Monday, November 17, 2014

Crash Course Week 11: Gratitude and Faith

This week we are reading the last two chapters of the book, "Gratitude" and "Faith." Now is the time of year when we really focus on gratitude. How do you encourage your students to show gratitude? Sometimes it's easy to get down and focus on the negatives. How do you stay focused on the important things in your life?

Next week is the last week of the book club. We will finish up with some concluding thoughts about the book. If you need to catch up on your reading and/or comments to blog posts, now is the time to do it. If you would like to receive 12 PGPs and be eligible for the $1000 professional development grant, you must have made a meaningful contribution to every week's blog post by the end of the day Wednesday, December 3.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Crash Course Week 10: Improvisation

This chapter was titled "Improvisation," but I think it could also be titled "Resiliency." This is a must for a teacher. Can you share with us an example of when a situation didn't work out how you had planned, but the result of your "plan b" was as good as, or maybe even better than, the original results may have been? Or share a time you've witnessed improvisation or resiliency in your classroom.

It's hard to believe, but we only have 2 weeks left in the fall book club. Now is the time to confirm that you introduced yourself (name and school) in the first week's post and that you've commented to all 10 weeks' blog posts. For next week we will read the last 2 chapters, "Gratitude" and "Faith."

Monday, November 3, 2014

Crash Course a Week 9: Bonding and Creativity

This week we're discussing chapters 13 and 14, "Bonding" and "Creativity." How do you build relationships with your students and encourage them to focus on their healthy, beneficial relationships? The chapter on creativity has me wondering what activities you have done with your students that got some of your more introverted or non-participatory students excited and involved. Have you seen any students really come out of their shells due to something new you tried?

After this week we only have 3 weeks left in the book club. If you would like to receive PGPs for your participation in the book club and be eligible for the professional development grant, be sure you have commented to every week's blog post. Also be sure you have introduced yourself in the first week's blog post, including your name and school. For next week we will be reading chapter 15, "Improvisation."

Monday, October 27, 2014

Crash Course Week 8: Expectations

It's important to have high expectations for your students. How do you set high expectations for your students and encourage them to succeed? Have you been surprised by a student who was able to step up to some high expectations that you set?

What great participation we've had in the fall book group! Thank you all for sharing your thoughts and ideas and also for encouraging your fellow participants. Please be sure that you have introduced yourself in the first week's blog post. This is how I am able to find you to send you your PGPs at the end of the book club. Please be sure to include your first and last name and your school and/or corporation. For next week please read chapters 13 and 14, "Bonding" and "Creativity."

Monday, October 20, 2014

Crash Course Week 7: Tenacity and Insight

Do you wonder if anything you're saying to your students is sticking? Have you had opportunities to follow up with former students? If so, what have you learned from them that has affected your teaching or your thoughts about getting through to students? And, related to chapter 11, how do you understand and celebrate the differences between your students?

We're more than halfway through the book club now. For next week we will read chapter 12. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Crash Course Week 6: Love and Generosity

This week's chapters really went well together. How do you show love and support to students in your classroom? I like Kim's question at the end of chapter 9 -- do you/how do you model a spirit of encouragement and support for others?

Our reading assignment for next week is chapters 10 and 11, "Tenacity" and "Insight." This week marks the halfway point in the book club. If you need to catch up on the readings or your comments, take some time to do that this week. Also, if you have friends or colleagues who would like to join the book club, they are more than welcome to. Just be sure they introduce themselves in week 1.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Crash Course Week 5: Talent and Optimism

More great stuff in this week's readings! Have any of your students surprised you with a hidden talent like Tyreece surprised Kim? How do you encourage your students to discover their talents and utilize them? As we all struggle with negativity and complaining, how do you improve your own attitude and encourage your students to be positive? I love Kim's suggestion to follow people's negative comments with postitive comments.

Next week's reading assignment is chapters 8 and 9, "Love" and "Generosity." It's so exciting to see all the great comments to my posts and other people's comments. Keep up the great work!