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Is there an ed book that lead you to a great "Aha" about learning, teaching, literacy, students?

Have you shifted your classroom practice or a perspective about education because of something you read, even an article or quote?

Here are a couple ed books that helped shape my identity as an educator:

Reading Reasons, by Kelly Gallagher. This is a fantastic book, filled with mini-lessons and activites to share with your relunctant and struggling middle- and high school readers.

You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train, by Howard Zinn. Teaching does not happen in a vacuum, and teaching public education often means we are engaged full-throttle in social justice.

Which ed books, quotes, articles, authors have helped shape your teaching?

Please share with us!

Rebecca Alber

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Michelle's picture

I read voraciously. The most recent series of inspirational educational stories (with embedded ideas) have been the Rafe Esquith books (Teach like your hair is on fire, etc).

The specific resource books I have enjoyed the most are the SIOP series - which although written for ELL in the classroom, the strategies work for everyone.

Laura S's picture
Laura S
First grade teacher in Florida

Currently reading Teaching with Poverty in Mind by Eric Jensen. I've learned so much in the short time I've been reading this book. It has given me an entirely new perspective on the students I work with. If you work with children who live in poverty, this is a must read.

Rebecca Alber's picture
Rebecca Alber
Edutopia Consulting Editor

Thank you Laura and Michelle!

Since it's summertime, and we have a little extra time (haha!) to read books on teaching, learning and pedagogy in general, what might be some good summer reads you'd like to suggest?

I am reading Designing and Teaching Learning Goals and Objectives: Classroom Strategies That Work by Robert Marzano. Great book!

What are you reading...?



Jemilah's picture
Fan of Teachers

For literacy, check out the Comprehensive Literacy Resource series by Miriam P. Trehearne. These books can seem a little overwhelming at first, because of their size but they are VERY well organized and easy to dip in and out of. They include lots of teach-it-now strategies and copy masters. You can buy them and view sample chapters at

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