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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Energize for the Coming Year with a Good Book

Break is coming up soon! Summer gives teachers an opportunity to relax and refresh, but it also gives us a chance to learn and explore. Many a teacher spends many an hour thinking about the next school year and the changes that the next school year may bring.

Some teachers use the time to take professional development classes, either in person or online. Or, they may finally get to one of those many books on education and changing pedagogy.  This summer, Gena and Mary Fran thought they wanted to share reading one of the many books on their long list with other educators. Sound intriguing?  

Here are the five books to consider as part of the USD Summer Book Club:

If any of these books pique your interest, fill out this Google Form. Vote for as many as you like. We will chose the two that gather the most votes, then L&I will buy the book for you. If interested, please fill out the form by Wednesday, May 17th. It'll give us a chance to order the book for you.

We will create a Google+ community where we can share thoughts, sketchnotes, and/or audio notes with each other. Those who want to try something new can share voice notes on Voxer. We’ll set up a schedule to read different chapters of the book and starting the week of June 18th (or thereabout), we’ll begin to read and share how the ideas in the book might impact our teaching and student learning. Keeping with “summertime and the living is easy,” the schedule will be a general guideline. Post when you want!

The final discussion/celebration will be held at one of the local coffee shops - L&I treating. The group will decide on the day and time.

Any questions? Contact either Gena or Mary Fran. We hope you will join us in delving into one of these insightful books.

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