Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Fall Thank You and Spring Book Selection

Thanks again for all of the wonderful contributions you all made to the fall book club. PGP emails were sent out last week. They were sent to everyone who participated in at least 10 of the 12 weeks of the book club. If you did not receive a PGP email and feel that you should have, please contact Meri Carnahan at carnahan@doe.in.gov.

Congratulations to Adelle Marvin from Twin Lakes School Corporation who is the recipient of the $1000 professional development mini grant. Another grant will be awarded to a participant of the spring book club.

Speaking of the spring book club, it's time to announce the selection. We will be reading Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level by Don Wettrick. Don is the Innovation Coordinator and oversees the media center at Noblesville High School. We are excited to support a local author and to learn about adding innovation and authentic learning to classrooms. The digital and paperback versions of this book can be purchased from Amazon. If you have a group of participants at your school or district of more than 5 people and are interested in purchasing paperback books in bulk, please contact Shelley Burgess at
daveburgessconsulting@gmail.com. Our spring book club will kick off on Monday, February 2nd. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Crash Course Week 12: Conclusion

We have reached the end of the Fall 2014 eLearning book club. This week, please share what you are taking away from this book: lessons learned, an idea that you are going to implement or already have.

Please have all of your comments made to all of the blog posts by 5pm Eastern next Wednesday, December 3rd. I will send out PGPs by the end of the month. Thank you all for participating. This has been a wonderful discussion!

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.