Five Favorite Reads For Your Professional Bookshelf

I’m always looking for a good book about education — one that can put words to the many feelings that are part of this work, that sparks my thinking and creativity for my teaching, and that challenges me and opens my mind to see my work in new ways. I was fortunate to come across a number of just such books last year, and here are five favorites from 2015.

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#TchLIVE Book Chat Quick Notes: Leaders of Their Own Learning

What We’re Reading!

Leaders of Their Own LearningTeaching Channel’s Book Club is reading Leaders of Their Own Learning: Transforming Schools Through Student-Engaged Assessment by Expeditionary Learning’s Ron Berger. He shares a new way of thinking about how we can change the primary role of assessment — from evaluating and ranking students to motivating them to learn.

Join Our Book Club Twitter Chat

Join our book club chat on Thursday, January 29th at 7pm EST. Use the hashtag #TchLIVE.

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Tch’s Winter Book Club: We’re Reading “Leaders of Their Own Learning”

What We’re Reading!

Leaders of Their Own LearningWe’re very excited to announce the Winter book for Teaching Channel’s Book Club: Leaders of Their Own Learning: Transforming Schools Through Student-Engaged Assessment by Expeditionary Learning’s Ron Berger. He shares a new way of thinking about how we can change the primary role of assessment — from evaluating and ranking students to motivating them to learn.

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Tch’s Fall Book Club: We’re Reading “How We Learn”

How We Learn by Benedict Carey

What We’re Reading!

We’re very excited to announce the Fall book for Teaching Channel’s Book Club: How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens by The New York Times science reporter, Benedict Carey. He uncovers the fascinating and surprising research on how distractions, repetition, sleep, and even study locations can effect how efficiently the brain learns.

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[Archive] Book Chat: “Drive” by Daniel Pink

We had such a great response to Sarah Brown Wessling’s Ideal Teacher Bookshelf that we decided to host our first Teaching Channel Book Club! We put three book selections up for a vote, and readers chose Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, by Daniel Pink: In systems that are often driven by sticks and carrots, Daniel Pink offers other ways to think about punishments, rewards, and how to truly motivate people.

The chat was hosted by Teaching Channel and moderated by Teaching Channel Teacher Laureate and 2010 National Teacher of the Year Sarah Brown Wessling.

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Join Teaching Channel’s Book Club

We had such a great response to Sarah Brown Wessling’s Ideal Teacher Bookshelf that we decided to start our first ever Teaching Channel Book Club! We had an equally amazing turnout in the voting process to pick this month’s book. After hundreds of the votes, the winner with 40% of the vote is:

Drive book coverDrive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, by Daniel Pink: In systems that are often driven by sticks and carrots, Daniel Pink offers other ways to think about punishments, rewards, and how to truly motivate people.

On July 31st, 7pm EST, join us in a Twitter chat with Sarah Brown Wessling. All Teaching Channel bookworms are encouraged to join, using the hashtag #TchLIVE. See you there!


Julia Chope is Teaching Channel’s Social Media and Content Producer. Follow her on Twitter, @JuliaChope.