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Essential Education Books For Teachers in 2019

These books are made by teachers, for teachers.

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There’s a lot more to teaching than merely standing up at the front of the class and lecturing.
There’s the way you deliver your explanations, the way you energise and inspire students, get them excited about school. It’s no easy feat, and there are always new insights on the horizon.
These books provide passages of wisdom, from stories about fellow educators to tips and tricks on public speaking. Invest in your career and future generations to come with these books!

#1 Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds

Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds
Talk Like Ted by Carmine Gallo is a great book for all teachers to read. It teaches effective speaking skills to keep your audience engaged in a way they would be watching your talk for fun, not just because they have to, while learning and retaining information at the same time. It bases its advice on the most viewed Ted Talks, and teaches you how to do the same, using concrete examples to get its points across. It’s a must read for any teacher, or anyone who gets up in front of a group of people and speaks for a living.

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#2 Max’s Words by Kate Banks

Max's Words by Kate Banks
Max’s brothers are collectors of things, Max is a collector of words. The premise of this captivating story is one that introduces children to new words and new ideas about words. It’s great for young children who have mastered letters and phonemes and for older children who are starting to learn the concept of revision. Children will be inspired to start their very own collection of words and create their own stories!

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#3 Old Hat New Hat (Bright & Early Board Books(TM)) by Stan Berenstain

Old Hat New Hat (Bright & Early Board Books(TM)) by Stan Berenstain
It’s a classic for a reason! Old Hat New Hat teaches toddlers about adjectives and how to use them. The rhyme scheme on every page helps young children to pay closer attention to the sounds of individual words and allows them to begin making predictions about what word comes next, an incredibly useful skill to cultivate in young readers.

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#4 The Boy Who Loved Words by Roni Schotter

The Boy Who Loved Words by Roni Schotter
This award winning, whimsical book for lower elementary readers is an ode to language. The Boy Who Loved Words teaches children the importance of vocabulary and word choice when writing. The sweeping illustrations and dazzling vocabulary display are as awe inspiring to children as they are to adults.

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#5 Rosenshine’s Principles in Action by Tom Sherrington

Rosenshine's Principles in Action by Tom Sherrington
In only 50 pages, Sherrington takes Rosenshine’s original paer an has sculpted it into one of the most useful education books available. Every teacher, regardless of what stage of their career they are at should read it, keep it in their teacher bag and reread it regularly.

It’s purpose is to deliver actionable, common sense ideas that should be the foundations of every teachers classroom practice.

Sherrington breaks Rosenshine’s paper down into 4 logical strands and shrewdly demonstrates how they can be used in everyday teaching.

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#6 Dual Coding With Teachers by Oliver Caviglioli

Dual Coding With Teachers by Oliver Caviglioli
In 254 wonderfully crafted pages, Caviglioli has produced a groundbreaking book that both, simply explains dual coding theory and shows you how and why it should be incorporated into your practice.

What makes this book stand out is that Caviglioli gives you 4 routes through the book, each suited to your level of understanding and skill and each route building on the previous. It’s like getting 4 books in one.

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#7 HOW TO WRITE YOUR BOOK: From an Idea to Your Published Story

HOW TO WRITE YOUR BOOK: From an Idea to Your Published Story
HOW TO WRITE YOUR BOOK, is A Great Book for English Teachers, especially for Creative Writing! The method used is a great way for teachers to introduce Creative Writing, a sometimes dry subject in a fun and interactive way!

HOW TO WRITE YOUR BOOK, From an Idea to Your Published Story, makes it easy for teachers to help their students want to write their stories. Written as a road trip, to get anyone from an idea to a finished story, the fun part comes in when our 3 Wise Guides, the writer, editor, and publisher give their quips, advice and guidance to get through even the most difficult Write road blocks. In 12 Chapters these characters are constantly alerting the writer to ways to accomplish their objective of a finished story. This book was also used to create the sci-fi trilogy, Code 47 to BREV Force, written by F. Barish-Stern, and each chapter uses a review map that shows how the techniques in that chapter were implemented for BREV Force, and as a bonus, a guide is given to help anyone do the same; each step of the way. HOW TO WRITE YOUR BOOK, is making teaching Creative Writing a fun experience for both teachers and their students!

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#8 The Freedom Writers Diary by The Freedom Writers

The Freedom Writers Diary by The Freedom Writers
Published in 1999, this book is a collection of writings by the students of Erin Gruwell, a then 23-year-old new teacher at Long Beach High School in Long Beach, California, who was assigned a class of so-called “unteachable” students who were trapped by gang violence and racial tension. To reach them, she assigned literature they could relate to, brought in speakers who could engage them, and gave each of them a blank composition notebook where they could share, anonymously, their thoughts and experiences. Despite the odds against them, all 150 of her students graduated from high school, and some went onto college and established rewarding careers. The book also spawned a 2007 movie, Freedom Writers, starring Hilary Swank.

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#9 The Wealthy Teacher: Lessons for Prospering on a School Teacher’s Salary

The Wealthy Teacher: Lessons for Prospering on a School Teacher's Salary
A majority of Americans feel that teachers are paid too little and are under-appreciated. Despite this, out of almost 500 professions analysed to see what the most meaningful jobs in America are, three of the top twelve are in education!

In The Wealthy Teacher, learn from fellow educator Danny Kofke how you can:

– Raise a family of four on a teacher’s salary
– Develop and stick to a budget for good
– Build up an emergency fund
– Pay off all of your debt
– Save over $30,000 this year (in an added bonus ebook)
– Become a wealthy teacher, too

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#10 Math Myths for the Modern Child by Donna Marie Rucinski Harrington

Math Myths for the Modern Child by Donna Marie Rucinski Harrington
This is a collection of funny stories with some math concepts slipped in. Having been a math teacher, I can attest to the difficulty of teaching math without context. Teachers can either provide real life applications, entertainment, or both. This book is a great way to make math amusing. The author, Donna Rucinski Harrington, is a teacher but, more importantly, she is an entertaining writer.

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#11 A Quick Guide to Archetypes & Allegory by Ken Johnson

A Quick Guide to Archetypes & Allegory by Ken Johnson
A Quick Guide to Archetypes & Allegory is an invaluable resource for teachers to better explain the art of story craft and how both theatre/cinema and literature has an impact upon us psychologically.

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#12 Things That Happen By Chance by Gail Daldy

Things That Happen By Chance by Gail Daldy
Things That Happen By Chance is a picture book about a real little boy named Chance. He is learning to take a closer look at the little things in life as well as sharing simple life lessons. When a teacher reads the book in a circle group of children it sparks great conversations among them as they openly discuss with one another their own thoughts, ideas andfeelings. The simple life lessons are inclusive to all children regardless of where they come from, where they live or their family structure. Some of the lessons are honesty, hygiene, respect, manners, empathy, accountability, friendship, kindness etc. The book is available in dual text English, French, Spanish, Farsi, Arabic and Dyslexic (for children who may be experiencing difficulty learning to read).

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#13 Behaviour by Christopher Ayton

Behaviour by Christopher Ayton
This is not a book about the theory of child behaviour or an analysis of why kids mess about in your lessons. No, this is a book that will get the kids in your class behaving the way you want them to behave, and if you follow the programme laid down in this book, you will have the pupils in your class eating out of your hand in six weeks. Written by a ‘real life’ teacher, teaching right now in a classroom in an inner city school, with 30 years’ experience. The author has taught all the year groups from nursery to Year 11, has worked as a supply teacher and in a Pupil Referral Unit, a school for children with behavioural challenges. This book will save your career, your relationship and your sanity.

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#14 A Guide to Successful Substitute Teaching by Wade McAfee

A Guide to Successful Substitute Teaching by Wade McAfee
This book is intended to be used by individuals, which have entered the educational field, who must go through the substitute teaching experience. In order to obtain a contracted position, individuals must gain experience only obtainable through substitute teaching.

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#15 Auditory Processing in the Classroom by Catherine Routley

Auditory Processing in the Classroom by Catherine Routley
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is a difficulty with the brain’s interpretation of sounds. It is not a hearing impairment. The book looks at the various theories which give rise to a diagnosis of APD. Although awareness and research of APD has been chiefly carried out in the USA, it is now increasingly becoming acknowledged in the UK. Teachers are becoming aware of the impact of APD on a wide range of classroom learning. Assessments, awareness of APD in the classroom and its co-existence with other learning problems are areas which are discussed. The book is essentially a practical one, offering a range of strategies of how pupils can be helped, teaching strategies, modifying the classroom environment and providing details of both low and high cost strategies. The difficulties of APD relating to the various key stages are referred to, with ideas of how parents can provide support.

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#16 My New Gender Workbook by Kate Bornstein

My New Gender Workbook by Kate Bornstein
In a time where violence against the transgender community is an ever-present reality, it is vital that teachers have a working knowledge of gender diversity and supporting the transgender community. Bornstein’s workbook is an access point to everything from language basics to understanding the intersection of gender identity with race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, and other identities. It is as playful and interactive as it is educational. My New Gender Workbook provides educators with tools to not only support transgender students but to promote allyship among their cisgender peers.

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#17 To Sir, With Love by E. R. Braithwaite

To Sir, With Love by E. R. Braithwaite
Published in 1959, To Sir, With Love is an autobiographical novel by E.R. Braithwaite and chronicles his experience at a school in London’s East End. Originally an engineer, Braithwaite is unable to get a job due to racism. Eventually, he applies for a teaching position and ends up teaching at Greenslade School. Initially, his students are unenthusiastic, unresponsive, and constantly try to demoralise and discourage him. However, he changes his approach and decides to start treating them like adults. Soon, he wins over his students and turns them into self-respecting teenagers who end up loving him. This book is a must-read for all teachers as it will inspire them to not only try out new approaches but also help them understand how they can change the lives of their students by persevering to do so.

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Contributors to this article
Stacy Caprio from Growth Marketing

Jessica Wertheim from Dearest, Inc.

Paul Stevens-Fulbrook from Teacherofsci

Francine Bray from Golden Quill Press

Kelsey Duran from BabySensei

Danny Kofke from WealthyTeacher

Beth Logan from Kozlog Tax Advisers

Ken Johnson from Johnson Institute Inc

Gail Daldy from LearnByChanceBooks

Alisha Billmen from Austin Macauley Publishers

Dr. Maria Anderson from Columbia University

Devanshi Jain from The Curious Reader

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