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.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Thrive Week 5: Listen to Yourself

Do you have a hard time listening to yourself over the other loud voices and opinions around you? What about overcoming the fears that you have as a teacher or finding alignment between your values and actions? What tools and ideas have you used to accomplish these things? Or are you still struggling with this and would like some suggestions from your network?

We only have one more chapter to read and two more weeks of the book club. Please catch up on your reading and comments to posts (including comments to other participants' comments). Also, if you did not introduce yourself the first week of the discussion, please do so.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Thrive Week 4: Keep Your Work Intellectually Challenging

What really spoke to you in this chapter? How are you keeping your work intellectually challenging while finding a balance between content and your focus on your students? Are you utilizing any of the methods Meenoo mentioned in this chapter?

As I was reading this chapter I was reminded again of two opportunities that we have in Indiana that I mentioned last week, but I think they pertain to this chapter, too. They are the new Online Communities of Practice in Google+ and the Summer of eLearning conferences. Both of these offer opportunities for teachers to share the wonderful things that they are doing in their schools and classrooms, encouraging other teachers to try new things, but hopefully also getting feedback from their network.

Next week is 4th of July, so we will take the week off. For the week of Monday, July 7 read chapter 4, "Listen to Yourself." If you are behind in your reading and commenting, don't worry. Take the next two weeks to catch up. And while you're commenting to blog posts, don't forget to read comments from other participants and comment back to them.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Thrive Week 3: Join and Build Networks

As I was reading this chapter, I was thinking about all of the networking opportunities that Indiana educators have right here at home. Some that I know of are:
If you know of any other networking opportunities, please share them with the group.

How have you connected with a network of educators? Are you connecting with a local group or a national group or both? How are utilizing your networks?

I just found out about a couple of opportunities to connect with Meenoo Rami and others reading Thrive. The first is a Twitter chat this Wednesday at 7pm Eastern at #EdThrive. (Thank you to Liz Chatwell for sharing that on Twitter.) Also, the publisher of Thrive is hosting an online summer book club and will be reading four of their books, including Thrive. There will be a free webinar with the authors to kick off the book club this Friday at 4pm Eastern. Find more information on the website.

For next week, please read chapter 3. Also, if you have not introduced yourself, please jump back to the first week's post and introduce yourself to the group.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Thrive Week 2: Turn to Mentors

Meenoo Rami shared some great thoughts about mentors in this chapter. Have you found mentors to be important in your career? How have you found your mentors? Have you been someone else's mentor? If so, how has that affected your teaching?

Next week we'll read and think about networks. Read chapter 2 and we'll start discussing next Monday.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Thrive Week 1: Introductions

Welcome to the 2014 Summer eLearning Book Club. Today we will start our discussion of Thrive: 5 Ways to (Re)Invigorate Your Teaching by Meenoo Rami. 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. Your reading assignment for next week is chapter 1. If you have not purchased the book yet, you can buy it in paperback or as an ebook. Happy reading!