Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Fall Book Club Begins Soon

You've still got some time to prepare for our fall book club. Beginning this Monday, September 8th, we will begin 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. We will begin with a week of introductions, and then each week a discussion prompt will be shared in the blog and participants will be invited to respond, sharing their thoughts, ideas, and/or questions. All participants who make a meaningful contribution to each week’s discussion will be eligible to win a $1000 professional development grant and will be awarded 12 PGPs. More than one grant will be given, so buy the book, join the blog (by clicking on "Join this Site" or "Follow by Email"), and dive into the discussions that begin on September 8th.

5 comments:

  1. I am Rhonda Williams and I teach first grade at Moran Elementary in the Penn-Harris-Madison School District. I have seen this book highly recommended by several teacher blogs and can’t wait to get started.

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  2. Hi! I am Kristie Shoup. I am a special education teacher at Winchester Community High School (Randolph Central School Corporation). I am looking forward to reading the book and participating with the blog.

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  4. Greetings! I am a media specialist in MSD Warren Township (Indianapolis) I really have enjoyed previous book chats, although I will be the first to admit that I need a better completion rate! Looking forward to "seeing" old friends and meeting others.

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  5. I agree with many of the comments above. The first experience of witnessing the power of establishing a relationship by purposefully learning about what brings a child joy took place in a center city school. It went way beyond what I have ever learned in college courses or even my previous teaching experiences. In building a relationship with students (and their parents) was truly the “magic wand” that opened the door to the academics. I was amazed at the results – both academically and in the improved school climate. I carry these experiences with me each day as I greet, teach and meander through the daily struggles!
    I would love to teach creatively as described in chapter 2. I really think this is the best doorway to quality learning. But…..the constraints of time and money seem to prohibit teaching this way often. Sometimes, it seems that politics and standardized tests govern what is taught…..

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