Books That Inspire Me

Teaching Gifted Kids in the Regular Classroom by Susan Winebrenner.   I wish I had read this book when I taught in the regular classroom.  It’s filled with practical strategies, printables, and helps to address the unique needs of those high-achieving and gifted students.



The Cluster Grouping Handbook by Susan Winebrenner and Dina Brulles.  This was the first place that I read about Learning Plans for gifted students.  It doesn’t make you ask “Why have a learning plan for each student?”  It makes you ask “Why not?” It comes with a CD of printable forms for gifted programs and I think would be essential for a school in starting up or overhauling their gifted education services.



Poke the Box by Seth Godin.  It’s that little book that makes the voice in your head that whispers “Go ahead, take a chance.” scream from the mountaintops.




The Passion Driven Classroom by Angela Maiers and Amy Sandovold.  It sums up everything I believe about teaching, about learning, and about the classroom.  It’s about realizing why we are there, every single day.





The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha.  It’s, well, awesome.  What’s awesome?  It’s about all the little things in life, fresh towels from the dryer, a high-five from a baby… The things you might not notice, but that make your day.  It’s about life’s glass…the half-full part.





The Dip by Seth Godin.  I never thought I’d enjoy a book about quitting, but that’s exactly what this is.  It’s about knowing WHEN to quit.




  1. Hi Krissy,
    I also love the big book of awesome. This book makes me smile. I wonder if students would benefit from having a small jar of “awesomeness” sitting by the safe seat. If they’re upset, they may need a reminder of awesome things in their lives. These could even be student-generated.

  2. Catherine Rodriguez says:


    I was hoping to be able to print one of your posters to place in classrooms, and would like to know if I could have your permission to use a small logo from my division at work on the bottom right corner. The logo says, “Instructional Technology Outreach.” Would this be ok?

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