In preparation for re-entering the classroom, I went to the library and found some books on education. (I was inspired to do so by Krystal from Lessons From the Middle in this post.)
Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov
Autism in your Classroom by Deborah Fein and Michelle A. Dunn
Challenging the Gifted Child by Margaret Stevens
How to Handle Difficult Parents by Suzanne Capek Tingley
I finished Teach Like a Champion the other day. It had some good ideas in it, but a lot of it seemed more appropriate for elementary school than high school. Also, with his regimented style, the author did not seem to take into account having special needs students in the classroom. Still, there were a couple of nuggets I wrote down for future reference.
I just started the book on autism. I don’t have an opinion on it yet as it’s just providing a basic understanding of what autism is and explaining the autism spectrum.
The book on gifted children looks like it might be aimed more at elementary school teachers, so I don’t know whether I will find that one helpful.
And difficult parents? Who has to deal with difficult parents? Surely not! Ahem… yeah, I’ve had my share of difficult parents (including one, my first year of teaching, who made sure to let me know that he was a teacher, too, and had won some kind of awards for his teaching. Sheesh).
How much professional development do you do on your own for your work? I’m curious. Tell me in the comments!