Thursday, June 4, 2009

End of School Year Teacher Gift Ideas

As the end of the school year approaches, why not give some of your children’s teachers books or DVDs? Here's my list of suggestions:

Book & DVD ideas for teachers:

What Every Great Teacher Knows by Gibboney and Webb (for all teachers)
The Book Whisperer, Donalyn Miller (for 4-8 grade teachers, especially language & social studies teachers)
Teach Like Your Hair’s On Fire by Rafe Esquith (for middle school teachers)
In the Middle, by Nancy Atwell (for middle school English/history teachers)
Educating Hearts and Minds by Catherine C. Lewis (for elementary teachers)
The Mathematician’s Lament by Paul Lockhart (for ALL math teachers)
Young Children Reinvent Arithmetic by Constance Kamii (for elementary teachers)
Driven to Distraction by Hallowell & Ratey (about ADHD)
The Element by Ken Robinson (for all teachers)
The Case Against Homework by Bennett & Kalish (for all teachers)
The Homework Myth by Alfie Kohn (for all teachers)
DVD: “Where Do The Children Play?” available at
DVD: “No Grades + No Homework = Better Learning” available at
DVD: “Keynote address from the Stressed Out Student Stanford conference in 2008” available at

Or, if you don’t want to give them a book or DVD, perhaps you could direct them to some informational websites, like:


Or, get them a magazine subscription to:
Encounter: Education for Meaning and Social Justice available at