Being a teacher is a difficult yet often highly rewarding career. You get to guide the young minds of tomorrow through their education, while also developing your own professional career. Much like being the leader of a company, it’s a role where you will be constantly learning. No two children are the same, and each year brings with it new challenges that you’ll likely be unsure of how to approach. In that case, a great way to keep up is to read a few books on teaching in order to get a more holistic view of your position. Here are a few great books that teachers can read leading into this coming school year.

Hacking School Discipline: 9 Ways to Create a Culture of Empathy and Responsibility Using Restorative Justice – Nathan Maynard & Brad Weinstein

Instead of using old-school discipline methods, such as detention and suspension, focus on developing a culture of responsibility and respect for the students. This can be done through the use of restorative practices, which are designed to transform the behaviors of students. Having a positive environment can help children develop the skills they need to succeed in their future. In this book, Nathan Maynard and Brad Weinstein share their ideas on how to transform school discipline. They show how to create a culture of responsibility and respect for the students. Some of the things you’ll learn about include building student empathy, enhancing communication and collaboration, reducing repeated negative behaviors and so much more.

Intention: Critical Creativity in the Classroom – Amy Burvall & Dan Ryder

Through the use of creative expression, students can develop critical thinking and knowledge. This can also help them develop their skills in problem-solving and creativity. In addition, this book features a variety of activities and ideas that will help teachers bring creativity into their lessons. Authors Amy Burvall and Dan Ryder explore the various ways that academia can embrace creativity and curiosity. They provide tools and resources that will help teachers develop a deeper understanding of these concepts.

The School of Life: An Emotional Education – The School of Life, Into By Alain De Botton

The ability to manage emotional intelligence is considered to be one of the most important skills that people can develop in order to survive the 21st century. It can affect various aspects of our lives, such as professional relationships and romantic relationships. A little over 10 years ago, French psychologist and entrepreneur, Alain de Botton, founded The School of Life, a center that aims to improve the emotional intelligence of individuals. In his new book, he presents a wide range of wisdom from his decade-long experience. De Botton explores the various aspects of our lives and how we can improve our emotional intelligence. He draws from his extensive experience and philosophical insight to help people develop the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century, which can all be easily introduced in the classroom in order to help nurture more emotionally intelligent students.