Looking for great books on education to read this summer? With hundreds of books for educators released each month, finding the best ones can be time-consuming. To assist you, your students, and your colleagues, we’ve compiled a list of July’s top books on education. With such topics as young children’s humor and its practical application in education, the art of teaching, and classroom advice for new teachers, these books are full of great information to help you better serve your students and do your job. Check out what we picked for you this month!
Research on Young Children’s Humor
Eleni Loizou, Susan L. Recchia
This book provides a wide spectrum of research on young children’s humor and illuminates the depth and complexity of humor development in children from birth through age 8 and beyond. It highlights the work of pioneers in young children’s humor research including Paul McGhee, Doris Bergen, and Vasu Reddy. Presenting a variety of new perspectives, the book examines such issues as play, humor, laughing, and pleasure within the context of learning and development. It looks at humor, wordplay, and cartoons that can be used as educational tools in the classroom. Finally, it provides explorations of humor within a cultural and spiritual context. The book presents diverse and creative methods to study humor and provides practical implications for adults working with children. The book offers a powerful springboard for moving research and practice toward a deeper understanding of young children’s humor as an integral and meaningful component of early development and learning.
Demonstrating the benefits of mindfulness for both educators and students in PreK–12, this book presents flexible models for implementing and sustaining schoolwide initiatives. Compelling case studies show how mindfulness practices can enhance students’ academic and social–emotional functioning as well as teacher effectiveness. Chapters review the evidence base for available programs, reflect on lessons learned in real schools, and provide guidance for planning and decision making. The roles of school leaders, teachers, counselors, and parents in creating a more supportive and compassionate school climate are discussed. Also described are innovative approaches to professional development and preservice teacher training.
Teachable Moments: The Art of Teaching in Primary Schools
Peter Woods, Bob Jeffrey
Creative teaching is an art form—aesthetic, intuitive, and expressive. The proliferation of new educational policies in the early 1990s and the related increase in tensions and dilemmas facing schools, combined with the growing demand for a wider range of skills and knowledge among children meant that there was an even greater need for creative teaching than before the National Curriculum. Originally published in 1996, this book addresses this need by: exploring the features of creative teaching with a focus on the day-to-day practice of primary teachers; showing how teachers used emotion, created atmosphere, and stimulated imagination to enhance their teaching; examining the ways in which teachers managed the National Curriculum and developed a new professional discourse in response to government pressures at the time. This book is a sequel to Creative Teachers in Primary Schools and builds upon this work providing new insights into the art of teaching.
Within 100 days, schools have dramatically increased student achievement, transformed faculty morale and school culture, reduced discipline issues, and much more. Begin leading focused, meaningful change in your own school with the support of 100-Day Leaders by Douglas Reeves and Robert Eaker. Using this book to guide your school improvement plan, you will learn how to achieve a series of short-term wins that combine to form long-term success.
This book offers new teachers a proactive approach to the entire spectrum of the profession, from making the decision to become a teacher, through applying; interviewing; setting up a classroom; accessing curriculum; creating lesson plans and a gradebook; presenting material effectively; creating a positive learning environment based on empathy and respect; connecting with students, colleagues, administrators, and parents; preventing cheating and bullying; maintaining order; and using educational technology, all the way to avoiding late-career burnout.
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