On December 7, 2017 the TLT Group offered a book discussion for members. The book, "How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens" by Benedict Carey.
I invited TLT Members to chose a chapter in the book to read and then share at least two ideas that were most significant to them. Sharing could take several options: attend the session or submitting a summary in writing or via video or audio. I created a Google doc sign up sheet. "Sign Up for a Chapter."
I then prepared a slide representing each chapter using Haiku Deck.
Book Discussion "How We Learn" - Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires
The approach was a form of reciprocal teaching in that each person shared information from their chapter. The summaries took different forms, from verbal, to slides, to a document to a audio recording. We had a small group of 7 people and we used ZOOM video conferencing platform to connect.
Some of the lessons learned from this experience:
- Most people only read their chapter not the entire book
- Reading and summarizing one chapter was more manageable.
- Participants who read one chapter were able to come away with insights from the entire book.
- Participants who one chapter had more information and then could decide if they wanted to invest more time in reading the entire book or other aspects.
- We needed a little more time structure to ensure that all chapters were given time. so setting a limit for each chapter would be good.
- Add a few minutes at the end for debrief, what went well, what could be improved and next steps.
- Provide more time to promote and describe the expectations in better detail.
- Decide what book to discuss next by surveying the TLTG Members. See survey below.
- Determine what approach to use. Link to Google search on book discussion questions