1 book for a new teacher’s library…


In the past few weeks I’ve had two experiences that made me think back and consider what the most valuable books in my library as a teacher were.
Last week I was in San Antonio, Texas meeting with educators about bringing Power2Achieve and the CEEA to their schools.  I love meeting with educators on their own turf, and my eyes always dart to their bookshelf and their desk to see what resources they have on hand.  During one of the meetings, a principal stated that at every year he gave his staff a book that he thought could help them grow as a professional learning community and assist each teacher in their individual development as educators too. (If you’re counting at home, that was experience #1)

Then this week I received a package from St. Joseph School in Missoula, Montana. I taught at St. Joseph, a great school in a beautiful setting, during the 2006-2007 school year, and the principal Rick Hyland is a great friend and mentor.  Over the summer I gave him a folder of resources for a new teacher I knew was starting there.  This week I got those resources, along with a very nice letter, back in the mail.    (Experience #2)

Through my teaching contacts, my time in Notre Dame’s ACE program, and our work here at IEE, I often come into contact with new teachers as well as experienced teachers who are hungry to grow and improve as educators.

So my question is this:

If you were to put one book* on the shelf of a new teacher, a book they could really use right away, what would it be?  *with the Smart & Good Schools Report already acknowledged as essential for every shelf :)

I’d be fascinated to know your answers, so I encourage you to reply to this post and/or email me @ kbaker@excellenceandethics.com

Next week I’ll post all the books that recommended and who it was recommended by (unless you’d choose to do so anonymously!). Insert plug to recruit subscribers here—> :) And of course if you forward this on to other educators (and in doing so encourage them to subscribe to the blog), we’ll get a bigger list of excellent resources!

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About Kyle Baker

Kyle graduated with a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Notre Dame through the Alliance for Catholic Education. He taught at St. Joseph's School in Missoula, Montana before joining ACE. During his Master's program he taught 5th grade at St. Paul's School in San Antonio, Texas for two years while also coaching Varsity Football at Antonian College Preparatory High School. As a collegiate student-athlete Kyle earned first team All-American football honors twice and earned Academic All-American honors three times while attending Carroll College. He also was awarded the Dave Rimington Award as the nation's top center and a National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete of the Year award.