This is a list of books that have in some way impacted my teaching career in some way. Some in the way I interact with students, some in overall philosophy, others in how I look at myself.
I am always looking for more books; if you have a suggestion, please contact me with the title!
A Framework for Understanding Poverty by Ruby K. Payne
This book changed my life. The first four years of my teaching career were in an alternative high school, and my principal lent me this book during my first year. It goes into the “poverty mindset”, which absolutely revolutionized the way I taught from that moment on. I finally understood some of the behavior of my students. This book covers a lot of territory: how living in poverty affects speaking registers, saving money, interpreting social cues and so much more. This is a must read for anyone teaching, regardless of school type, because it helped me deal more effectively with people in general. [It also shed light on my relationship with my boyfriend at the time, but that’s a story for another blog.]