Great Books for Educator Book Studies
Great Books for Educator Book Studies
PUBLISHED: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 by Andilynn Feddeler

Finding new ideas and resources to implement in the classroom can be a daunting task, especially for educators who take on the search alone. That’s why teachers everywhere are teaming up for group book studies, where they read separately and rejoin to discuss, or study the book together. These groups are perfect for teachers who want to explore new ideas and work on professional development with input from other educators. Not every text lends itself to group learning, but the following books are great for book groups and individual reading over the summer. Some even have discussion and reflection questions at the end of each chapter!

  • Mindsets in the Classroom provides educators with ideas for ways to build a growth mindset school culture, wherein students are challenged to change their thinking about their abilities and potential. The book presents ways to build perseverance and resilience and includes application to Makerspaces, instructional coaching, grading, and more! With this book’s easy-to-follow advice, tasks, and strategies, teachers can grow a love of learning in their students. Chapters feature call-out boxes for key terms, informative graphics, lists of additional resources, and more.

  • Genius Hour. Students will experience personalized learning through these self-driven projects, application of standards and real-world skills, and opportunities to learn through failure and reflection. The book includes handouts, suggested online resources, and tips and tricks to make the Genius Hour process meaningful for students and manageable for educators, as well as a discussion of Genius Hour’s importance and impact on gifted students as they take ownership of their own learning. Each chapter includes a big idea or major takeaway and reflection questions to spark ideas and conversation.

  • A Meaningful Mess offers suggestions and specific tools that can be used to engage this generation of students in meaningful, relevant, and student-driven learning experiences—even if things in the classroom may get messy! Packed with relevant evidence and research, A Meaningful Mess helps teachers understand why traditional teaching strategies are no longer working and what they can do to engage and empower this generation of learners. Chapters feature reflection questions throughout and space to take notes.

  • Makerspaces in School. Organized into an easy-to-follow, month-by-month plan for implementation, this book provides field-tested and research-based knowledge that will serve educators as they create and maintain a meaningful Makerspace. This book will allow any educator to walk away with a plan to create a Makerspace in his or her classroom or a school- or districtwide model that works for many. Each chapter includes learning targets and planning and reflection pages.

  • Grit in the Classroom assists educators in creating a learning environment that fosters grit development for all students, regardless of ability. Each chapter includes stories to illustrate the research, and the book provides a rationale for cultivating grit in the classroom with the goal of propelling this topic into discussions of building passion and talent in today’s students. The end of each chapter includes discussion questions to build deep understanding.

Browse our catalog of professional learning titles for even more great teaching ideas.