Wounded by School - is a powerful book that shows how students’ are affected negatively by schooling – something teachers don’t like to think about!
Mindsets - by Carol Dweck points out clearly why some students succeed or fail.
Motivation -the Drive toLearn– by Daniel Pink is an excellent book on how to motivate learners.
The Game of School – by Perkins provides the means to ensure all students gain success. See also Smart Schools – an earlier book by Perkins.
What’s the Point of School by Guy Claxton. Claxton is well known to many New Zealand teachers. He believes all students can become powerful learners. ‘Learnacy is as important as literacy and numeracy’
In The Early World ( reprinted 2012 by NZCER) is an inspiration book by Elwyn Richardson New Zealand’s pioneer teacher of the 50/60s .
Experience and Education – John Dewey 1936. A seminal book for enlightened educators.
The Best Schools - by Thomas Armstrong. An excellent book to learn about the learning needs of students at different school levels.
The Underachieving School and How Children Learn by John Holt. Still two of the best books about life in school from students’ point of view.
Catching the Knowledge Wave - by Jane Gilbert ( NZCER). An excellent book for secondary schools that want to move into the 21stC.
Our Secondary Schools Don’t WorkAnymore – By David Hood (NZ) Title says it all.
Out of Our Minds – Sir Ken Robinson. If only politicians would take his advice. There must be few who haven’t watched his TED video ( Google it if not). ‘Creativity is as important as literacy and numeracy’ (Sir Ken)
Five Minds for the Future – Howard Gardner and how to transform schools to achieve them. Gardner is well known to NZ teachers for his multiple intelligences research. Currently schools limit themselves to two- literacy and numeracy.
Realizing the Power of Professional Learning – Helen Timperley. A books for creative principals to assist them develop the conditions to realize the creativity of their teachers.
Books by Stoll and Fink. Another book to inspire school leaders to appreciate it is about learning not just accountability.’ It’s about learning and it is about time.(Lost the link - will search it out!More from Dean. More from Stoll and Timperley
Powerful Learning- by Linda Darling Hammond and others. An excellent book by a highly respected educator about how to develop inquiry learning across the curriculum. Practical examples. Another excellent practical book is Best Practices full of examples of powerful studies
School As A Home For The Mind –Art Costa. Costa is well known to many New Zealand Schools. The book cover how to develop intelligent behaviours in students -key learning competencies. Author of several books.
The Big Picture - by Dennis Littky A book for anyone serious about transforming secondary schools - for students who fail in our current system
Welcome to the Aquarium – By Julie Diamond. This is a fantastic and reassuring book for those who teach junior classes. All about how a year unfolds in a junior class.
Discovery Time by Brenda Martin and Gay Hay. This very practical NZ book is a must for those who want to return real discovery learning back into their junior classrooms.
I Am Five and I go to School by Helen May. This book celebrates the wonderful work done by Infant Mistresses of the 60s that led to the recognition of New Zealand's reputation for creative junior teaching that is now at risk!
Scientists in the Crib by Gopnik, Meltzoff and Kubl. A really exciting book based on new research about how the very young are born with an innate desire to learn - until they reach formal schooling. Ideal for new parents.