Books to get your teaching mojo back


Don’t be put off by the picture, that’s just to grab your attention. Actually most of the books I would recommend for a bit of holiday reading are on my kindle of course. I say of course because recently I noticed that I have over a thousand books on it and although I have never subscribed to the zen decluttering school of thought I did feel a shiver of panic at where I’d put them all.

Anyway, back to the subject of this post, I don’t know about you but by half way through the term I’m often pushed to find the energy and focus to read anything, let alone something to improve my teaching. It’s during the hols, after I’ve had time to zone out in front of netflix for a few days recuperate that I look around for something more meaty and motivating.

Enough blathering, here is this holiday’s list:

Exploring Psychology in Language Learning – I actually started reading this because one of the authors, Sarah Mercer, is a plenary speaker at the upcoming ETAS conference in Zurich  in January. However I got into it really quickly, you know when something makes such perfect sense that it seems completely obvious? I also like the reflection activities at the end of each chapter.

The Growth Mindset Coach – Although this is one of those books that starts at the beginning of the school year so to speak, it is important to remember that every day is a new start, more so a new term, and I’m looking forward to putting these ideas into practice during the next year.

Penny Ur’s 100 Teaching Tips – Despite some of these seeming as obvious as breathing for old hands like us, there’s nothing like going back to basics to iron out all those bad habits.

Urban Myths about Learning and Education – Just in case you still thought that 93% of your communication was non-verbal.

And finally something a little out of the ordinary, Global Chorus is an anthology of 365 pieces contributed by people such as Nelson Mandela, Stephen Hawking, Jane Goodall, Jamie Oliver on the subject of the future of our planet.

I’d love to hear your suggestions, on education or otherwise, below!


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3 Responses to Books to get your teaching mojo back

  1. Giulia says:

    Great list!
    I’d definitely recommend From English Teacher to Learner Coach
    I found it inspiring and thought-provoking.
    Happy New Year!

  2. Clare says:

    Thanks fro this! I will def check out the Psychology book, and the Global Chorus sounds really inspiring, too! I’ll put them on my 2017 reading list! 🙂

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