Last week, I was informed that one of the places I will be going to in a couple weeks will be the new teacher orientation. So, we get to meet the new teachers for a very small time and then see them in their classroom later in the year. I am not so sure how that is going to work out. However, I want to leave the new teachers with a little something to look at when they go home.
Teaching today is certainly different than when I started. There isn’t much I remember about year one, except that I was stressed and doing what I could to keep my head above water. I have read a lot over the course of the past few years and have some suggested readings for teachers who are new or relatively new to the profession.
- The must read for every educator, but especially a new teacher is George Couros’ The Innovator’s Mindset. So much of what Couros talks about is empowering teachers. Sometimes, the greatest innovation happens within the box, and not necessarily inside the box thinking.
- Total Participation Techniques: Making Every Student An Active Learner by Himmele and Himmele. This is a book has some of the most useful information engaging all students at all levels. These TPTs are useful for teachers of all experience levels, but even better for those just starting out in education. Stand and deliver is not where it is at.
- Hacking Engagement provides 50 strategies to help teachers build a classroom where students will be highly engaged in the classroom. These are techniques that can be started on day 1.
- Teach Like a Pirate: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life As An Educator. I saw Dave Burgess speak at NCSS 2013 and was immediately blown away by his energy and passion. Every teacher has the capacity to turn their classroom into an amazing learning experience and opportunity to engage students on a whole new level. Make your classroom the one they race to.
- Your First Year: How To Survive and Thrive as a New Teacher by Todd Whitaker, Katherine Whitaker and Madeline Whitaker. Todd Whitaker is an outstanding author, who again offers up practical advice for getting through the first year as a teacher. Utilizing the experiences of his own daughters, Todd weaves stories from elementary and secondary levels. From classroom management to staying focused on what is important, this book could be a lifesaver.