Since its inception last year, our Pinterest board ‘Great Books for Teachers’ have grown so much in popularity with more than 16k followers and over 170 pins. During 2015, we reviewed a number of interesting books covering different topics from project based learning to teachers professional development. Some of these titles have particularly generated so much buzz in our PLNs in social media websites. Below is a selection of some of the most popular books we have reviewed in 2015. Check them out if you haven’t already had the chance to see them. Enjoy
Self-development Books for Teachers
1- The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence , by Josh Witzkin2- Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning Hardcover , by Peter C. Brown (Author), Henry L. Roediger III (Author), Mark A. McDaniel (Author)3- Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard , by Chip Heath (Author), Dan Heath (Author)4- Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us , by Daniel H. Pink (Author)5- Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, by Simon Sinek (Author)6- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change ,by Stephen R. Covey (Author)
Books on Delivering Successful Presentations
1- Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery, by Garr Reynolds (Author)Confessions of a Public Speaker (English and English Edition, by Scott Berkun (Author)3- The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience, by Carmine Gallo (Author, Reader)4- Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds, by Carmine Gallo (Author, Reader)5- slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations 1st Edition, by Nancy Duarte (Author)
Books on Problem-based Learning
1- Problem-Based Learning: An Inquiry Approach by John F. Barell (Author)2- The Practice of Problem-Based Learning: A Guide to Implementing PBL in the College Classroom, by José A. Amador (Author), Libby Miles (Author), Calvin B. Peters (Author)3- Problem-based Learning: Welcome to the “Real World”: A Teaching Model for Adult Learners, by Dr. Wendy J. Flint 4- The Power of Problem-Based Learning, by Barbara J. Duch (Editor), Susan E. Groh (Editor), Deborah E. Allen (Editor)5- Problem-Based Learning for Math & Science: Integrating Inquiry and the Internet, by Diane L. Ronis (Author)
Books on 21st Century Literacies
1- New Literacies: Everyday Practices and Social Learning . By Colin Lankshear and Michele Knobel2- The New Literacies: Multiple Perspectives on Research and Practice. By Elizabeth A. Baker EdD (Editor), Donald J. Leu (Foreword)3- A New Literacies Reader: Educational Perspectives (New Literacies and Digital Epistemologies). By Colin Lankshear (Editor), Michele Knobel (Editor).4- What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media. By Scott McLeod (Editor), Chris Lehmann (Editor), David F. Warlick (Foreword)5- Literacy in the New Media Age (Literacies). By Gunther Kress (Author)6- Teaching with the Internet K-12: New Literacies for New Times. Donald J. Leu Jr. , Deborah Diadiun Leu , and Julie Coiro.7- Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century. By Henry Jenkins (Author), Ravi Purushotma (Contributor), Margaret Weigel (Contributor), Katie Clinton (Contributor), Alice J. Robison (Contributor)8- Handbook of Research on New Literacies. By Julie Coiro (Editor), Michele Knobel (Editor), Colin Lankshear (Editor), Donald J. Leu (Editor)9- New Literacies In Action: Teaching And Learning In Multiple Media. By William Kist (Author)10- The Anti-Education Era: Creating Smarter Students through Digital Learning. By James Paul Gee.
Books to Enhance Your Thinking
1- Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think by Brian Wansink2- Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by by Dan Heath, and Chip Heath.3- Influence: Science and Practice by Robert B, Cialdini4- Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Diec5- Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard H, Thaler and Cass R. Sustein.