Here is the schedule for reading and posting for each chapter:
Week 1 – Chapter 1 Read & Respond by
Week 2 – Chapter 4 Read & Respond by
Week 3 – Chapter 5 Read & Respond by
Week 4 – Chapter 8 Read & Respond by
Week 5 – Chapter 2 Read & Respond by
Week 6 – Chapter 3 Read & Respond by
Week 7 – Chapter 6 Read & Respond by
Week 8 – Chapter 7 Read & Respond by
Week 9 – Chapter 9 Read & Respond by
Week 10 – Final Reflection by
Be sure to read the requirements for each post carefully and respond by 11:59pm on the dates listed above. Each teachers’ number of responses will be monitored and submitted for STAR points. Posts submitted after the weekly deadlines will not be recorded for STAR points. At the end of the ten weeks, the record of participation will be submitted to the Professional Development office.
Weekly post assignments will be posted and open for response by the end of the previous chapter’s deadline. It is encouraged that you post early in the week and return to the discussion to read your colleagues’ posts. You may post more than once and in reflection to or praise a colleague’s post. These kinds of participation will make the virtual book talk more like a face-to-face discussion and more meaningful for all.
(Adapted from Dr. Susan Shaw, Oregon State University)
- Make a personal commitment to learning about, understanding, and supporting your colleagues.
- Recognize and value the experiences, abilities, and knowledge each person brings to discussion. Value the diversity.
- Participate actively in the discussions, having completed the readings and thought about the content.
- Pay close attention to what your colleagues write in their online comments. Ask clarifying questions, when appropriate.
- These questions are meant to probe and shed new light, not to minimize or devalue comments.
- Think through and re-read your comments before you post them.
- Use professional language and avoid slang or text-like abbreviations. Professional development points are being awarded for this experience.
- Never make derogatory comments toward another person or their ideas.
- Disagree with ideas, but do not make personal attacks.
- Be open to be challenged or confronted on your ideas or prejudices.
- Challenge others with the intent of facilitating growth. Do not demean or embarrass others.
- Encourage others to develop and share their ideas.
- Be willing to change and extend your thinking.