Book Studies


Book Studies

Book Studies

Are there days when you feel overwhelmed by some combination of unruly or poorly motivated students, parents who either give you a hard time or simply aren’t to be found, and never-ending classroom distractions? Do you feel frustrated by burdensome meetings that accomplish little but eat up a ton of time? Are you getting tired pleading and scavenging for basic school supplies? Do you ever wonder if anybody notices or even cares how much effort you put out on a daily basis? Is there a knot in your stomach that tenses every time you hear faculty room chatter dominated by toxic colleagues bashing somebody or something? Do you often feel like a battered boxer, struggling to survive an onslaught of excessive paperwork and competing demands? Have you gotten to a point where you are fed up and think about quitting? Or have you emotionally left, but you hang on because you don’t know what else to do and you need to pay the bills? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this book is written for you.

The world of education has changed over the years, most obviously with the inclusion of technology in the educational setting. Think about how your practice and the tools you use have changed in the past ten or so years. What technologies do you regularly use now that you did not back then? This book offers practical strategies teachers can use to systematically and intentionally incorporate technology into instructional practice.

The Motivated Student: Unlocking the Enthusiasm for Learning provides a reliable blueprint and a set of strategies that are proven to work across a broad spectrum of students. The book describes how to get students in every grade level focused and ready to learn by developing lessons plans and grading practices that allow every student to experience academic success through sustained effort.

In The Innovator's Mindset, George Couros encourages teaches and administrators to empower their learners to wonder, to explore - and to become forward-thinking leaders. If we want innovative students, we need innovative educators. In other words, innovation begins with you. Ultimately, innovation is not about a skill set; it's about a mindset! Upon completion of this book study, you will be inspired to:

  • Connect with other innovative educators.
  • Support teachers and leaders as learners.
  • Tap into the strength of your learning community.
  • Create ongoing opportunities for innovation.
  • Seek more effective methods for measuring progress.
  • And, most importantly, embrace change and use it to do something amazing.

This virtual course is structured to correspond with each chapter in the book. Each topic will have activities and opportunities to reflect on what you read and learn in each chapter as well as checks for understanding. In order to move from one topic to the next, you will have to achieve 100% on each knowledge check. As you read, keep these questions in mind:

  • What did you find surprising or unexpected?
  • What did you read that aligns with your thinking?
  • What will you use in your practice?
  • How can you apply the structures you learned to your campus?

Getting to "Got It!" explains the mental processes students need to gather, organize, and understand information, and describes how educators can infuse their lessons with new routines and teaching approaches that influence students to become better, more independent learners.

Classroom Instruction That Works with English Language Learners combines the language development tools used in McREL's training programs with the newly energized strategies to provide a comprehensive instructional guide for mainstream teachers of students acquiring English and other students in need of language development.