In preparation for the start of my PGCE at Loughborough University in September 2012 I have ordered a number of books from Amazon. All the books that I ordered were recommended to me by the Loughborough Teacher Education Unit and/or by peers on Twitter.
As I slowly work through these books, I certainly do not regret spending £150+ on them all. They have allowed me to precisely reflect on the quality of my lessons in PE even before I start a PGCE and to develop them to be good/outstanding lessons. A must read for all trainee PE teachers and current/experienced PE teachers – as we all know, CPD does not stop when you finish at school/university.
Below is a list of the books I have purchased from Amazon (and to be balanced, there are other websites/shops to buy these books from). To keep my blogs short, I will review each book individually over time.
Improving Teaching & Learning in Physical Education
Harvey Grout & Gareth Long
The Routledge Physical Education Reader
Richard Bailey & David Kirk
Teaching Physical Education 11-18
Tony Macfadyen & Richard Bailey
Issues in Physical Education
Susan Capel & Susan Piotrowski
Physical Education: Essential Issues
Ken Green & Ken Hardman
Learning to Teach Physical Education in the Secondary School
Susan Capel & Margaret Whitehead
Spark: How Exercise will Improve the Performance of Your Brain
Dr John J. Ratey & Eric Hagerman
How to Survive Your First Year in Teaching
Pimp Your Lesson! Prepare, Innovate, Motivate and Perfect
Isabella Wallace & Leah Kirkman
Youth Development and Physical Activity: Linking Universities and Communities
Don Hellison & Nick Cutforth
It’s Now Possible – Emerging Technologies & Physical Education
Jarrod Robinson (@mrrobbo), eBook
High Performers: The Secrets of Successful Schools
Now obviously this is not a definitive list of books that teacher should read, nor is it a list of must read books. But I would recommend reading every single one of these! If you have read a book that you recommend people to read, please comment below.