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12 new books to read in 2019

Posted by Sarah Salmon on Wednesday, 3 July 2019
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We all know that educators are lifelong learners who are always looking for new skills, techniques and learning to improve their teaching skills and abilities.

In this current educational climate, the demands on your time are stretched to the max, so finding the time to read, let alone go out and find the books worth reading can be challenging.

We also know that not all educators are the same so having a choice is just as important to you. Combining personalised professional learning with innovative and creative concepts can keep teaching fun and engaging not just for the students but for you too.

Ranging in theme, style, interest and management strategies, we’ve done the hard work of seeking out the best of the best reading materials of 2019 so peruse our list and invest your time in something worthwhile.

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1. The Growth Mindset Coach: A Teacher's Month-by-Month Handbook for Empowering Students to Achieve
By Annie Brock

Bring growth mindset strategies into the classroom with this easy-to-follow guide for teachers to empower learning through grit and resilience.

Created by teacher for teachers, this is the ultimate guide to unleashing students' potential through creative lessons, empowering messages and innovative teaching. Studies show that growth mindsets result in higher test scores, improved grades and more in-class involvement. 

When your students understand that their intelligence is not limited, they succeed like never before. With the tools in this book, you can motivate your students to believe in themselves and achieve anything.

2. The Way of Mindful Education: Cultivating Well-Being in Teachers and Students
By Daniel Rechtschaffen

This manual - focused on implementation strategies - presents classroom vignettes and stories, new conceptual frameworks, and mindfulness-based lesson plans for teachers. Readers are given an understanding of how to cultivate mindful classroom dynamics, including the creation of spaces that kids enjoy being in.

Decades of research indicate the impressive benefits of mindfulness in social, emotional, and cognitive development, and as an antidote to emotional dis-regulation, attention deficits, and social difficulties.

This book invites teachers, administrators, and anyone else involved in education to take advantage of this vital tool and become purveyors of a mindful, compassionate, ethical, and effective way of teaching.

3. The Human Side of Changing Education: How to Lead Change with Clarity, Conviction and Courage
By Julie Margretta Wilson

When we ask schools to change, we are asking human beings to change and this requires special tools and a human-centred approach. This book shows how school leaders can change the heart of the system by enabling the hearts and minds of those who make schools work.

It also helps them make sense of challenging change journeys and accelerate implementation as well as understand why resistance is to be expected and how to get through it with this practical framework that includes human-centred tools, resources and mini case studies. Readers will discover three different kinds of change strategies and when to use each one.

4. Essential Questions: Opening Doors to Student Understanding
By Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins

What are "essential questions," and how do they differ from other kinds of questions? What's so great about them? Why should you design and use essential questions in your classroom?

Whether you are an Understanding by Design (UbD) devotee or are searching for ways to address teaching standards - in an engaging way, Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins provide practical guidance on how to design, initiate, and embed inquiry-based teaching and learning in your classroom. 

5. Live Well, Teach Well: A Practical Approach to Wellbeing that Works
By Abigail Mann

Stressed? Overworked? Drowning in marking? This book has it covered. In order to secure the best possible outcomes for your pupils, you must look after your own wellbeing, and Live Well, Teach Well is jam-packed with 90 practical ideas and strategies to help you do just that.

#Teacher5aday advocate Abigail Mann provides advice, activities, and techniques that any primary or secondary teacher can use to support their own mindfulness, wellbeing, and physical and mental health, and that of their colleagues too. 

6. The Google Infused Classroom: A Guidebook to Making Thinking Visible and Amplifying Student Voice
By Holly Clark & Tanya Avrith

Looking for ways to use technology in the classroom to improve learning outcomes and make lessons come alive?

This book is written for every teacher who wants to amplify teaching and learning in the classroom using powerful online tools that put learning first!

7. Building Mentoring Capacity in Teacher Education
By John E. Henning, Dianne M. Gut and Pamela C. Bean

This book is an instructional guide for designing and implementing mentoring programmes that support clinically-based teacher education.

Veteran teacher educatiors John E. Henning, Dianne M. Gut, and Pam C. Beam outline a developmental approach for supporting mentees as they grow in their careers from teacher candidates to early-career teachers and teacher leaders, including strategies for engaging, coaching, co-teaching, and encouraging reflection,

8. Whole Brain Teaching for Challenging Kids: Fast Track: Seven Steps to Teaching Heaven
By Chris Biffle

Discover easy to implement strategies that foster growth in academic talents and social skills, creative techniques that nourish character education and our latest, most powerful games for reforming Beloved Rascals.

For rich, vivid, frequently hilarious demonstrations of our methods, explore over 100 classroom videos, at YouTube/ChrisBiffle. What's Whole Brain Teaching? The only education reform movement with a sense of humour.

9. Positive Mindset Habits for Teachers: 10 Steps to Reduce Stress, Increase Student Engagement and Reignite Your Passion for Teaching
By Grace Stevens

Do you dream about increased student engagement and more effective classroom management? How about reducing teacher stress and overwhelm? Or leaving campus at a reasonable hour without dragging a trolley full of lesson planning and papers to grade in tow?

Based on current research in positive psychology and more than 15 years "real world" experience in the classroom, this book provides a practical roadmap to reduce stress, improve student behaviour and be happier in your classroom and your life.

A quick read in a conversational tone, this book will put a smile on your face and laughter back in your classroom - two critical element for teacher fufilment and student success.

10. Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators
By Elena Aguilar

A practical framework to avoid burnout and keep great teachers, Onward tackles the problem of educator stress, and provides a practical framework for taking the burnout out of teaching.

This book offers a path to resiliency to help teachers weather the storms and bounce back - and work toward banishing the rain for good. This actionable framework gives you concrete steps toward rediscovering yourself, your energy, and your passion for teaching.

11. Closing the Vocabulary Gap
By Alex Quigley

As teachers grapple with the challenge of a new, bigger and more challenging school curriculum, at every key stage and phase, success can feel beyond our reach. But what if there were 50,000 small solutions to help us bridge that gap?

In Closing the Vocabulary Gap, the author explores the increased demands of an academic curriculum and how closing the vocabulary gap between our 'word poor' and 'word rich' students could prove the vital difference between school failure and success.

This must-read book presents the case for teacher-led efforts to develop students' vocabulary and provides practical solutions for teachers across the curriculum, incorporating easy-to-use tools, resources and classroom activities.

12. Making Every Lesson Count: Six Principles to Support Teaching and Learning
By Shaun Allison

This award-winning titles has now inspired a whole series of books. Each of the books in the series are held together by six pedagogical principles challenge, explanation, modelling, practice, feedback and questioning and provide simple, realistic strategies that teachers can use to develop the teaching and learning in their classroom.

Making Every Lesson Count offers an evidence-informed alternative to restrictive Ofsted-driven definitions of great teaching, empowering teachers to deliver great lessons and celebrate high-quality practice. 

Suitable for all teachers including trainee teachers, NQTs, and experienced teachers who want quick and easy ways to enhance their practice and make every lesson count. 


About our Author


Sarah Salmon

Digital Marketing Executive

With a background in social media management and editorial writing for jewellery and gemological education, Sarah is the Digital Marketing Executive at Opogo.

Sarah has extensive experience in facilitating the sourcing of industry research, editing copy, writing web content and utilising social media to secure an ever-growing social audience.

Sarah is the voice of Opogo across all our social channels.

Topics: Teacher development


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