And just like that, August has come and gone! Let me tell you friends, there was a lot on my plate last month – August was a big one for me and my team. On August 1st I launched my second book co-authored with my Laurie Mac called Teachers These Days, my team threw us the best surprise party to celebrate the launch, AND we held our fifth annual RELIT event for educators.
I’m sensing a little bit of an educator theme here, aren’t you?! What better way to step back in and continue the love I have for educators than to share with you some of my favourite books written by educators:
I mean, I had to put my own book on the list, right!? This new read is written by yours truly and my most favourite Kindergarten teacher, Laurie McIntosh. Teachers These Days is for those who need a place to land when they want to be reminded that, simply by the choice of their profession, they are a powerful force in shaping our world.
This read by John Spencer and A.J. Juliani is about our opportunity as parents, teachers and leaders to be the guide in our children’s education. In a world that is ever changing, our job is not to prepare students for something; instead, our role is to help students prepare themselves for anything.
My friend and author George Couros encourages teachers and administrators to empower their students to become forward-thinking leaders. How do we do this, you ask? If we want innovative students, we have to have innovative educators. If you need a resource to help empower your staff, this is the book for you!
Lanesha Tabb and Naomi O’Brien deliver a profound message of teaching a culture-centred curriculum to their students, and ditching problematic lesson plans. Unpack Your Impact shows that primary teachers can make a positive impact – individually and globally.
One of Laurie McIntosh’s favourite reads, Gholdy Muhammad provides a four layered framework for culturally and historically responsive literacy. Those who read this book will learn how to redesign their learning goals, lesson plans and the texts they use to teach as well as understand new cognitive, sociocultural and critical and sociohistorical theories.
As we step into September and another school year full of uncertainty, remember friends: your number one plan should be to connect and build relationships. Step back in ready to open your heart to learning, and sharing different perspectives. It’s what the world needs. Xo.