Saturday, October 7, 2017

Favorite Education Books

Writing about my favorite education books is a tall order ... I love to read, and I especially love to read about education topics.

Here are a few of my favorites ... books that stay close by ... books that are ear-marked with sticky notes!

The Strategic Teacher: Selecting the Right Research-Based Strategy for Every Lesson by Silver,
Strong, and Perini
The subtitle ... selecting the right research-based strategy ... is why I like this book. I like the study of strategies and like knowing that lessons can be improved by using strategic structures. I wrote about using this book for lesson planning here, here, and here!

Total Participation Techniques: Making Every Student an Active Learner by Himmele and Himmele
Again ... it's the subtitle that caught my eye ... I want every student to be an active learner. In this book there are numerous structures for class activities, for getting students to participate! I wrote about ideas from this book here!

Teaching Numeracy: 9 Critical Habits to Ignite Mathematical Thinking by Pearse and Walton
Can I say it again ... the subtitle ... igniting mathematical thinking!  YES!  The authors make the connection between elementary reading strategies and math ... applying those strategies to mathematical thinking. While this book says it is written for K - 8, there are applications for secondary math teachers. I wrote about the critical habits in several posts ... you can find the posts here!

I've mentioned my favorite books on questions, questioning in more than one blog post. Here is that list:
  • Good Questions for Math Teaching: Why Ask Them and What to Ask, K-6 by Sullivan and Lilburn
  • Good Questions for Math Teaching, Grades 5-8: Why Ask Them and What to Ask by Anderson and Schuster
  • Good Questions: Great Ways to Differentiate Mathematics Instruction by Marian Small
  • More Good Questions: Great Ways to Differentiate Secondary Mathematics Instruction by Small and Lin
For inspiration, I read Teaching with Heart: Poetry that Speaks to the Courage to Teach by Intrator and Scribner.

Last I love picture books. These are not necessarily "education" books but they help me wrap my head around the simplicity and beauty of math. Picture books are great for introducing lessons. I've catalogued a number of books on this Pinterest page. Here are a few specific favorites!

I look forward to reading about everyone else's favorite education books!


  1. Thanks for this great selection of the books. I have always considered Math subjects to be the hardest ones. That’s why, I think that they need additional offer to master. So, I applaud you for listing these great books here and I a thank you for sharing them with the rest of the teachers. I would also like to know whether the author would have to say about the ordering with Essay Online Store and whether it would be recommended to use to the students for developing their writing skills.