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What’s on Your Reading List? The Top 5 Books You Should Add.
posted by: Melissa | April 03, 2013, 07:14 PM   

As a teacher, your life is often busy, and so you might be tempted to read books that offer an escape from the hustle and bustle of life in a classroom. A well-chosen book, though, can not only give you new ideas, but inspire as well. Below is a list of what we at AAE think are the most inspiring books for teachers released in the past year – providing both inspiration and a new way to look at your practice. Consider adding them to your reading list.

How_children_succeedHow Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough."How Children Succeed" introduces us to a new generation of scientists and educators who are radically changing our understanding of how children develop character, how they learn to think, and how they overcome adversity. It argues for a new way of thinking about how best to steer an individual child – or a whole generation of children – toward a successful future.

Id_Like_to_ApologizeI'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High
by Tony Danza. I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had is television, screen and stage star Tony Danza's absorbing account of a year spent teaching tenth-grade English at Northeast High -- – Philadelphia's largest high school with 3600 students. Entering Northeast's crowded halls in September of 2009, Tony found his way to a classroom filled with twenty-six students who were determined not to cut him any slack.

Pathways_to_Common_CorePathways to the Common Core: Accelerating Achievement by Lucy Calkins, Mary Ehrenworth, and Christopher Lehman. Designed for teachers, school leaders, and professional learning communities looking to navigate the gap between their current literacy practices and the ideals of the Common Core, Pathways to the Common Core will help you, understand what the standards say, suggest, and what they don't say; recognize the guiding principles that underpin the standards; and scrutinize the context in which the CCSS were written and are being unrolled.

The_One_World_School_HouseThe One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined by Salman Khan. A free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere: this is the goal of the Khan Academy, a passion project that grew from Salman Khan's online tutoring sessions into a worldwide phenomenon. His core idea, liberating teachers from lecturing and state-mandated calendars and opening up class time for truly human interaction, has become his life's passion. Khan explains why a return to "mastery learning" could offer the best opportunity to level the playing field, and to give all of our children a world-class education.

Creating_InnovatorsCreating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World by Tony Wagner. Play, passion, and purpose: These are the forces that drive young innovators. Wagner shows how we can apply this knowledge as educators. The result is a timely, provocative, and inspiring manifesto that will change how we look at our schools and workplaces, and provide us with a road map for creating the change makers of tomorrow.

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