27 Inspiring Books for Educators to Ignite Their Passion and Creativity

The role of an educator is a vital one in shaping the minds of the future. However, it is influential for educators to also invest in their personal and professional development to remain motivated and inspired. Here is a list of 27 inspiring books for educators that every teacher should consider adding to their reading list.

1. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck

2. The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life by Parker J. Palmer

3. Teach Like a Pirate: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator by Dave Burgess

4. The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation by Elena Aguilar

5. Visible Learning for Teachers: Maximizing Impact on Learning by John Hattie

6. Teaching with Love & Logic: Taking Control of the Classroom by Fay Jim and David Funk

7. The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher by Harry K. Wong and Rosemary T. Wong

8. Honey, I Shrunk the Classroom: How Innovative Technologies Are Transforming Education by Will Richardson

9. Professional Capital: Transforming Teaching in Every School by Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan

10. Differentiated Instruction: A Guide for Elementary Teachersby Rebecca Laroche

11. Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire

12. Understanding by Design by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe

13. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink

14. The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession by Dana Goldstein

15. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

16. Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Scott

17. Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull

18. The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined by Salman Khan

19. Mindfulness for Teachers: Simple Skills for Peace and Productivity in the Classroom by Patricia A. Jennings

20. The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

21. Better Than Carrots or Sticks: Restorative Practices for Positive Classroom Management by Dominique Smith, Douglas Fisher, and Nancy Frey

22. Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics: Fostering a Learning Culture that Encourages Inquiry, Collaboration, and Deep Understanding by Peter Liljedahl

23. Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek

24. The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity by George Couros

25. Teach Like a Champion 2.0: 62 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College by Doug Lemov

26. Becoming a Literacy Leader: Supporting Learning and Change by Jennifer Allen

27. Teach Boldly! Using Edtech for Social Good by Jennifer Williams

These inspiring books cover a wide range of topics – from mindset, motivation, innovation, professional development to classroom management techniques – that will help educators take their teaching practices to new heights and create engaging learning environments for their students. Happy reading!

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