Winter break is a much-needed time away from school, not only for students but also for teachers. It’s a chance to get away from the grind, spend time with friends and family, and reset mentally for the second half of the school year.
If you’re like many teachers, you’ll spend winter break reading. Below are 10 must-read books for teachers this year to help you better understand your students and finish the year strong.
Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World by Don Tapscott
In Grown Up Digital, the author tackles what he calls the N-Generation, kids who have grown up with internet access their entire lives. He discusses how they approach technology and how they will eventually leave their parents, and their teachers, in the dust when it comes to technology.
Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
This book isn’t about teaching specifically, but it is about lifelong friendship which any teacher can relate to. This book has a wonderful heart. It will remind you of your own friendships and help you connect with the friendships you’re students are currently building in their lives. Look for this book on Netflix soon!
Shifting the Balance by Jan Burkins and Kari Yates
Is your school introducing the “Science of Reading” to English and literature classrooms? This book will help you better understand the “Science of Reading” and how you can use it to help your students.
Teacher Misery by Jane Morris
Every teacher has their share of crazy stories about students and parents. You probably have a few of your own. This book reads like a group of teachers sharing their stories in the breakroom. Get this one today to enjoy a few laughs over winter break.
Happy Teachers Change the World by Thich Nat Hanh and Katherine Weare
Want to come back to school in January with a more positive mindset. This book about mindfulness will help you develop a positive outlook and give you strategies to overcome challenges.
Positive Mindset Habits for Teachers by Grace Stevens
Yes, another book about positivity. But, hey, it’s tough out there for teachers right now. This book outlines a 10-step process for staying positive, dealing with challenges and hurdles in a way that doesn’t induce stress, and generally maintaining your sanity. Check it out over break!
Guided Math Amped by Reagan Tunstell
Looking for a tactical book that you can apply directly to your lesson plans? Look no further than Guided Math Amped which offers a step-by-step guide to overhauling your math block and getting better results from your students.
A Repair Kit for Grading: 15 Fixes for Broken Grades by Ken O’Connor
This oldie-but-goodie is more relevant than ever. With unlimited opportunities for makeup work, extra credit, and flexible deadlines, now is a great time to ask whether grades really reflect a student’s understanding of a subject. The author offers 15 strategies to help your students get good grades and actually comprehend the material.
Take time over winter break to relax and enjoy yourself. And load up on books today so you can catch up on your reading.