Book Club for Educators


Book Club for Educators

A place for educators to discuss at ANY length professional books about teaching. --Is there a book you want to discuss in depth? --Is there a certain chapter in a book that you find interesting and simply want to recommend? Come join us!

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Steven Brill's "Class Warfare"?

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Making Learning Whole

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Comment by Kate Fanelli on September 8, 2008 at 8:37pm
Yes, I've read stuff by Gee. I've also David Williamson Shaffer's "How Computer Games Help Children Learn." I'd be interested in talking about any of these books that are about game theory and applying those concepts in the classroom. I don't teach using games. I structure my curriculum delivery to take advantage of the principles of learning in games to keep kids motivated, like creating tiers and levels to complete, rewarding incremental accomplishments, creating roles and rules, etc. I haven't read Marc Prensky, but I heard him speak. That's actually what got me started on all of this.
Comment by Linda Barta on July 13, 2008 at 8:11pm
Hi Bobby,

I'm new here. I've never participated in an online book club, but I've facilitated several "live" ones. I think that many of the princples are the same. I've included a link that may be helpful to you.

One thing that I think is important - and maybe you've already tried this: You have to give people something to talk about. Simply mentioning that you're reading a particular book is not enough for some people. Was there some particulary intriguing aspect of the book that appealed to you? Why? Was there something controversial? Was there some challenge issued? You get the picture. You have to make folks want to talk about it. Give them something to bite into.

Anyway, here's the link. I hope it helps.

Comment by Durff on March 22, 2008 at 7:11pm
Anyone read anything by James Paul Gee?

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