Who says, teachers don’t need some inspiration themselves from time to time?! A gentle reminder that every bad situation can be faced and turned into a good one; that they are right in fighting the wrongs; and that every good thing they do with student welfare in mind is an achievement by itself!

Teachers are the ones who have been truly and constantly instrumental in inspiring us to attain and give our best to society. They have the power to change mindsets, free us of all mental blocks, help us explore, learn, share, implement and then learn some more…

Although all days are good to express your gratitude towards your teachers, Teachers’ Day provides another wonderful opportunity to do something special for your teachers. Traditionally, students give flowers, chocolates, cards to their teachers to express their love and respect on this day. Special school assemblies are also organized to entertain teachers.

How about changing things a little?! Three ideas as food for thought:
1. How about school authorities or students stocking up the school library with some books that teachers would love to read? Dedicate that section of the library to teachers alone.

2. Many a times, teachers gift motivational books to their students as a prize, when they do well. How about student(s) gifting good inspirational books to their teacher(s) for a change? :)

3. A Teacher’s Farewell? How about collecting funds from other teachers and/or class students to gift a good set of inspiring books to the teacher who is moving away?!

10 amazing books to gift on Teachers’ Day

#01. To Sir, with Love

About the Book:
To Sir With Love is the story of a dedicated teacher who turns hate into love, teenage rebelliousness into self-respect, contempt into consideration for others – the story of a man’s own integrity winning through against all the odds.

#02. A Beautiful Mind: The Life Of Mathematical Genius & Nobel Laureate John Nash

About the Book:
True story of John Nash, the mathematical genius who was a legend by age thirty when he slipped into madness, and who — thanks to the selflessness of a beautiful woman and the loyalty of the mathematics community — emerged after decades of ghostlike existence to win a Nobel Prize and world acclaim.

#03. Einstein

About the Book:
Einstein’s success came from questioning conventional wisdom and marvelling at mysteries that struck others as mundane. He had just the right blend of imagination and wisdom to transform our understanding of the universe.

#04. There Are No Shortcuts

About the Book:
Year after year, Rafe Esquith’s fifth-grade students excel. They read passionately, far above their grade level; tackle algebra; and stage Shakespeare so professionally that they often wow the great Shakespearen actor himself, Sir Ian McKellen. Yet Esquith teaches at an L.A. innercity school known as the Jungle, where few of his students speak English at home, and many are from poor or troubled families. What’s his winning recipe? A diet of intensive learning mixed with a lot of kindness and fun. His kids attend class from 6:30 A.M. until well after 4:00 P.M., right through most of their vacations. They take field trips to Europe and Yosemite. They play rock and roll. Mediocrity has no place in their classroom.

#05. Teach Like Your Hair’s On Fire: The Methods and Madness Inside Room 56

About the Book:
Possessed by a fierce idealism, Esquith works even harder than his students. As an outspoken maverick of public education, he admits to significant mistakes and heated fights with administrators and colleagues. We all—teachers, parents, citizens—have much to learn from his candor and uncompromising vision.

#06. Motivating Students Who Don’t Care: Successful Techniques for Educators

About the Book:
With proven strategies from the classroom, this resource identifies five effective processes the reader can use to reawaken motivation in students who aren’t prepared, don’t care, and won’t work. These processes include emphasizing effort, creating hope, respecting power, building relationships, and expressing enthusiasm. Each process is fully explained and illustrated with proven strategies from the classroom.

#07. Work Hard. Be Nice.: How Two Inspired Teachers Created the Most Promising Schools in America

About the Book:
When Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin signed up for Teach for America right after college and found themselves utter failures in the classroom, they vowed to remake themselves into superior educators. They did that—and more. In their early twenties, by sheer force of talent and determination never to take no for an answer, they created a wildly successful fifth-grade experience that would grow into the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP), which today includes sixty-six schools in nineteen states and the District of Columbia.

#08. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teacher Tales

About the Book:
You won’t be able to put down these stories about new and experienced teachers, tough kids and sweet kids, funny and embarrassing moments, amazing connections and relationships, and all the ups and downs of being a teacher today.

#09. The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them

About the Book:
Straight from the front line of urban America, the inspiring story of one fiercely determined teacher and her remarkable students. With powerful entries from the students’ own diaries and a narrative text by Erin Gruwell, The Freedom Writers Diary is an uplifting, unforgettable example of how hard work, courage, and the spirit of determination changed the lives of a teacher and her students.

#10. The Emergency Teacher: The Inspirational Story of a New Teacher in an Inner-City School

About the Book:
Christina Asquith presents a moving first-hand account of her year teaching in one of Philadelphia’s worst schools. Told with striking humor and honesty, her story begins when the School District of Philadelphia, in desperate need of 1,500 new teachers, instituted a policy of hiring “emergency certified” instructors. Asquith, then a 25-year-old reporter joined their untrained ranks. More challenging than her classroom in the crime-infested neighborhood are the trials she faces, including a corrupt principal, the politics that prevented a million-dollar grant from reaching her students, etc. Her story will inspire, educate, and entertain.

A recent addition to our recommendations (suggested by an anonymous reader) –

#11. Tuesdays With Morrie: An old man, a young man, and life’s greatest lesson

About the Book:
Every individual has a mentor – someone they look up to, someone whose reflections stick with them as they move on with their lives. Morrie Schwartz was Mitch Albom’s mentor. As Mitch spent a significant amount of time with Morrie every Tuesday, a routine that brought about an unconscious difference in Mitch’s life.

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