Ever since I started teaching, moderating the Book Club at my school was what I loved doing most of all. One of the problems has always been that our numbers dwindle as course work increases because kids find they don’t have as much time to read for pleasure. Now, that I am back at a school, after being at the District level for six years, I find myself looking at everything with a whole new mindset; an Innovator’s Mindset! I’m also passionate about connecting students to each other as I truly believe it positively impacts kids in so many ways.
So my burning question is: How can we make the high school book club experience not just different, but better?
My idea? Go Global
Extending the book club to other schools will help kids to share their love of reading with others, will help students feel a greater sense of community & will help keep the momentum going even when numbers dwindle. It will also show them how they can be Digital Leaders by leveraging technology and social media for learning and sharing their learning!
- To foster a love of reading
- To have students respond to their reading in a variety of ways (face to face, Goodreads, Twitter, Snapchat, etc…)
- To build community both within the school and with other schools
- To consider the perspectives of other students from outside their own school community and to get to know other students through conversations around books
September & early October
- Advertise the book club in your school
- Get to know the students in your own school and introduce the idea of extending the conversations to a global community. Assure them that they can collaborate as much or as little as they are interested in doing so; your first priority is ensuring that your own students feel comfortable sharing with each other.
- Remind them that because we are sharing with a global community, they need to THINK about what they are posting
- Use this Dotstorming wall to suggest and vote on books
- Decide on the way(s) in which your book club will share their learning with others and how often they would like to connect with others (I am going to use Snapchat, Twitter, and Goodreads with my students)
- Decide on meeting times and dates that work for you and your students
- Connect with other book clubs via Hangouts if you would like to extend face to face conversations
- Use the Twitter hashtag #hsgbc, Goodreads, Snapchat etc…as much or as little as you like and as you and your students are comfortable.
Celebrate! Reflect on MMM (Most Memorable Moments) & create an artifact (slideshow, poster, movie, etc..) and share .
GoodReads & Twitter
A student reflection from last year when I facilitated a classroom connection was that students wished that they could continue to connect with the other students beyond our class activity. I’ve been thinking about that ever since. And so, to me, it is important that conversations about books and the relationships my students develop go beyond the “meeting times”. Goodreads and Twitter offer a wonderful opportunity to do this.
No only that, but both Goodreads and Twitter are excellent tools for Digital Leadership: students connect with others who share a common love of reading while actively creating an online presence. Ideally, students created their own account so they can continue to stay connected, if they choose to, beyond the existence of the Book Club at school. Using these platforms can show students how to use social media differently and best of all they can continue to be used into adulthood.
Students (and teacher moderators) in the High School Global Book Club will use the hashtag #hsgbc on Twitter to share quotes & images as they read and contribute posts to our Goodreads account here
My students are so excited to get started.
We’d love for you to join!