Books and Other Recommendations

Here’s books and other things that I recommend. I have personally read and found these useful. I’m recommending them because I believe in their message!



  • Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown.  I got this book at the library, and ended up buying it because it resonated so much for me.  This book is what inspired me to strip my classes down to the essential elements.  While the specific content in the book is more geared towards jet setting hyper corporate types, I was able to take the message an apply it to my classroom.  Pretty much all teachers of any grade level from preschool-grad school do to much. Let’s strip it down to the essentials- that’s where the magic happens!


  • The KnowToBook:  This is an amazing resource put out by Amy Lynn Andrews, who has spent years teaching people who to build blogs and make money online.  My favorite part about this book is the fact that it is constantly updated.  She stores it in a cloud based program and gives you access to it, so you always have the latest version. Like many of my resources, this is not specifically geared towards teachers, but I use her advice in my teaching all the time.  However, if you have a blog or business, this is a must read. This is a bargain considering the amount of constant updating and work she puts into it.

Organization and Time Management

  • ToDoIst: There are lots of to do type list systems, but his is my preferred time management system.  They have a free version which is a good way to see if it’s for you, but the premium is not terribly expensive as these things go. I used the free version for about six months before I caved and upgraded to the premium account.  The main benefits for me of the pro account are location based notifications, task labels, and task comments and file uploads.  Everything is on ToDoIst.

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