1. Chip Wood's Yardsticks: (Great Resource Book)
Anyone who is teaching/raising kids ages 4-14 needs to read this book! It's a go to resource that I look through pretty often! Great in terms of children's development and getting a sense of what you might expect socially, emotionally, along with appropriate curriculum ideas for each age group. Of course, differentiation is key, and each kid will fall along the continuum in each category, but I've just found it to be helpful in my planning, curriculum development, and in conferences with parents!
2. Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish's How To Talk So Kids Can Learn: (Great tips!)
I've found this book to be incredibly helpful over the years. I've become fascinated with the language we use, or often don't use enough of, in classrooms and how this directly impacts relationships, safety, and learning.
3. Responsive Classroom's First Six Weeks of School: (Helpful guide)
I picked this book up a few years into my teaching career and loved it. I've also had the opportunity to train in levels 1 and 2 of Responsive Classroom and have incorporated the morning meeting strategies and many of the other tools in my classroom. While I initially was moved by Harry Wong's The First Days of School (and I appreciated all I gathered from that book), I found this book to be quite helpful when it came to planning out my year at the beginning. I actually highly recommend several of the Responsive Classroom books - but would suggest a training to get a better sense of the program and to utilize the philosophy as intended.
4. Debbie Silver's Drumming to the Beat of Different Marchers: (Uplifting viewpoint)
I loved this book - it's an easy read - with lovely poems sprinkled in. If you find yourself frustrated and want to be uplifted, or you're searching for some lovely ideas to love on each kid and find ways to differentiate your instruction, this is a definite go to!
5. William Glasser's Choice Theory: (Great read on behavior)
I appreciate this book as a lot of my own classroom management strategies stem from a few of his core tenants, such as: the only behavior we can control is our own. This may not immediately jump out as an educational book, but I include it here as we often get sucked into reading just in our own 'educational' books. It's important to look at psychology, business, arts, science, and books in all fields really, to find the connections to our own work. While I don't agree with all of Glasser's points, and even question a few of his bold statements, I found this to be an interesting read and one that I often think about when it comes to classroom management.
What are some of your favorite books?