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Updated November 10. 2015

As an experienced teacher and college professor, I can assure you that new teachers and education students, if they are serious, are always on the lookout, even in this so-called "digital age," for good print resources. Below are some that are highly regarded and that can extremely helpful. The first years of teaching can be scary, but you can read some of these materials and reduce your anxiety. You'll see many examples of how others confronted the same problems you are having or will have, and solved them.

The following list of books, all available from amazon.com, is by definition incomplete. Purchasing good books is how to add to your professional library. This goes for education students as well as experienced teachers and administrators. When you read the reviews, you will see that not all agree about the merits of a particular book. That is how it should be! Do take a look at the books on this list. Some are "classics" and some are quite new; all have value.

Dr. Bob Kizlik
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Elementary Teacher's Discipline Problem Solver : A Practical A-Z Guide for Managing Classroom Behavior Problems Kenneth Shore Really great for elementary teachers *****

Classroom Discipline Problem Solver : Ready-to-Use Techniques & Materials for Managing All Kinds of Behavior Problems George Watson One of the best resources for any teacher or student. *****

The Unauthorized Teacher's Survival Guide: An Essential Reference for Both New and Experienced Educators (Unauthorized Teacher Survival Guide) Jack Warner. Clyde Bryan, Diane Warner *****

Hot Fudge Monday: Tasty Ways to Teach Parts of Speech to Students Who Have a Hard Time Swallowing Anything to Do With Grammar Randy Larsen

Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher's First YearEsme Raji Codell

Teaching With Love and Logic: Taking Control of the Classroom Jim Fay (Preface), David Funk

Developing Talent in Young People Benjamin Bloom, Ed.

A Celebration of Neurons: An Educator's Guide to the Human Brain Robert Sylwester

The Teaching Gap: Best Ideas from the World's Teachers for Improving Education in the Classroom James W. Stigler, James Hiebert

Education on the Edge of Possibility Renate Nummela Caine, Geoffrey Caine

Making Connections: Teaching and the Human Brain Renate Nummela Caine, Geoffrey Caine

An Incomplete Education Judy Jones

Teaching With the Brain in Mind Eric Jensen

The Conspiracy of Ignorance: The Failure of American Public Schools Martin L. Gross

Standards for Our Schools: How to Set Them, Measure Them, and Reach Them Marc S. Tucker, Judy B. Codding

On the Outside Looking in: Stories from an Inner City High School Cristina Rathbone

The Ambitious Generation: America's Teenagers, Motivated but Directionless David Stevenson, Barbara L. Schneider

Defining the Humanities: How Rediscovering a Tradition Can Improve Our Schools: With a Curriculum for Today's Students Robert E. Education's Great Amnesia Proctor

150 Ways to Increase Intrinsic Motivation in the Classroom James R. Raffini **** Some great ideas for the classroom

Designs for Self-Instruction: Principles, Processes, and Issues in Developing Self-Directed Learning Johanna L. Keirns

Motivation in Education: Theory, Research and Applications Paul R. Pintrich

Teaching for Thinking Robert J. Sternberg **** Superior ideas here

The Disciplined Mind: What All Students Should Understand Howard Gardner

The Educated Mind: How Cognitive Tools Shape Our Understanding Kieran Eagan

In the Classroom: An Introduction to Education Aretha J.S. Reed, Verna Bergemann, Mary Olson

101 Ways to Put Pizazz into Your Teaching Bonnie Williamson, Sandy Thornton

Horace's Compromise: The Dilemma of the American High School Theodore R. Sizer

Saber Tooth Curriculum: Including Other Lectures in the History of Paleolithic Education J. Abner Peddiwell, Harold H. Benjamin

Experience and Education John Dewey ***** One of the great classics in the field -- one that every teacher should read at some point.

Okay, so here's a list of non-education books (paper) I have read and recommend.

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