Book Clubs for Everyone Using Book Clubs for Professional Development and Student Engagement
Book Clubs • What is a Book Club? • Traditional definition • A book club, also referred to as a reading group, is a collection of readers who participate in the regular discussion of books. Traditionally, a book club consists of several members who meet in person each month to talk about a specific work.
Book Clubs • What is a Book Club? • The advent of web forums and email has made it possible for book clubs to exist online. • Both traditional and online book clubs offer readers the opportunity to participate in spirited discussions, each type has its own set of advantages.
Book Clubs - Traditional • Traditional book clubs offer the benefit of having all members in the same room • Most traditional book clubs are somewhat small in size • Members typically have more control over what books are selected to read • It is often difficult to organize and maintain a book club that meets regularly • The small size typically limits the diversity of views and perspectives that enter into the discussion
Book Clubs - Online • Online book clubs offer several advantages over the traditional reading group model. • Due to the vastness of the web and variety of book clubs available, readers can find a much wider selection of clubs • Online book clubs can be more convenient. • There are also disadvantages associated with online book clubs. • The intimacy of a personal discussion is lost, along with the social interaction
Book Clubs – Virtual • Virtual book clubs offer benefit of members in “same room,” but more convenient • Size can range from 10 – 20 readers • More diversity of views and perspectives • Variety of book clubs available • Easy to organize and maintain • Disadvantage can be technology
Book Clubs – Self Directed • Self Directed book clubs offer local programs more options and control over book selection • Size can range from 1 – 30+ • Option to connect outlying staff virtually • Establish dates and times that work around class schedules or in conjunction with staff meetings • Program focused
Book Clubs for Professional Development Self-Directed (ongoing) • How to start book clubs • How to use book clubs in the ABE/ESOL classroom • eReaders in the ABE/ESOL classroom • Leadership • Special Needs • ESOL • Cultural Awareness • General (Writing, GED) Virtual (facilitated) • Leadership series • Special Needs series • ESOL series • Customized (work with program administrators to create and offer book club around staff development needs)
Book Club – Reader Options • Traditional books • Audio books • Kindles (eReaders) • Policies and Procedures • Library loan policies • Technology loan policies
Book Clubs - Leadership • The Wisdom of Crowds • The Energy Bus • The No Complaining Rule • How Full Is Your Bucket? • Get Off Your “But”
Book Clubs – Special Needs • The Short Bus • Mozart and The Whale • Proust and the Squid (The Story & Science of the Reading Brain) • Taking in Pictures: My Life with Autism
Book Clubs - ESOL • The Mango Season • Little Bee • I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced • The Immigrant’s Way • A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier • God Grew Tired of Us: A Memoir
Book Clubs – Cultural Awareness • A Framework for Understanding Poverty • Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities • Understanding & Engaging Under-Resourced College Students • I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced • The Mango Season
Book Clubs - Other • Writing • The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them • General Education • 5 Minds for the Future • Teacher Man • Kindle in the Classroom • Hunger Games • Three Cups of Tea
Book Clubs - Resources BookBrowse • http://www.bookbrowse.com/bookclubs/ Book-Clubs-Resource.com • http://www.book-clubs-resource.com/ • Publishers’ sites • Author/Book sites • Jon Gordon
Q & A and Discussion • What if you can’t find discussion guides? • How long do individuals have to complete the self-directed PD? • What are the requirements for participation and completion? • Others? • Discussion.
Jody Angelone, Director Northwest ABLE Resource Center firstname.lastname@example.org