Recommended Reading

Here’s a list of the books that, over the past two years, have had a major influence on both my personal development and, in particular, teaching and coaching.  The list is divided into the following sections:

1. Books to enhance pedagogical practice (a must for read for teachers who want to improve in the classroom.  This means EVERY teacher!)

2. General education

3. All Sorts

4. Design

If you feel there are any books you feel deserve a place in the list below please get in touch – I’m always looking to learn…

Books to enhance pedagogical practice:

Evidence Based Teaching: A practical approach by Geoff Petty

Visible Learning by John Hattie

The Perfect Ofsted Lesson by Jackie Beere

Dancing About Architecture: The little book of creativity by Phil Beadle

The Pefect Ofsted English Lesson by David Didau

Full On Learning: Involve me and I’ll understand by Zoe Elder

The Lazy Teacher’s Handbook by Jim Smith

The Teacher’s Toolkit by Paul Ginnis

SOLO Taxonomy: A Guide for Schools by Pam Hook & Julie Mills

General Education:

Professional Capital: Transforming Teaching in Every School by Andy Hargreaves & Michael Fullan

Why Do I Need a Teacher When I’ve Got Google? by Ian Gilbert

An Ethic of Excellence by Ron Berger

Finnish Lessons: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland by Pasi Sahlberg

The Homework Myth by Alfie Kohn

The Learning Game by Jonathan Smith

High Performers: The secrets of successful schools by Alistair Smith

The Perfect Ofsted Inspection by Jackie Beere

Gamestorming: A playbook for innovators, rulebreakers and changemakers by David Gray, Sunni Brown & James Macanufo

All Sorts:

The Progress Principle by Teresa Amabile & Steven Kramer

The Gold Mine Effect: Crack the secrets of high performance by Rasmus Ankersen

Talent Is Overrated by Geoff Colvin

Good to Great by Jim Collins

The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle

The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers: The Story of Success & What The Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable by Seth Godin

Adapt: Why Success Always Starts With Failure by Tim Harford

Made to Stick & Switch: how to change things when change is hard by Chip & Dan Heath

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Where Good Ideas Come From: The Seven Patterns of Innovation by Steven Johnson

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Moneyball & The Big Short by Michael Lewis

Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us & A Whole New Mind: Why right – brainers will rule the future by Daniel H Pink

Luck: What it means and why it matters by Ed Smith

The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership by Bill Walsh

They Call Me Coach by John Wooden

Happy discovering,

Matt (@BebbPEteach)

2 thoughts on “Recommended Reading

  1. I really loved Jonathan Smith’s “The Learning Game.” Smith writes from the perspective of someone in his last year of teaching before retirement, and covers every aspect of the job including managining student behaviour, workload, coursework, management and parents. I especially love the way he talks about the art of teaching and how he weaves in his experiences as a parent and his love of literature to make it a really enjoyable and light-hearted read. I found myself reflectling on my own reasons for choosing teaching and Smith reinforced my belief that it’s a job like no other and that all the hard work is absolutely worth it. Jenni Lowe

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