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Five books every teacher should read

Updated: May 11, 2022

There is always room to expand your mind as a teacher and one way is through diving into a good book.

From self-development to career progression to practical classroom tips, there are thousands of books out there to help you. We have picked out a few to get you started!

Teacher Toolkit: Helping You Survive Your First Five Years by Ross Morrison McGill

Starting a teaching career can be scary. In fact, some people quickly realise teaching is not the path for them and exit the sector. Thankfully, there is a book out there to get you through the initial struggle of entering an all-new environment, handling classes and worrying about the quality of your lessons.

McGill, the man behind the amazing online teaching resource Teacher Toolkit, shares from his own experiences as a teacher in addition to providing sound advice for those just starting out. Read all at once or dip into the relevant chapters as and when you need!

Teaching When the World Is on Fire by Lisa Delpit

As you will have noticed, we are living in a period of tragedy and rapid change. So the question arises of how does one approach teaching in a time like this?

In this book, we learn ways in which we help our students engage with everything they see in the news, from politics to climate change.

Teach Like a PIRATE: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator by Dave Burgess

We all want to boost our students’ engagement with learning material and this book might just have the solutions.

PIRATE teaching is the act of leading the classroom with passion, immersion, rapport, asking and analysis, transformation, and enthusiasm. Have this in your bookshelf and you will have countless go-to activities and brainstorming exercises within reach as and when you need them. In turn, get ready for your passion for teaching to be reignited.

Love to Teach: Research And Resources For Every Classroom by Kate Jones

Read an insightful guide to bringing education research into your own teaching.

Packed with ideas to expand your classroom approaches, this book contains research-backed teaching strategies that can be adapted for the young learner classroom right up to the secondary school one and can inform educational leaders of what they can bring to a modern learning environment.

An Educator's Guide to STEAM: Engaging Students Using Real-World Problems by Cassie F. Quigley and Danielle Herro

STEAM refers to the modern teaching technique of combining multiple disciplines, namely science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics in order to broaden learners’ growth and aspirations, and it is one that is being adopted by schools worldwide.

In this book, you will pick up the skills of integrating STEAM content, curating an appropriate teaching environment for STEAM lessons and helping students connect STEAM learning to their real-world experiences.

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