Teachers do some of the most important work in society. They do it with little fanfare--often incredibly well and in the face of immense challenge. And though they get "told" a lot--what to do and how to do it--they rarely get studied.
If you want to understand the solutions to teaching's challenges, then you should study top teachers for insight. Find the outliers who do the work best and let them do the telling. That's what I try to do--in slightly different ways--with each of my books: watch great teachers and write it down. I don't feel the need to pretend that i invented the ideas I describe. I just try to describe what talented people do in concrete detail so others can use that to do their best work too.
Teach Like a Champion--which is now completely revised in a much improved version called Teach Like Champion 2.0 that I recommend over the original version--is my most popular book. It's got twelve chapters about every facet of teaching.
Practice Perfect, written with my amazing colleagues Erica Woolway and Katie Yezzi, is a meditation on preparing and developing teachers--and others--through practice. Teaching is a performance profession. You do it live. And that observation is what got us started writing a book.
My newest book is Reading Reconsidered--a look at the toughest and most critical part of teaching: literacy. It's written with Erica Woolway and Colleen Driggs and can I say, it's sure nice to write a book and know you're the weakest member of the team?
I should note that I see all of my books as being about tools, not systems. Teaching is a problem solving endeavor. You use tools, adapt them to the setting and context of your classroom and your personal style. You like some and not others. I believe most of all in the problem solving skills of teachers and offer them tools for that, knowing they will find the best way to apply,adapt, even ignore some of the ideas in my books.