Professional Development Books for Middle and High School Teachers

Hello-- The SuperHERO Teacher here! During the summer, and even during the school year, I love to get lost in an inspiring professional development book to inspire me to make a positive difference in my students’ lives while they are in my classroom! Today, I am going to share some of my favorite professional development books and resources to further the impact you’re having on your students.

To help guide you through your professional development reads, I've created a notes page for you to document the most important themes, ideas, or takeaways from the books! You can download the freebie here or by clicking the photo below. 

 I met Monica Genta at the Teach Your Heart Out Conference in Nashville, TN and was in awe of her enthusiasm and captivating sessions about how to engage your middle and high schoolers using a variety of innovative teaching techniques, games, and basically, awesomeness! Shortly after meeting her the first time, I started reading two of her books, Game Changers and 180Days of Awesome, and OH MY GOODNESS they are literal game changers for your classroom.  The first thing I love about these PD books is the fact that they are written in teacher lingo.  There’s jokes, to the point action steps, and it’s evident that all of the tips, tricks, and secrets shared are suggested by an actual teacher—unlike some of the administration led professional development. Secondly, you can use the suggestions in both of these books throughout the entire school year!  You can use them as a reference piece for daily inspiration or engaging ideas for your students.

Let me take a moment to tell you about the professional development book that rocked my world—Mindset: The New Psychology of Success byCarol Dweck.  Growth mindset is so much more than an educational buzz word right now—it’s a way to help your students handle perseverance, determination, and failure with confidence in their abilities.  Isn’t that an incredible power to have? I was familiar with growth mindset, but I didn’t truly understand the science behind it, and if I don’t understand something, I definitely cannot translate it into something students can use.  Therefore, I purchased this book and even after the first time reading through, Dweck was a able to easily explain the science behind growth mindset and how to implement it in your classroom.  If you haven’t already, you should absolutely sit down at the pool this summer and quickly read through this PD book for educators.  You’ll feel focused and inspired to shape your students’ mindsets.

My friend Christina from The Daring English Teacher suggested this incredibly powerful professional development read called Teaching With Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids’ Brains and What Schools Can do about It.  The author, Eric Jenson, talks candidly about how poverty hurts children, and how schools can ultimately improve academic achievement and life readiness of economically disadvantaged students. This is our ultimate job as educators—to make sure we are reaching every single student that enters our classroom.  That can be challenging, but it’s empowering and rewarding to have that sort of impact on students—especially those who need it most. 

Creating a classroom environment and atmosphere that is synonymous with that YOU want and what’s best for your students can be a bit of a challenge, which is why I created this Transform Your Classroom in 20 Steps Challenge to inspire you to achieve the classroom of your dreams.  In the challenge, I provide specific action steps designed to guide you through the process of creating a classroom that is inspiring, organized, and purposeful for your students.  I designed this resource based on the Extreme Makeover Classroom Editions that I host for deserving teachers, so all of my secrets and suggestions are included in this booklet.  In addition, I include six (6) extension videos where I go into more details about how to transform your classroom environment, which serves as a mini-professional development.

Don't forget to download your free note-taking resource while you complete your summer time professional development reads! Enjoy!
Brittany Wheaton
The SuperHERO Teacher
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