -

Out of our Minds -

Global Achievement Gap -

Thank you in advance for your time and recommendations.

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Brian Sztabnik's picture
Brian Sztabnik
AP Literature teacher from Miller Place, NY

Everyone is talking about Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess. I had a chance to interview Dave about the book and was impressed by his enthusiasm and passion. Since I did not have time to read it this school year, Teach Like a Pirate is on my reading list for the summer!

Laura Thomas's picture
Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal, Author of Facilitating Authentic Learning, Director of the Antioch Critical Skills Program; Elementary Library Media Specialist

I have that on on my night table right now Brian! I'm hoping to re-read some old favorites this summer:
Horace's Compromise/ School/ Hope
The New American High School
Catching up or Leading the Way

as well as:

Masterminds and Wingmen, by Rosalind Wiseman (the author of Queen Bees and Wannabees)

In the Roundest of Places: One Teacher's Journey by Rick Lydon

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath

It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens
by danah boyd

Anthony Armstrong's picture
Anthony Armstrong
8th grade U.S. History, 7th grade World History

Brian & Laura,

Thank you for the great recommendations. I'm not familiar with all of those titles so I will certainly be looking into them as well.

I just came across this one today while reading a news article on Slate.

Give and Take: Why helping others drives our success ( I have to look into it further, but thought it might be an interesting read with regards to how teachers can better improve themselves when working amongst their colleagues.

Elana Leoni's picture
Elana Leoni
Edcamper, Former @Edutopia, Founder of Social Media Marketing Consultancy aimed at helping educational orgs.

A couple of books that I'm hearing get GREAT reviews are:

1) About Passionate Learners: Giving Our Classrooms Back to Our Students by Pernille Ripp:

2) This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education by Jose Vilson:

I haven't had a chance to read them yet but they're definitely on my summer reading list!

Marilina Lonigro's picture

I'm reading it right now Brian! There are great ideas, though not all of them feasible for my institution!

Rebecca's picture

Breakfast on Mars! Hate to self-promote, but it really is a great summer read for teachers.

* "An important collection that ought to become a staple in writing classes." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "A refreshing and useful tool for every middle- and high-school writing teacher to keep handy." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

ms. blatteau's picture

I can definitely second "Out of Our Minds" and "Mindset." In fact, I have used excerpts of "Out of Our Minds" with students as they set goals and reflect on the 21st Century skills of creativity and collaboration. While I haven't explicitly used "Mindset" with students, our school's science teachers teach the fixed mindset vs. growth mindset theory to 9th graders as part of a "Understanding Your Brain" introductory unit. As a teacher in New Haven where issues of racism and poverty affect many students, I am reading "On the Run" this summer. The author follows the story of three African-American young men who, through circumstances often beyond their control, become entrenched in the criminal justice system; for reasons that would fail to impact the lives of their wealthier, white counterparts. Definitely worth checking out and a strong follow-up to the very significant "The New Jim Crow."

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