Education and teaching website TopMastersInEducation.com has published a list of the 50 Best Books for New Teachers. The list is a compilation of the books most recommended for new teachers by experienced teachers and principals. The goal is to provide new K-12 teachers with a ready-made list of books they can turn to for inspiration and guidance.
"With so many teachers leaving the profession after just 2-3 years on the job, it is critical that we all do our part to ensure that those who choose to devote their lives to educating our future generations receive the encouragement, support, and guidance they need to flourish and endure in this most vital profession," said J. Shane, Managing Editor for TopMastersInEducation.com. "This is just one more resource that new teachers can turn to for help."
Books on the list cover a broad range of subjects and styles, from pedagogical theory to practical how-to, novels to autobiography, history to classroom discipline, politics to reading, writing, and arithmetic. Titles in the "General Inspiration and How-To" category include The Courage to Teach by Parker J. Palmer, Jim Burke's Letters to a New Teacher, and What Great Teachers Do Differently by Todd Whitaker. In the "Fiction and Biography" category are well-known titles like Frank McCourt's (author of Angela's Ashes) memoir Teacher Man, as well as lesser-known but highly recommended titles like The Emergency Teacher by Christina Asquith. Listed under "Race, Poverty, and Social Justice" are classics like Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed as well as the relatively new, but rapidly becoming the standard text on the issue, A Framework for Understanding Poverty by Ruby Payne. Other categories on the list ("Theory, Politics, and History," "Motivation and Discipline," "Math and Reading," and "Self-Care") include a similar mix of old and new, well-known and lesser-known titles. What ties them all together is the high level of online recommendations by current and former teachers and principals.
The list of 50 Best Books for New Teachers can be viewed at http://www.topmastersineducation.com/50-best-books-for-new-teachers/ or by visiting the site's homepage.
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