5 Books Every Education Professional Should Read

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If you work in education or Special Educational Needs you might spend everyday surrounded by a pile of books.

Whether it be learning material for your pupils, or an insightful read for yourself, a good book is the perfect way to expand on existing knowledge. 

If you’re looking for an informative read to enhance your career, look no further! 

We’ve compiled 5 of our favourite books for all education professionals to get stuck into:

The Inclusive Classroom: A new approach to differentiation

By Daniel Sobel and Sara Alston

An inclusive learning environment is important in any education setting.

That’s why Daniel Sobel, CEO of the Inclusion Expert Consultancy and Sara Alston, veteran SENDco, have combined their experience to create ‘The Inclusive Classroom’. 

If you’re a primary or secondary school teacher seeking advice for supporting your most vulnerable students, you’ll find it all in this practical guide. 

The book will help you focus on inclusion within your lessons, to improve the learning outcomes of children who might underachieve. 

Creating Sensory Smart Classrooms: A Practical Guide for Educators

By Jamie Chaves and Ashley Taylor 

Are you hoping to benefit your students by creating a sensory smart environment?

Pupils who have difficulty interpreting the world around them might display behaviours mistaken for naughtiness. This book will teach you to recognise when a pupil is over or under stimulated and how you can help them. 

Creating Sensory Smart Classrooms’ also advises on the neurobiology behind sensory processing and equips you with the skills needed to create a sensory smart environment. 

Teaching When the World is on Fire

By Lisa Delpit

Now more than ever it’s important not to talk about topical issues from around the world. 

However, approaching important conversations sensitively with your students, such as Black Lives Matter or political issues, can sometimes be a struggle. 

Author, Lisa Delpit, understands that some matters can be tricky to address, so her helpful guide ‘Teaching When the World is on Fire’ advises beginning these conversations constructively. 

Happy Teachers Change the World 

By Thich Nhat Hanh and Katherine Weare

Practising mindfulness can be beneficial to you and your pupils no matter their age. 

With easy to follow techniques throughout, ‘Happy Teachers Change the World’ will teach you how to be mindful and apply this to your day-to-day life. 

Amongst the advice are inspirational stories from people across the world, who have successfully implemented the teachings into their professional and personal lives. 

Disrupting Thinking: Why How We Read Matters

By Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst

Reading is a really important part of getting a good education. 

In their book ‘Disrupting Thinking’, the authors explain that the reluctance of some students to pick up a book is due to a lack of engagement with reading. 

They suggest the reason behind reading and how to approach texts are often misrepresented to young people.

If you’re looking for a practical way to encourage your pupils to be critical thinkers, this book is a great place to start!

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