10 Best Books About Teachers Update 05/2022

Books About Teachers

As the new school year starts, here is some of the best reading about this difficult subject, from Plato to Shakespeare and more.

As a rule, I try not to read blogs or books about how to teach. Often, they are full of “strategies,” whine about Ofsted, and show teachers with their heads on piles of marking. It hasn’t changed much since the 1960s when George Dennison said, “Everything, in short, but the one true object of all this activity: the children themselves.” The problem with educational writing is the same as the problem with the profession itself.

My book, Secret Teacher: Dispatches from the Classroom, is a mix of stories from my time as a teacher in an inner-city state school. It has many of the same complaints: government interference, data obsession, the end of humanism, and so on. It also marks. As a side note, I also wanted to show the things that fight against this soulless technocracy: the joy of teaching kids who are excited and funny; humanity; the passing on of something infinite;

As an English teacher, this list is not afraid to be literary. “The Golden Notebook” by Doris Lessing is worth mentioning in this context. In the preface to the 1971 edition, Lessing says that “ideally, what should be said to every child, over and over again, throughout his or her school life is something like this: ‘You are being indoctrinated.'” In the past, we haven’t come up with a way to teach that isn’t a way to indoctrinate people. It is the best we can do.

The Lives of Children by George Dennison

The Lives of Children by George Dennison

In 1969, George Dennison wrote a book about how he set up the First Street school on the Lower East Side of New York City. This was a “free school” in the truest sense. It was infused with the radical ideas of AS Neill, John Dewey, and Leo Tolstoy. He and his colleagues taught 23 kids from low-income families and many of them had behavioral problems. They were written about with tenderness and humanity by a writer who was graceful and elegant in the old-fashioned way of writing in the United States. All the kids read, take the bus and go to a baseball game. They say bad things about each other and fight. They also learn and grow. Makes me want to be a teacher.

Stoner by John Williams

It’s another piece of American literature that people love. This exquisitely sad book was a surprise bestseller in 2013, 50 years after it was written. William Stoner is a boy who grew up on a farm and fell in love with books. He became an academic at the University of Missouri. Williams talks about how literature can change people, how it can keep the outside world out, and how departmental infighting is something that all teachers can identify with. People who were teachers were “just a man to whom his book was true, to whom was given a dignity in the arts, which had no connection with his foolishness or weakness as a man.”

To Sir With Love by ER Braithwaite

An autobiographical book about a classically-educated West Indian who moves to the East End of London to become a teacher of “peasants.” Sidney Poitier played the role with great dignity in the 1967 film. Like Dennison, Braithwaite takes a very different approach. He treats the kids as people and leads them out into the world. “Hate virus”: The kids get rid of racism and learn how to treat their teacher with respect Sir: “O God, forgive me for the hateful thoughts because I love them, these brutish, disarming bastards. I love them.”

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

This is another teacher who is dedicated to education in the Latin sense of the word. In 1930s Edinburgh, Miss Brodie, a teacher from the Dead Poets school, is a cult-like person who thinks she has been chosen. She teaches six girls art history, the classics, fascism, and adultery. “Give me a girl when she’s young, and I’ll have her for life.”

The Tempest by William Shakespeare

It’s up to Prospero to rule the island with his “powerful art.” However, as Ariel, Miranda, and Caliban test his magic, his fathering skills, and his colonial heritage, he suffers the frustrations and inadequacies of a teacher, and he has to deal with them. It says: “You taught me language, and I learned how to curse because of it.”

Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America by Paul Tough

A portrait of the architect of the Harlem Children’s Zone, a New York school for kids who aren’t getting enough help. The book is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand how to deal with the growing inequality in our cities and how to do that. The film Waiting for Superman has one of the most disgusting scenes about education. It shows kids watching the official draw to see where they’ll go to school, which is one of the worst things about education. If you are one of the few people who get sent to a school like Canada’s, you have a chance at a better life.

Plato’s Republic

Plato’s Republic

It should be the same for both men and women: they should learn about wisdom, courage, justice, and temperance. This is Socrates’ ideal curriculum. It also helps to do PE, which will keep you from getting sick and weak, It takes a long time for philosopher-kings to get more education in “goodness.” They get military training, 10 years of schooling in math, math, and more math. They also learn about astronomy, music, and “dialectic” training for 5 years, and then spend 15 years as teachers, leading people out of the cave of illusion into the light. At 50, they finally get their PhDs.

Creative Schools by Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica

His videos on creativity in schools are some of the most popular on the internet. Robinson is the avuncular guru of creativity in schools, and his videos are some of the most popular on the internet. In this book, Robinson explains why he thinks the industrialized way of teaching is bad for kids. He says that collaboration, creativity, and personalized education are the only way to prepare them for a future economy that we can’t predict.

Seven Myths of Education by Daisy Christodoulou

The pendulum has swung back to Gradgrind once again. Christodoulou says that the progressive, collaborative teaching methods that Ofsted likes aren’t very good at teaching content or knowledge. Facts and “drilling” should be back in the classroom. This kind of education does not stifle creativity; in fact, we need to be limited in order to grow. William Shakespeare learned Latin, Greek, and history by rote, in what today would be called sterile memorization drills. His plays, which are full of blazing invention, show that the well-prepared mind is more likely to find new things.

Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov

Forty-nine effective ways to help new teachers manage their classrooms well. As long as the department is worth its salt, it has a copy of this book. Teachers can look through it during their free time to come up with an idea for the next lesson.

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