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A winter reading list for Tibetan teachers

Hay teachers and educators! Our much awaited winter vacation is fast approaching. We deserve this holiday after almost ten months of intense and rewarding works. It is the time for travels and tours, family and fun, rest and reading, and many more.

In this post, I would like to share a few books to add to your winter reading list. This list is just a start-up and fellow educators are requested to add to the list. As Miller wrote: "lifelong readers start with encountering great books, heartfelt recommendations, and a community of readers who share this passion".

Reading professional literature and engaging in reflective practices are integral parts of a transformative professional development.

Here are some of my best picks. All of these books are in the Teachers' Reading Corner in your school. So better run and grab your copy or you can order them on amazon.in as well (though some are bit expensive ☺).


pic11. The book whisperer: Awakening the inner reader in every child by Donalyn Miller is a must-read book for both parents and educators. It gives us a comprehensive guide on nurturing reading habit and creating a culture of reading in the schools. Don't think that this book is only for language teachers, and remember that reading and literacy is the foundation of good education. This book has helped me immensely in becoming a better reader.


pic22. Positive discipline in the classroom by Jane Nelsen. We have long said good-bye to corporal punishment, and still if your classroom is getting out of hand or if disciplinary problems are adversely affecting your teaching, it is time to take recourse to this book. An excellent repository of resources and tips on positive discipline, this book dwells on wisdom such as 'connection before correction' and many more. It makes us question and rethink many of our existing practices.


pic33. What did you ask at school today by Kamala V. Mukunda is one of my favorite books on educational psychology. She has the gift of rendering most complex research on child psychology in a language that is lucid and accessible to an ordinary reader. A teacher herself, Kamala's book reaffirms our faith in the progressive pedagogy. Kamala is a member of Tibetan Education Advisory Committee.



pic44. Emotional intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ by Daniel Goleman is an international number one bestseller. Laced with interesting and heartwarming anecdotes, this book debunked the traditional notions of 'intelligence' and offered to us an interesting glimpse into human emotions and roles it play in our lives. His books have huge implications for education. Goleman has coauthored another book on emotions with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, titled Destructive emotions.


pic55. Democratic schools – Lessons in powerful education edited by Michael Apple and James Beane narrate a number of inspiring cases of schools or educators making lasting difference on a critical and democratic education. These case studies help us understand that we are not 'alone' in the battle, and that the problems we encounter in education are quite similar in many cultural and geographical settings. Extremely uplifting and packed with innovative ideas, this book is a must-read for educators.


pic66. Teach like yours hairs on fire is written by Rafe Esquith, a recipient of Compassion in Action Award from the Dalai Lama. In the prologue to the book, he says: "I am painfully aware that I am not super human. I do the same job as thousands of other dedicated teachers who try to make a difference. Like all real teachers, I fail constantly. I don't get enough sleep. I lie awake in the early-morning hours, agonizing over a kid I was unable to reach. Being a teacher can be painful". An inspiring journey of a teacher and his students, this book is listed in The New York Times bestsellers.


pic77. Dus-rabs kyi rnga-sgra: Bod-kyi slob-gso'i kha-phyogs dang dge-mtshan gleng-ba by Khenchen Tsultrim Lodoe is probably one of the first books on education and pedagogy in the Tibetan language. Khenpo's writings combine traditional Tibetan wisdom with modern pedagogical perspective. The book dwells on two main issues – teachers' responsibilities and language education. Adapted from a lecture given at a teachers' meeting, this book is written in a language that is easy to read and understand.


There are countless other good books on education and pedagogy. But I will stop here. I urge fellow teachers and educators to add to this list. Hugs!

By: Kalsang Wangdu