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Summer Book Club Recap

This summer, some of our student ambassadors did a book club! We read four different personal development books and would recommend them all to current and future educators. Read more about them below!

"The Art of Teaching Children" was written by Phillip Done, a retired educator who taught for over 30 years. This book is full of advice for teachers to use in their classrooms. From recess to field trips, he covers it, and all his advice applies to the classroom and teaching. I will definitely keep this in my teacher toolbox, and I'm sure I will refer to it many times throughout my teaching career.

The Playful Classroom - Julie Jones, Jed Dearybury

"The Playful Classroom" was an amazing book. It was hilarious, interactive, and validated so many feelings I have surrounding teaching. In "The Playful Classroom", Jed and Julie provide applicable and practical classroom strategies. They also discuss the difficulty of incorporating play into a structured curriculum. If you are looking for a good laugh and a place to spark some creativity, give this book a read!

Because of A Teacher - George Couros

"Because of a Teacher" was written by George Couros and is a great read for current and future educators. In it, Couros interviews educators who share their stories about a teacher/administrator who impacted them, as well as advice for future educators. All of the stories shared were impactful, and I learned so much. I would recommend this book to all educators who need to remember their "why"!

The Whole Brain Child - Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson

"The Whole Brain Child " is a great read. I quickly found myself recommending this book to everyone that I talked to! This book appeals to teachers and anyone working with kids. It does an amazing job of simplifying topics that are usually difficult to understand. This book taught me the importance of understanding our students' emotions and how to deal with those "big" emotions. After reading this book, I feel better prepared to deal with challenging situations in the classroom.

We hope you'll give these books a read! To hear more about these recommendations, or to meet with a student ambassador and learn about becoming a teacher, click here!

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