Friday, June 14, 2013

The #CyberPD Book Choice is....

We did it! It was challenging but we made the final decision for our #cyberpd book choice. We were so inspired by all of the lists that everyone shared. We each found several more titles that we have added to our lists. We had some great discussions about lots of books and found it very difficult to choose this year. There were so many great books to think about.

Our choice for the #cyberpd book choice this year is Who Owns the Learning? by Alan November. We saw this pop up on several lists and we were all intrigued so we checked it out. We think that this book will generate lots of great discussion and help us all to rethink how we currently teach. I am really looking forward to reading this book.

If you would like a little background information on the topics that may be discussed, check out the TED talk below that was given by Alan November. I loved it.

Our #cyberpd event will consist of three parts:

July 3rd: Chapters 1 and 2 - Hosted by Cathy Mere at Reflect and Refine: Building a Learning Community
July 10th: Chapters 3 and 4 - Hosted here at My Primary Passion
July 17th: Chapters 5 and 6 - Hosted by Laura Komos at Our Camp Read-A-Lot
Date to be determined: Final chat about the book on Twitter using the hashtag #cyberpd

You can participate in several ways:
  • You can write a blog post with your thoughts about the section we are reading for the week and add the link to your blog in the comments of the host blog.
  • You can add your thoughts directly in the comments of the host blog.
  • You can share your thoughts on Twitter using the hashtag #cyberpd.
  • You can come up with another way to share you ideas. We would love to see a new, creative way to join the conversation.
We hope that you will join us as we read, reflect and share our ideas about this book.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Summer Book Stack - Professional Reads

Every summer I always have a stack of professional books that I want to read. This summer is no different. I am so glad that now I have the whole #cyberpd community to share in this reading with me. My stack is not really a stack so far this summer but here are the books that I am planning to read, wanting to order and read, or wanting to reread.

Books I Plan to Read
I have tried to limit myself a little this year and have refrained from ordering every book that I want to read. I currently only have three books in my "plan to read" pile. You can click on the photo of the books to read more about them. They are:

I couldn't do a traditional "stack" photo because I have Connected from the Start by Kathy Cassidy in e-book form and it will be a while  before Connecting Comprehension and Technology by Stephanie Harvey, Anne Goudvis, Katherine Muhtaris, and Kristin Ziemke arrives. It has an estimated publishing date of 6/15/13. All three of these books look so interesting to me that I can't wait to get started.

Books I Might Order
There are several other books that I would love to read and may order soon. I am holding off on ordering any of them until I see what book we select for #cyberpd this year because I may learn about other books I want to order, too. They are:

Books I Plan to Reread
Of course, there are several books that I love to reread all or parts of each summer to help me refresh my thinking. They are:

I also plan to search through my collection of professional books and reread any books or parts of books that have to do with word work. I want to make some changes to this part of our day and want to go back and sift through the ideas in the books I already own.

Now it is your turn to share what professional books you might choose to read this summer. There are many ways to share. Here are a few ideas:
 Cathy, Laura and I will go through all of the lists that are shared and select one book to read for #cyberpd this summer. We will then let you all know about the dates and details of the event so we can all read along together and join in a blog/twitter conversation about the book we have selected. Be sure to share your list soon and then check back for more details about the event.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Time to Read, Reflect and Recharge

It's that time of year again. The time of year when we all look back at our year and reflect on how it went and how we can make things better next year. Often this means looking for inspiration through reading professional books. Two years ago, Cathy Mere, Laura Komos and I were chatting on Twitter about this very thing and decided to read a book together and share our thinking. That turned into the first #cyberpd book club. The first two books we read together were Conferring by Patrick Allen and Opening Minds by Peter Johnston. It is time to choose another book to read together this summer.

The process begins next Wednesday, June 12th, with everyone who would like to join in sharing their book stack or list of books that they hope to read this summer. You can share it by tweeting a photo of your book stack, writing a blog post about your book stack or leaving a list of the books you hope to read in the comment section of any of our blogs - Our Camp-Read-A-Lot, Reflect and Refine:Building a Learning Community, and here at My Primary Passion.

You can follow #cyberpd on Twitter to keep up with all of the lists and posts and new information on dates and the final book choice.

It has been so much fun to "meet" new people through #cyberpd and to share ideas with each other. I know that it always leaves me feeling refreshed and ready to head back to school with lots of new ideas to try. Please join us again this year. You won't regret it.