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.

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.