The following are a few books I have read (and reread) that I have applied to teaching, professional development, and activities for my students. If you are looking for some professional development reads, consider sitting down with one (or all) of these books and thinking about how you too, can apply it to your profession.
The Culture of Fear: Why Americans are Afraid of the Wrong Things by Barry Glassner discusses how we, as Americans, are taught to be afraid of things that pose little, if any, risk to us. As teachers, so much is tossed in our face by the media and politicians that it brings to light the power of fear mongering in education. I ask you to consider: what is the culture of fear for teachers in education? Is it SGO’s, parents, or evaluations? What about for students? Is it grades, parents (again), college, or friends? An interesting read to say the least.
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie covers how to improve your relationship and influence with others. I picked this up on recommendation from Chris Aviles (@techedupteacher) and boy do I like this one. Simple in nature but broad in scope. It does a nice job of simply stating how to deal with people. A lot I took away for classroom application. Build relationships with your students. Then they will better learn from you.
Make Just One Change by Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana became the basis for how I revamped my lessons and units. It shows the importance that should be placed on essential questions and why it is important to have your students formulate, as well as answer, these questions. This book does a nice job of showing you how it can be applied to the classroom and the process for which students can learn to create these questions.
The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century by Thomas Friedman recounts many changes that have taken place in our history, with a focus on globalization and how that affects the globe. The big take away is how we can (and must) adapt. This is a great skill and great assignment for students and graduating seniors to look into. I can think of many applications to the classroom.
I hope these reads come in handy! Let me know your thoughts and if you want to collaborate on classroom applications I am all ears!