With the bustle of April and all of the excitement that that brings, the end of the year is fast approaching. But with that end also comes an inevitable beginning; a summer that calls for reflection, relaxation, re-invention, renewed commitment, and also the energy to try new things. I do so adore summer for all of its passion and courage, and also time to just be a reflective practitioner.
It is therefore that I am pretty excited to share that there will be a summer book study of my first book Passionate Learners – How to Engage and Empower Your Students , which will kick off on June 1st and run for four weeks until June 28th. Why June? Because while I am still in school in June, I am also itching for some reflection for the new year. And then comes July, where I take time off in order to be a better person and I hope others do as well.
This book is what started it all, it reflects the journey I have been on, inspired by research and people who did the work before me, to create a more human and engaging experience for all of my students, particularly the kids who felt that school was not a place for them. The book is an honest view into what I did then and what I have learned from my students in order to be a better teacher for them while also working within the restrictions of a public school system. It is not meant as a step-by-step guide, but instead as a way for you to reflect on your own decisions and how you can change your teaching to allow room for your students to have more control and power over their learning experience. While the book study will take place in the Passionate Readers Facebook group, it is not a book focused on reading specifically, but rather overall student engagement.
So join the Passionate Readers Facebook group for a casual and fun exploration of the book, find a community of your own that is trying some of the ideas, or have already implemented them into their classrooms. There will be reflective questions, helpful resources, Facebook Lives, as well as ideas shared in the hopes to make this school year the best one yet.
In the book club we will explore how to:
- Establish or expand a learning experience based around giving space for student voices.
- Be attentive to your students’ needs and share ownership of the classroom with them.
- Break out of the vicious cycle of punishment and reward to control student behavior.
- Use innovative and creative lesson plans to get your students to become more engaged and intellectually-invested learners, while still meeting your state standards.
- Limit homework and abandon traditional grading so that your students can make the most of their learning experiences without unnecessary stress.
So if you are looking for a way to re-ignite your passion, to meet new amazing educators, and find great ideas for how to engage and empower your students, join this book club. There is no commitment once you join, pop in when you can and share when you want.
When: June 1st -June 28th
Where: Online via a private, closed Facebook group
Cost: Free – you do need a copy of the book, though, you can get your print or e-book copy of Passionate Learners here.
Sign up: Please fill out the Google Form in order for me to email you all the details when we kick off. Don’t worry, I don’t use your email for anything else. Also, join the Passionate Readers Facebook Group in order to be a part of the discussion.
Thank you for wanting to be a part of this conversation, I cannot wait for this opportunity to learn together!