Favorite Books about Teaching and Learning (2021)

favorite books about teaching and learning 2021 list barbi honeycutt

Every year, I reach out to my network to ask for your favorite books about teaching and learning. Here's the list for 2021! (Listed alphabetically by title.)

This year's list includes some of the classics as well as a few newcomers highlighting some of the current issues facing education, especially over the past year and a half.

And, this year, there's more of a mix of higher education, K-12, and adult learning which is shows the variety of educators in our Lecture Breakers community!

Authors with * next to their name have been guests (or will be soon) on the Lecture Breakers podcast.

  • The Anthropology of Childhood: Cherubs, Chattel, Changelings by David F Lancy
  • Antiracism and Universal Design for Learning by Andratesha Fitzgerald
  • The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters by Priya Parker

  • Bandwidth recovery: Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism, and Social Marginalization by Cia Verschelden and forward by Lynn Pasquerella
  • The Book of Learning and Forgetting by Frank Smith
  • The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life by Parker J. Palmer

  • Creating Self-Regulated Learners: Strategies to Strengthen Students’ Self-Awareness and Learning Skills by Linda Nilson
  • Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education by Sir Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica
  • Design for How People Learn by Julie Dirksen

  • Designing a Motivational Syllabus: Creating a Learning Path for Student Engagement  by Christine Harrington and Melissa Thomas
  • The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness  by Todd Rose
  • Engage the Brain: How to Design for Learning that Taps into the Power of Emotion by Allison Posey

  • The First-Year Teacher: Be Prepared for Your Classroom by Dr. Karen Bosch and Morghan E. Bosch
  • Flipping the College Classroom by Dr. Barbi Honeycutt
  • Geeky Pedagogy: A Guide for Intellectuals, Introverts, and Nerds Who Want to be Effective Teachers by Jessamyn Neuhaus*

  • Grading for Equity: What it is, Why it Matters, and How it can Transform Schools and Classrooms by Joe Feldman
  • Interactive Lecturing: A Handbook for College Faculty by Elizabeth F. Barkley and Claire H. Major*
  • Lost & Found: Helping Behaviorally Challenging Students (and While You’re at it, All the Others) Ross W. Greene, PhD

  • Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger the 3rd, and Mark A. McDaniel
  • Making Team Projects Work: A Resource for High School and College Educators by Timothy Franz* and Lauren Vicker*
  • Max and Me: A Story About Sensory Processing by Ines Lawlor

  • McKeachie’s Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research, and Theory for College and University Teachers by William Mckeachie and Marilla Svinicki
  • Mentor: Guiding the Journey of Adult Learners by Laurent Daloz
  • The Palgrave Handbook of Political Research Pedagogy by Daniel J. Mallinson, Julia Marin Hellwege, and Eric D. Loepp

  • Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
  • Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A’s, Praise, and Other Bribes Alfie Kohn
  • Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto by Kevin M. Gannon

  • Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education by Thomas J. Tobin* and Kirsten T. Behling
  • Resilient Pedagogy: Practical Teaching Strategies to Overcome Distance, Disruption, and Distraction by Travis Thurston*, Kacy Lundstrom and Christopher González
  • The Skillful Teacher: On Technique, Trust, and Responsiveness in the Classroom by Stephen Brookfield

  • Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes by Flower Darby* and James M. Lang*
  • Student Engagement Techniques by Elizabeth F. Barkley and Claire H. Major*
  • Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire: The Methods and Madness Inside Room 56 by Rafe Esquith

  • Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies You Can Incorporate into any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills, and Motivation by Saundra McGuire and Stephanie McGuire
  • Teaching at its Best: A Research-Based Resource for College Instructors by Linda Nilson
  • Teaching College: The Ultimate Guide to Lecturing, Presenting, and Engaging Students by  Norman Eng*

  • Teaching from the Heart: Reflections, Encouragement, and Inspiration by Sharon Draper
  • Teaching Naked Techniques: A Practical Guide to Designing Better Classes by José Antonio Bowen* and C. Edward Watson
  • Teaching the Universe of Discourse by James Moffett

  • Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom by bell hooks
  • Teaching With Your Mouth Shut by Donald L. Finkel
  • Tools for Teaching by Barbara Gross Davis

  • Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead) by Susan Blum*
  • What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain
  • 8 Essential Questions Teachers Ask: A Guidebook for Communicating with Students by Deanna P. Dannels

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the list! Time to go shopping!

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