If You Could Recommend One Book 
For a Beginning Teacher, What Would It Be?


The following is a list of books that were suggested to me in response to the above question. For each title, I have included a link to Amazon.com to provide more information or to order the book. 

 
 
Assertive Discipline Positive Behavior by Lee and Marlene Canter.

Casualties of Privilege by Louis Crosier.

The Courage to Teach by Parker Palmer.

The Elements of Teaching by James M. Banner, Jr.

The First Days of School by Harry K. Wong.

The First Year of Teaching: Real World Stories from America's Teachers by Pearl Rock Kane.

A First-Year Teacher's Guidebook for Success by Bonnie Williamson and Sandy Thornton.

The Gift of Fire by Richard Mitchell

High-Energy Teaching by M. Walker Buckalew

Horace's School: Redesigning the American High School by Ted Sizer

How to Talk So Kids Can Learn by Adele Faber, et al.

Hunger of Memory by Richard Rodriguez.

In the Middle by Nanci Atwell.

Lessons from Privilege by Arthur Powell.

Looking Ahead by Patrick Bassett.

The New Teacher's Survival Guide by Kathleen McConnell Fad, Ph.D.and
James E Gilliam, Ph.D.

The Passionate Teacher by Robert Fried.

Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood by William Pollack.

Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls by Mary Pipher.

School Girls: Young Women, Self-Esteem, and the Confidence Gap by Peggy Orenstein.

The Skillful Teacher by Stephen Brookfield.

Smart Schools by David Perkins.

Teacher and Child: A Book for Parents and Teachers by Haim Ginott.

Teaching School: Points Picked Up by Eric W. Johnson.

Teaching with Love and Logic by Jim Fay.

The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff.

The Unschooled Mind by Howard Gardner.

Ties That Stress by David Elkind.

To Know As We Are Known : Education As a Spiritual Journey by Parker J. Palmer.

To Teach: The Journey of a Teacher by William Ayers.

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom.

Twenty Principles for Teaching Excellence: The Teacher's Workbook byM. Walker Buckalew.

Twenty Teachers by Ken MacRorie.


I would like to add to this list. If you have been enriched by a book that would be particularly interesting or helpful for a beginning teacher, please e-mail me its author and title and I will include it.

Greg Feldmeth,
Polytechnic School,
Pasadena, California

Revised October 1, 2000