Monday, July 9, 2018

Start. Right. Now. Week 6: Behaviors to Beliefs and Back Again

For the last week of the discussion, share how you are going to use what you learned in this book club in your classroom or school next year.

I’m going to delay sending out PGP certificates for the book club until Friday, July 20 so all comments will need to be made by the end of the day Thursday, July 19.

We will do another book club this fall. If you have any book suggestions, please send them to Meri Carnahan at carnahan@doe.in.gov. Books should be education-related, able to be read in no more than 10-12 weeks, cost no more than $25, and available in paper and digital versions.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Start. Right. Now. Week 5: Grow Each Day

We all hear and talk about the growth mindset for students on a regular basis, but how do you practice and/or model it in your professional life? Do you feel like your growth as a teacher has an impact on or correlates to your students' growth?

The authors' "Learn 4" in this chapter got me thinking about some great professional development opportunities that we have in Indiana. First, we have a Twitter chat using our state hashtag #INeLearn. This happens every Thursday night at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central and is moderated by a variety of amazing Indiana educators, including classroom teachers, school administrators, and eLearning coaches. This is a great starter Twitter chat. In addition to the chat, you can use this hashtag on a daily basis to connect with thousands of teachers around the state, country, and world. The second professional development opportunity I wanted to share is the Summer of eLearning conferences. These are regional educational technology conferences hosted by area school corporations. They are low- or no-cost, often bring in nationally-known keynote speakers, and always spotlight rockstar local teachers sharing what they do in their classroom. There are only 5 conferences left this summer, but there may be one near you with spots available. If you miss the 2018 Summer of eLearning, try again next summer or check out the ICE or HECC conference this fall.

Next week we will conclude the summer book club reading chapter 6, "Behaviors to Beliefs and Back Again." I will send out PGP certificates for the book club on Tuesday, July 17 so all comments will need to be made by the end of the day Monday, July 16.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Start. Right. Now. Week 4: Go the Way

How do you "go the way" in your classroom or school? Is there a leader in your school, district, or life that is going the way in their leadership?

Thank you to all of you for your insightful comments and great participation in the discussion. We continue to have a lot of comments, so it is necessary to click on "Load more" (sometimes multiple times) at the bottom of the blog post pages in order to see all the comments. If you have any problems with or questions about the blog, please email Meri Carnahan at carnahan@doe.in.gov.

Next week we will read and discuss chapter 5, "Grow Each Day."

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!