If you were starting out in the teaching profession what would be the top 3 books or teaching resources that you would want on your bookshelf?
What books do you recommend to young teachers that are just starting out in their career?
We recently conducted some research from the top educators in the U.S. and Canada about the teaching materials that have best prepared new graduates and teachers for their first five years of teaching.
Here are the results:
The overwhelming favorite was the The First-Year Teacher’s Survival Guide.
This bestselling teaching book is composed of two parts. Firstly, there are dozens of checklists for topics such as improving professionalism and dress. The latter part of the book basically outlines what new teachers should expect in their first few years of employment along with tips on lesson plan preparation.
This book has sold an astounding 3.3 million copies. It is on the bookshelf of teachers in over 100 countries.
The First Days of School is similar to the Survival Guide although the format and style are completely different.
Most teachers use The First Days of School to create a script for starting a class. The author is big on procedures to retain control of any classroom including how to increase the respect from your students.
The last book that was recommended for new educators was The Creative Teacher.
This resource is largely focused on activities for K-6 although some teachers find it useful for older students as well. This teaching resource has new spins on how to create assignments that are creative and fresh. The ideas are mainly centered on book reports, math, science, and writing assignments.
An example of an activity found in The Creative Teacher would be interviewing a character in a book rather than writing a traditional book report.
We are curious to hear what our 20,000 readers find are the most helpful resources for new educators.
We will post your recommendations on our website.