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Summer was made for reading. As educators, it can be hard to find ways to both relax during the summer, and work on growth and development. This is where some great books can step in and liven up your teaching practice even as you sip lemonade by the pool.

Here is a round-up of 5 books to inspire and enliven your teaching practice:

I cannot begin this list without Malala. Her dedication to and inspiration for education is unmatched. Her fearlessness in the face of persecution and even death cannot be overstated. If you haven’t read her story, you are in for a treat.

Also, check out her appearance on the Daily Show. You can’t walk away without a renewed dedication in your step.

The result of a decade of research, this book looks at education from the perspective of the learner. There is no learning in a vacuum, so this book looks at the three circles of influence over students: their private world of previous experiences, their social group, and the public world of the teacher.

Major themes include: connections to big questions, learning that is fully immersive and engaging, and the incredibly important connections to the private and social world of the student.

The data was collected through interviews, videos, and extensive classroom experience. Enjoy this capstone of Nuthall’s work and put it to good use!

Even though a significant portion of the world is defined as introverted, the model of the extrovert is what is used for classrooms, workplaces, and what we imagine success to look like. This is the premise of the book, and it also walks the reader through reorienting their understanding of what introverts need, and how they thrive.

As a teacher, this is essential information in order to get inside the mind of their students, and make them feel comfortable and safe enough to truly engage in learning.

“After decades of research, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset. In this brilliant book, she shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities.”

According to this book, a huge difference between learners who grow and develop and learners who do not believe that their potential is fixed are much more able to flourish. The distinctions between a “growth mindset” and a “fixed mindset” are elaborated upon and will give you insight into your students.

If you or your school have not had an evaluation discussion about the efficacy of homework, you must read this book. An unending burden for both teachers and students, homework has long been a cornerstone of education. Yet, what do we know about its efficacy, and are we putting those truths into practice?

This book makes certain that evidence is driving the charge.

Working smarter, not harder, is the goal—and what is better than that to read about on summer vacation?

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