Monday, September 15, 2014

Crash Course Week 2: Chemistry

"Relationship building isn't always easy, but I have learned that it is the single most effective way to engage and motivate my students."

"The most powerful relationships occur when we willingly give of ourselves and seek to understand others wholeheartedly."

These are two quotes that really jumped out at me in this chapter. Relationships are so important in education and life in general. What thoughts do you have about relationship-building in your classroom? Do you have an example of a student with which you struggled until you were able to build a stronger relationship? What advice do you have for other teachers who are working on building relationships with students?

Thank you all for the tremendous participation last week. We've got over 70 people participating already. If you know of others who would like to join us but were not able to participate last week, please let them know it is not too late. For next week, we will read and discuss chapters 2 and 3, "Magic" and "Courage."

Monday, September 8, 2014

Crash Course Week 1: Introductions

Thank you for joining us for the Fall 2014 eLearning Book Club. The book club will last about 12 weeks and each week we will read 1 or 2 chapters, depending on the chapter length. A discussion question or prompt will be posted in the blog every Monday morning and you should post a comment back to it. You are also encouraged to comment back to other participants' responses. All participants who make a meaningful contribution to every week’s discussion will be eligible to be awarded a $1000 professional development grant and will receive 12 PGPs.

Today we will start our discussion of Crash Course: The Life Lessons My Students Taught Me by Kim Bearden. Let's use this week to meet each other. As a comment to this post (click on "Comments" below this post), please tell us your name, your school/corporation/organization, and what your role there is. (If you have any problems commenting, please email Meri Carnahan at Your reading assignment for next week is chapter 1, Chemistry. Happy reading! 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Fall Book Club Begins Soon

You've still got some time to prepare for our fall book club. Beginning this Monday, September 8th, we will begin reading and discussing Crash Course: The Life Lessons My Students Taught Me by Kim Bearden. This book is available for Kindle and iBooks and is available in hard back. We will begin with a week of introductions, and then each week a discussion prompt will be shared in the blog and participants will be invited to respond, sharing their thoughts, ideas, and/or questions. All participants who make a meaningful contribution to each week’s discussion will be eligible to win a $1000 professional development grant and will be awarded 12 PGPs. More than one grant will be given, so buy the book, join the blog (by clicking on "Join this Site" or "Follow by Email"), and dive into the discussions that begin on September 8th.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Summer Book Club Conclusion and Fall Book Selection

Thank you all again for a great summer book club! I hope you got a lot out of it and are energized and ready for the 2014-15 school year. Just a few last items to finish up this book club. I sent out PGP emails last week. If you participated at least 6 of the 7 weeks, you should have received a message from me. If you did not receive your PGP email, please contact me at

I'm happy to announce the winners of the $1000 professional development grants, Jodi McClure and Tara Ulmer. Congratulations ladies, and thank you for being such great contributors to our conversations!

Last, but not least, I am happy to announce our Fall eLearning Book Club selection. Beginning the week of September 8th we will be reading and discussing Crash Course: The Life Lessons My Students Taught Me by Kim Bearden. This book is available for Kindle and iBooks and is available in hard back. Please join our conversations beginning the week of September 8th.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Thrive Book Club Updates

It has been a record-breaking book club. We had 133 people post over 900 comments! There have been some great connections made. Feel free to share your Twitter handles here, follow each other, use the #INeLearn hashtag, and continue to communicate with and support each other there. Also, if you are an eLearning coach, please join our eLearning Coach Community. If your school is currently a Google school or you are moving that way, you might want to join the Indiana Google Educator Group. And if you're looking for support with the new standards, there are over 50 Communities of Practice that you can join.

Over the next few days I will be pouring through the comments and sending out PGP documentation to participants. The winners of the professional development grants will also be selected. And we will be announcing our fall book club selection. Stay tuned for all of this information.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Thrive Week 7: Conclusion

It's hard to believe, but it's time to wrap up the summer book club. The discussions have been rich and enlightening and it has been wonderful to see so many connections made. Feel free to share ways that you can be found outside of the blog -- Twitter, blog, etc. For this last week's discussion, please share what changes, additions or enhancements you are going to make in your teaching this year due to reading this book. Please have all of your comments to all blog posts completed by Friday, July 25.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Thrive Week 6: Empower Your Students

How are you giving your students a voice in your classroom? What ideas do you have to empower your students to take more interest in and control of their education? What questions or concerns do you have that others in the book club could help with?

This is the last chapter of the book, but we still have one more week for the book club. Next week come prepared to share your take aways from the book.