Books Teachers Need to Read in 2019

Books Teachers Need to Read in 2019

 Must-Read Books for you and your class in 2019!

We hope all of our lovely readers are enjoying your first week or so back in work or school, and have plenty to look forward to this term! A big part of New Year for many is the dreaded Resolution we all force ourselves to do for a week or so before giving up again – trust me, we all do it!

If your resolution was to dust off those reading glasses and get back in to your books, we have just the list of must-read books to see you through the first half of the year. We’ve listed one book a month until June Рyou can thank us later.

We’ll be releasing another list of in June to take you all the way up to 2020 (scary, we know!)


The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing


Another resolution that some teacher might also be tackling in the new year is trying stay more organised in the classroom. Marie Kondo, a Japanese cleaning consultant takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. This book is above and beyond when it comes to self help books.

Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. 

Students need clarity, organisation, and certainty from the learning environments they inhabit, otherwise they may lose focus. They may need to be steered towards the task, and a clean, tidy, and organised room is an important step to achieve it. 



Making Every Lesson Count: Six principles to support teaching and learning

This short book by Shaun Allison and Andy Tharby provides readers with simple principles of good teaching and examples of how they can be applied to your classroom. This easily readable book  on teaching and learning is useful and accessible for pretty much every teacher. The book synthesises a selection of great ideas and sound evidence from around the educational world and combines it into usable knowledge for busy teachers.

Making every lesson count’ should help new and experienced teachers to do just that. It offers practical advice on how¬†we can focus on “simple truths” in order to ensure that great teaching leads to genuine learning. Drawing on what research evidence suggests, what they have learnt from inspirational colleagues and, most importantly, from their own practice as serving teachers, Shaun and Andy offer a carefully structured analysis of how teachers and school leaders can create a climate within which excellence and growth will take root and flourish. I’d recommend this to anyone who is committed to being their best within the classroom.‘ – Jill Berry Former head, now education consultant


Closing the Vocabulary Gap

This book is recommended for teachers at any phase in their teaching career. Students need to know about 50,000 words to thrive in school and beyond – and the notorious “word gap” of children from disadvantaged backgrounds has long been noted.

Alex Quigley, director of Huntington Research School address’ this problem by sharing¬†insights on how to best address word poverty in the classroom, with the aim of allowing all children access to an ambitious curriculum.¬†This book offers a great overview of the research on learning vocabulary, and practical advice on how to apply this research in the classroom.

Reading and oracy must go hand in hand, Quigley says. His guide offers a mixture of research findings, case studies and practical suggestions for the classroom that can be used across different subjects and phases.

“A key strength of this book is that it summarises research evidence for teachers, providing a primer on vocabulary, morphology, etymology, phonics, reading comprehension strategies and much more. In addition to being instructive, it provides flexible frameworks so teachers can develop materials, activities and assessments that will meet their needs, and those of their students. The book is essential reading for any teacher hoping to raise levels of vocabulary, reading and writing.”‚Ä쬆¬†Dr Jessie Ricketts, TES


 Live Well, Teach Well: A Practical Approach to Wellbeing that Works

Abigail Mann provides advice, activities and techniques that any primary or secondary teacher can use to support their own mindfulness, well-being and physical and mental health, as well as that of their colleagues. Abigail Mann is also an advocate for #Teacher5aday which is the ‚Äò5 Steps to Wellbeing’ #teacher5aday is aimed at both school staff and pupil well-being but is also relevant to any career. The main message: take time to look after yourself and your well-being by¬†connecting,¬†exercising,¬†noticing,¬†learning¬†and¬†giving. After all, you can only do your best if you are feeling at your best.

Structured as 90 short “ideas”, it’s the kind of book you can pick up on a beach lounger and read a page at a time. There are also tips on building constructive, fulfilling relationships with the community you are serving, on supporting pupil well-being (because a happy class means a happy teacher!) and on making well-being a focus at a whole-school level.

This book is packed with practical ideas on how to improve wellbeing and reduce workload from a teacher perspective but with pupils’ best interests at heart. It brings the Department for Education’s workload agenda to life in classrooms. “¬†Martyn Reah, Deputy Headteacher and Founder of #teacher5aday