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9 Non-Teaching Books Every Teacher Should Read

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9 Non-Teaching Books Every Teacher Should Read

As teachers, you don’t have to restrict yourself only to professional books. When your are held up with grading papers, writing lesson plans, parent-teacher phone calls, and department meetings, you can escape that hectic time with certainty of a nice book.

A book makes you wise and helps you get rid of stress.

To Kill a Mockingbird

One of the brilliant pieces of literature ever to be written, To Kill a Mocking Bird is the narrative of a young girl, who paints a picture of injustice prevailing in the adult world and how her innocent eyes can see the stark contrast of what is ideal and what is the reality.

Through this book, the reader has introduced the social evils that existed in the 19th and 20th century and continue to have traces that linger along the daily lives of people. To Kill a Mockingbird brings to light that the common man should sustain the virtue of not bearing injustice.


The autobiography of the former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama talks about breaking the clauses and the glass roof that hold back those who are seeking the opportunities to make a difference.

A lawyer herself, she emphasizes the importance of education and the power it holds to change lives & worlds and how it can be imparted on a global level to all the deserving children.

A powerful orator, Michelle doesn’t stop when it comes to exploring the dark side of the political world and the despairs that she saw overseas as well as her home country. Becoming is, though an autobiography, it beautifully touches upon the socio-economic subjects and highlights the pertaining issues that still need hands and minds to resolve.

Van Gogh: The Life

His virtuoso was led to his destruction. Van Gogh’s requirement for his mom’s affection, his “unpredictable and wild sentimental life, his episodes of sorrow and psychological sickness” all met up in the rough brushstrokes and serious hues on his canvas.

In trying to comprehend Van Gogh, the painter, we will without a doubt develop to comprehend those understudies that endure. We will see those that have impulses, that need to make, that long for something they can’t have, and that are bothered, in a progressively sympathetic manner, and this will empower us to perceive what we can do to make them have a sense of security, regarded, and esteemed.

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs was perhaps the most eccentric man in the business, but it was his eccentricity that catapulted Apple and Pixar into billions of dollars worth a venture

From being sacked from his own company to building PIXAR as the best animation organization (later bought by Walt Disney) the book steers the reader through the journey of some unconventional decisions, to immense hardships, it is an encyclopedia of Steve Jobs that inspires people to be different and think different. It is for those who seek the path untraversed.

The Giving Tree

Teachers forgo at great lengths for their students – their time, vitality, and feelings. Shel Silverstein’s book helps us to remember the delicacy of the connection between the supplier and somebody excessively youthful, too credulous to even think about realizing exactly what amount has been yielded. At last, it fortifies the intensity of persistence to get the shared limit of adoration.

The Last Lecture

The book clearly explains the concept of “brick walls are there for a reason.” The book talks about growth, the journey in between. It is a realistic picture of life where the gravity of tragedy is intense, growing up is not just a number but a tussle with day to day challenges and an endless throng of obstacles.

However, even though the situations are dire, Randy Pausch ensures that the reader understands that there is the silver lining in the heaviest of clouds. A life lesson, this can be imparted to students who today battle with depression, and anxiety.

Mein Kamf

Translated as My Life, this autobiography of Adolf Hitler is the story of not a ruthless dictator as the world knows him today but an ambitious person who is ready to undertake any task for the glory of his nation.

If read properly, this book enunciates the grit, determination, valour, vision and the sadness that made Hitler who he was. From a young man with dreams of being an artist, he went on to become the most respected and feared political leader in the German history.

What a teacher can take from this book is the dogged determination that fueled his passion and the amazingly strategic mindset that had the power to move the world. Call whatever you may, Hitler was a man of fervor passion.

Start with the Why

If somebody asks you, what is your occupation, it is one of the easiest queries to answer. However, in any case, being inquired as to WHY you’re doing what you are doing, is a question that needs pondering upon.

So for instance, if an educator is being asked the reason behind his decisions regarding the class activities like WHY you picked a specific exercise plan for the week ahead or WHY was the grade not awarded to this particular student?

The answering ability falls flat. This interesting book takes a gander at the world’s most powerful pioneers.

Simon Sinek names them, “The Golden Circle” and says that achievement originated from the beginning with, “Why?” Sharing with your students why they have to find out about, state, World War II and why you’ve picked a specific method to encourage it guarantees that you will impact them for a considerable length of time to come.

How To Win Friends And Influence Them?

This business classic has undergone a wave of literary evolution but continues to stand strong with its presence in the market. Published in 1937, this book by Dale Carnegie talks about understanding people’s nature, their mindset and appreciating their good qualities which elevate your status in their eyes.

Teachers, being in a profession of constant interaction can take a leaf out of this book and focus on a student’s good quality rather than rebuking them for their shortcomings. It will improve the child’s self-esteem dramatically as well as elevate your status as a teacher who is their friend and means well.