Whether you teach a class of elementary Sunday School students, volunteer in a faith-based tutoring program, teach devotionals for teens or participate in mission trips serving children and/or teens, you need to spend time improving your skills. For volunteers like you or someone you know, this can be difficult. Carving out extra time to take classes or attend training sessions can be tough.
What almost anyone can find the time to do though, is read a book. While no book is perfect and just reading a book won’t necessarily translate to improved teaching skills, in many cases you will learn things to enhance what you are currently doing with your students.
The list below contains some of my favorite books to recommend to volunteers working with children and teens. They make great resources for yourself or great gifts for the volunteers you know. Not all of these books are Christian, but often in this particular area secular books can be more helpful – successful teaching skill sets are very similar whether you are teaching kids about secular subjects or God. I have included affiliate links to give you access to more detailed information and prices to compare to your favorite bookseller.
- Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess
- The End of Molasses Classes by Ron Clark
- Becoming a “Wiz” at Brain-Based Teaching by Marilee Sprenger
- Thinking Through Project-Based Learning by Jane Krauss and Suzie Boss
Students and Thinking
- Mindwise by Nicholas Epley
- The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
- The Thinking Toolbox by Nathaniel and Hans Bluedorn
- The Fallacy Detective by Nathaniel and Hans Bluedorn
- UnSpun by Brooks Jackson and Kathleen Jamieson
- Contagious by Jonah Berger
- The Kid’s Guide to Service Projects by Barbara Lewis
- Serving With Eyes Wide Open by David Livermore (Note: I don’t agree with everything, but he makes a few good points.)
Teaching Students In Other Cultures
- Cross-Cultural Connections by Duane Elmer
- Foreign to Familiar by Sarah Lanier
- The Blue Sweater by Jacqueline Novogratz
Teaching Students With Special Needs
- Every Child Welcome by Katie Wetherbee and Jolene Philo
- Creative Storytelling by Jack McGuire
- The Art of Storytelling by John Walsh
- The Story-Teller’s Start-Up Book by Margaret McDonald
- Connecting With Kids Through Stories by Lacher, Nichols, Nichols and May
The old saying is so very true. The best teachers are lifelong learners and readers. Take some time and read a few of these books or others excellent teachers you know suggest. It will make a difference in how you teach and how well your students learn.
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