Monday, October 31, 2016

Kids Deserve It! Week 5: Chapters 13-15

How do you give your students the chance to show what they are capable of and give them some control of their education? How do you support students who may go unnoticed or feel left out from their peers? Also, feel free to discuss any other ideas from chapters 13-15.

A few quick reminders about the book club and blog:

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  • If you have missed any of the previous discussions, please go back and read and respond to those blog posts. 
Next week we will read and discuss chapters 16-18.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Kids Deserve It! Week 4: Chapters 10-12

How are you a cheerleader for your students? How do you work to maintain a positive attitude and share a positive message?

A few quick reminders about the book club and blog:
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  • If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form
  • To make a comment, just click the comments link below this post and enter your comment in the text box or click "Reply" under another person's comment to respond to them. You will need to be logged in using a Google account. (It is helpful to other participants and to us as we track comments if your Google/Blogger display name is your first and last name. That can be changed in your user profile.) If you are having problems commenting, you might try connecting from another network. For example, if you are trying to comment from school, try viewing the blog from home and commenting from there. If you continue to have problems commenting, please email Meri Carnahan at carnahan@doe.in.gov.
  • If you have missed any of the previous discussions, please go back and read and respond to those blog posts. 
Next week we will read and discuss chapters 13-15.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Kids Deserve It! Week 3: Chapters 7-9

This week we are reading and discussing chapters 7-9. What are some of the little things you do to make your students and the adults in your school feel like they matter? What do you do when you have feelings of doubt?

A few quick reminders about the book club and blog:

  • To receive notifications when posts are made, click Join this site or Follow by email in the bar to the right. 
  •  If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form
  • To make a comment, just click the comments link below this post and enter your comment in the text box or click "Reply" under another person's comment to respond to them. You will need to be logged in using a Google account. (It is helpful to to other participants and to us as we track comments if your Google/Blogger display name is your first and last name. That can be changed in your user profile.) If you are having problems commenting, you might try connecting from another network. For example, if you are trying to comment from school, try viewing the blog from home and commenting from there. If you continue to have any problems commenting, please email Meri Carnahan at carnahan@doe.in.gov.
  • If you missed weeks 1 and/or 2, please go back and read and respond to those blog posts. 
Next week we will read and discuss chapters 10-12. 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Kids Deserve It! Week 2: Chapters 4-6

I was so excited to get started last week that I forgot to give you your reading assignment for this week. We are discussing chapters 4-6. (Each week we will be reading 3 chapters, if you would like to plan ahead.) A lot of this week's reading is about connecting with your students. How have you connected with your students and built deeper relationships? How have you seen this connection really benefit a student (or maybe how it benefited you and your attitude toward a student)? For next week we will read chapters 7-9.

A few quick reminders about the book club and blog:

  • To receive notifications when posts are made, click Join this site or Follow by email in the bar to the right. 
  •  If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form
  • To make a comment, just click the comments link below this post and enter your comment in the text box or click "Reply" under another person's comment to respond to them. You will need to be logged in using a Google account. (It is helpful to to other participants and to us as we track comments if your Google/Blogger display name is your first and last name. That can be changed in your user profile.) If you are having problems commenting, you might try connecting from another network. For example, if you are trying to comment from school, try viewing the blog from home and commenting from there. If you continue to have any problems commenting, please email Meri Carnahan at carnahan@doe.in.gov.
  • If you missed week 1, please go back and read and respond to that blog post.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Kids Deserve It! Week 1: Chapters 1-3

Welcome to the Fall 2016 eLearning Book Club. We are looking forward to reading and discussing Kids Deserve It! Pushing Boundaries and Challenging Conventional Thinking by Todd Nesloney and Adam Welcome. The digital and paperback versions of this book can be purchased on Amazon. If you don't have the book yet, don't worry. You can jump into the conversation a little late if you need to. Just catch up as soon as you're able.

Here are some particulars to help you as you participate in the book club:

  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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 20 PGPs. Additionally, we will award one professional development grant at the conclusion of the summer book club. Educators working in a public school who meaningfully participate in all ten weeks' conversations are eligible for the grant.
  • If you have not already done so, register for the book club by completing this registration form
  • We are jumping right in to the discussion, so your first week's assignment is to introduce yourself in a comment to this blog post and also read chapters 1-3 and respond to this question: what is the biggest fear holding you back from innovating or connecting with educators? Or, if you're doing these things, what are you doing? Just click the comments link below this post and enter your comment in the text box. You will need to be logged in using a Google account. (It is helpful to to other participants and to us as we track comments if your Google/Blogger display name is your first and last name. That can be changed in your user profile.) In your introduction be sure to include your name, school and/or corporation, and what your role there is. (If you have any problems commenting, please email Meri Carnahan at carnahan@doe.in.gov.)