Monday, June 18, 2018

Start. Right. Now. Week 3: Show the Way

How do you show the way in your classroom or school? How do you focus on the future while being in the moment? What other parts of this chapter would you like to discuss?

There are a lot of comments to the first two blog posts. Because they don't all load automatically, you have to click on "Load more" at the bottom of the page a few times. If you submitted a comment but don't see it, make sure you load all of the comments then you should see yours.

 Next week we will read and discuss chapter 4, “Go the Way.”

Monday, June 11, 2018

Start. Right. Now. Week 2: Know the Way

One thing that jumped out at me in this chapter was the Know Your Stuff section beginning on page 30 because you all are living this! Each of you is taking some time away from your relaxing summer break and working to become a better teacher! What are your thoughts about this or any other part of this chapter?

Continuing on with the topic of being lifelong learners, the Summer of eLearning has just begun. This is a series of conferences supported by the Office of eLearning and hosted by local school districts. Theses are all low- or no-cost conferences with sessions presented by local rockstar teachers and often nationally-known keynotes. Visit the Summer of eLearning page to see what’s available in your area.

As you may have seen in the comments to last week’s post, Susie Highley would like to host a Voxer conversation alongside this blog discussion. From Susie's comment last week: "It is completely optional (and will not replace the blog entries). I have participated in some Voxer book groups before, and I really like being able to hear others' voices. (Plus, let's be honest, it can be a lot easier to talk than type everything out!) I belong to different Voxer groups for various purposes, and use it almost daily. Voxer is a free walkie-talkie type app for your phone. (It can be accessed on a desktop, but often acts a little wonky.) There is a premium version (which I have) which most do not use. If you would like to join the group, please email me at shighley@gmail.com I thought perhaps trying something new like Voxer would be one way to demonstrate learning something new." Thanks, Susie!

There are a lot of comments to last week's blog post...322 as of this morning! Because they don't all load automatically, you have to click on "Load more" at the bottom of the page a few times. So if you submitted a comment but don't see it, make sure you load all of the comments then you should see yours.

Next week we will read and discuss chapter 3, "Show the Way."

Monday, June 4, 2018

Start. Right. Now. Week 1: Teaching Is Leading; Leading Is Teaching

Welcome to the Summer 2018 eLearning Book Club. We are excited to read Start. Right. Now.: Teach and Lead For Excellence by Todd Whitaker, Jeffrey Zoul, and Jimmy Casas and have some great conversations. We'll get started with the first week's assignments and conversation topic below, but first some information that will be helpful as you get started:


  • A prompt or question will be posted here in the blog every Monday morning. That blog post will also include the reading assignment for the following week.
  • If you don't already have one, you will need to create a Google account using your first and last name before commenting to the blog post. If you already have a Google account, ensure that your first and last name are set in your profile. (Log into Google, click on your picture in the top right corner, click on My Account, then on Your personal info.) This will ensure that when you enter a comment in the blog your identity is clear to other participants. 
  • To receive notifications when posts are made, click Join this site or Follow by email in the bar to the right.  
  • Respond to our post and/or respond to a comment by another participant each week. The more interaction there is between participants, the richer and more beneficial the conversation will be. To view comments and make a new comment, click on the post title or the comments link below this post. Make a new comment by entering it in the comment box near the bottom of the page page. To reply to another participant's comment simply click reply below their comment then enter your comment in the reply box.
  • In addition to the amazing connections and powerful learning of being in the book club, participants who make a meaningful contribution to every week's discussion will be awarded 12 PGPs, 2 PGPs for each week of participation. 
  • If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form. This is how we get email addresses to send PGPs to at the end of the book club so it is important to register.
This first week of the book club you have a few assignments. First, introduce yourself to others in the book club sharing your name, for what school and/or district (or other business) you work, and what your role there is. (If you are a classroom teacher, please include what subject(s) you teach.) Second, read chapter 1, "Teaching Is Leading; Leading Is Teaching." In chapter 1 the authors set the stage for the book. What are your thoughts on the four core behaviors (know the way, show the way, go the way, and grow each day) and how those fit into your role as a teacher who leads or a leader who teaches?

Next week's assignment is to read chapter 2, "Know the Way."

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Summer 2018 eLearning Book Club Begins in One Week

We will get started with conversations on the book Start. Right. Now.: Teach and Lead for Excellence by Todd Whitaker, Jeffrey Zoul, and Jimmy Casas a week from today, on Monday, June 4th. The book club will last 6 weeks and will be worth up to 12 PGPs. You can prepare for the book club in a few ways. Don't forget to register for the book club. The last batch of confirmation emails were sent out today (Monday, May 29th a noon eastern), so everyone who has registered should have received a message from Meri Carnahan. (If you believe you registered, but did not receive a confirmation email, please register again.) If you have not already purchased the book, you can do so on Amazon. A prompt or question will be posted in the blog every Monday morning. That blog post will also include the reading assignment for the following week. To receive notifications when posts are made, click Join this site or Follow by email in the bar to the right in the blog. If you don't already have a Google account, you will need to create one using your first and last name. If you already have a Google account, ensure that your first and last name are set in your profile. (Log into Google, click on your picture in the top right corner, click on My Account, then on Your personal info.) This will ensure that when you enter a comment in the blog your identity is clear to other participants. Last but not least, if you’re ready to begin reading you can read chapter 1, “Teaching Is Leading; Leading Is Teaching.” I’m looking forward to a great book discussion!

Monday, May 7, 2018

A Few Announcements

Thank you again to all who participated in the Social LEADia book club. PGP certificates were sent to all registered participants on April 26th from Meri Carnahan. If you didn't receive that email, please contact Meri at carnahan@doe.in.gov. We are working to schedule a webinar on using social media with students and we still need a high school teacher to present. If you are a high school teacher using social media to improve and enhance the learning of your students, please contact Meri at carnahan@doe.in.gov ASAP.

I'd also like to share our book selection for the summer. We will be reading Start. Right. Now.: Teach and Lead for Excellence by Todd Whitaker, Jeffrey Zoul, and Jimmy Casas. The book club will begin the week of June 4th. Register for the summer book club here. You can purchase the book from Amazon and start reading now!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Social LEADia Week 11: Ignite Students' Passions

Can you see using any of the ideas that Jennifer shared in this chapter to ignite your students' passion? Or do you have any of your own ideas? Where do you plan to go from here with the ideas you've gotten from reading this book and from the great discussions over the last 11 weeks?

We have reached the end of this book club. I really hope all of you feel like you have benefited from participating. I will send out PGPs next Tuesday, April 24, 2018. Make all of your comments by the end of the day Monday, the 23rd. If you’d like to find out if you’ve commented to each week’s blog post, simply open the post (by clicking on the post title on the main blog page) then you can search the page for your name. Please note that the comments for the first week's post extend to a second page. To view them all, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "Load more."

Monday, April 9, 2018

Social LEADia Week 10: Instill Empathy, Justice, and Character

Do you see anything from this chapter that you can use in your classroom? What thoughts do you have about ideas shared in this chapter?

We only have one week and chapter left in the book. Our conversation will conclude next week with chapter 11, "Ignite Students' Passion."