Five books Every Teacher Should Read


Amidst a plethora of books available, there are some books which not only every teacher should read but will prove equally intriguing for students as well.

Why Don’t Students Like School? by Daniel Willingham

A central claim in this book is that while we are naturally curious, we are not naturally good at thinking and can only truly think about things we know.

The Hidden Lives of Learners by Graham Nuthall

For Nuthall, three worlds exist in the classroom. First, the public world that is largely managed by the teacher and features easily-visible lesson activities and routines. Second, there is the “semi-private world of ongoing peer relationships” in which students foster and maintain social roles in the classroom. Last, there is the private world of the student’s own mind where learning actually takes. This book peels back the layers of those worlds and reveals many surprising findings.

Trivium 21c by Martin Robinson

If you are eager to know what should happen in schools, this book has it all. Drawing on the classical triumvirate of grammar, rhetoric and dialectic, Robinson extends a model of education he wishes to see for his daughter.

Embedded Formative Assessment by Dylan Wiliam

Formative assessment is perhaps the idea which is more popular in schools today, and possibly the most misunderstood as well. In this book, the author sets out the core principles of effective assessment but crucially applies them to classroom with highly pragmatic examples.

Seven Myths About Education by Daisy Christodoulou

In this book several orthodoxies in education such as the claim that teacher-led instruction is passive, why you cannot just look it up on google, and prioritizing skills over knowledge have been discussed.