12 Books for an Educator's Growth & Development

As the new year is upon us, I'm taking advantage of this gray and rainy Sunday, to reflect on my role as an educator. What am I doing well? What could I do better?

I began by referring back to my Montessori Theory and Foundations albums. The educator plays an integral part in the holistic development of the child. I was reminded that we, therefore, must also prepare and transform ourselves in a holistic way. We must consistently examine the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of our work.

The physical aspect includes our activities and our behavior. 

The mental aspect includes our knowledge, discernment, and experience. 

The spiritual aspect includes the beliefs, attitudes, and prejudices we hold about children. 

I have chosen 12 books relating to education, to read and study over the course of the year, that touch on each of these aspects. I've tried to choose a variety of books which consider education in many different forms, from public education, to private education, to homeschooling. Many of them are written by industry experts and people who are passionate about education and education reform. My goal is to transform myself as an educator in a holistic way in order to better serve the children in my care (my son included). 

I will read and write a review of one book each month, in the order listed below. (Affiliate links included).

  1. Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Changing Education by Sir Ken Robinson & Lou Aronica
  2. Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People That Will Change the World by Tony Wagner
  3. Education and Peace by Maria Montessori
  4. Home Grown: Adventures in Parenting off the Beaten Path, Unschooling, and Reconnecting with the Natural World by Ben Hewitt  
  5. The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley
  6. Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners by Ron Ritchhart, Mark Church, & Karen Morrison
  7. Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland? by Pasi Sahlberg
  8. Essential Questions: Opening Doors to Student Understanding by Jay McTighe & Grant Wiggins
  9. Choice Words: How Our Language Affects Children’s Learning by Peter H. Johnston
  10. How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough
  11. A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change by Douglas Thomas & John Seely Brown
  12. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

I hope you will join me on this journey! I would love to engage in thoughtful discussion and to hear other perspectives as I work on my personal growth and development as an educator.

The whole family is snuggling up with a good book today.

The whole family is snuggling up with a good book today.