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Summer reading isn’t just for students! With the school year coming to a close, teachers can finally take some extra time to catch up on some reading. Here are some great books for educators to read this summer. 

  1. 1. Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom by Sylvia Libow Martinez and Gary Stager

With the maker movement continuing to gain popularity, Invent to Learn provides some important insights into the maker movement and why students taking control of their learning by making is so effective. It also provides great advice on how to get your makerspace up and running, even with budget constrictions.

  1. 2. Why we Teach Now by Sonia Nieto

Sonia Nieto originally published Why we Teach in 2005; Why we Teach Now, published in 2014, shares even more thoughts, hopes, and desires from different teachers as classrooms and school policies continue to change and evolve.

  1. 3. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink

In this book, Pink points out that, for many people, money is their primary motivation. Along with money, fear of punishment and hope for reward should not be viewed as a motivating factor, either. There are many important points that translate not just for how teaching faculty should be motivated, but how teachers can motivate students as well.

  1. 4. Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World by Tony Wagner

In this thought-provoking book, Wagner attempts to answer the not-so-simple question, “how do we create innovators?” From examining the childhoods of different innovators like Kirk Phelps, product manager for Apple’s first iPhone, Wagner illustrates the importance of play, passion, and purpose.

  1. 5. Best Ideas for Teaching with Technology: A Practical Guide for Teachers, by Teachers by Thomas Daccord and Justin Reich

Incorporating illustrations and humor makes Best Ideas for Teaching with Technology a helpful and fun tool for technology novices and veterans alike. The chapters range from how to enhance teaching and learning with multimedia, to a thorough examination of class management tools. Enhancing Teaching and Learning with Multimedia to Class Management. As an added bonus, the book lists many helpful websites relevant to education.

  1. 6. Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools by Jonathan Kozel

Savage Inequalities explores the disparities between the nation’s wealthiest and poorest schools throughout the nation. Kozel discovers that the gap between wealthy and poor schools is continuing to widen, and that many urban schools do not even have enough classrooms for all of their students. Savage Inequalities serves as a great reminder that all students truly need access to the tools that will help them succeed.

  1. 7. Walking on Water: Reading, Writing and Revolution by Derrick Jensen

Many students discuss school as a place that they do not want to be. But why? How can teachers get their students to access their creative side, and keep their students from becoming clock-watchers waiting for the school day to end? In addition to discussing hands-on methods for teaching creative writing, Jensen also takes a hard look at today’s current school system.

  1. 8. Teaching and Learning STEM: A Practical Guide by Richard M. Felder and Rebecca Brent

Felder and Brent provide a great resource for both beginners and experienced teachers in STEM fields. Their book details how to design and teach STEM courses and assess students’ learning. It also discusses how to effectively use technology face-to-face, online, and in a flipped classroom.

  1. 9. Beyond the Hole in the Wall: Discover the Power of Self-Organized Learning by Sugata Mitra

In 1999, Sugata Mitra placed a computer in a hole in a wall of an underdeveloped area in New Delhi. Watching from a camera, Mitra witnessed children teaching themselves how to use the computer; they were also able to learn from watching one another use the device. Based on his findings, Mitra developed what is referred to as Self-Organizing Learning Environments, or SOLE. Beyond the Hole in the Wall delves into SOLE and how it looks in a classroom.

  1. 10. Teaching with Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids' Brains and What Schools Can Do About It by Eric Jensen

As Savage Inequalities shows, poverty has a devastating impact in schools, leading to a lack of necessary resources for students to achieve success. In his book, veteran educator and brain expert Eric Jensen examines not how poverty impacts resources, but the impact it can have on cognitive ability.

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