MRTQ PDN facilitated Book Clubs consist of participants who agree to read a book and reflect upon the assigned chapters prior to weekly meetings. During the meetings, members participate in reflective practice and discuss how to apply what they have learned.
How many people can participate:
- For up to 10 participants-Apply to participate
What are the commitment requirements?
- Reading chapter(s) prior to Book Club meetings
- Attendance/Active participation in meetings
What is the structure of the book club?
- Length of the ‘club’ depends on the number of chapters in the book
- Book Club typically meet weekly or twice monthly
- First meeting: Discuss set up of the Book Club, the concept of the book, outline book discussion, goals for participating – what do they want to learn, do, share as a result of participating?
- Between meetings: Read chapter(s), take notes about questions, ah-ha’s, needs, practice implementing knowledge and skill gained from the reading and discussion.
- Ongoing meetings: Discuss the content of chapter, success, and challenges with trying new skills and knowledge in practice
What are the benefits?
- Peer support while learning about a new topic
- Professional book to add to your library (MRTQ-PDN purchases, Participant keeps if complete ALL book club requirements)
- Earn Professional Growth hours
Examples of past MRTQ PDN Sponsored Book Clubs:
Nurturing the Spirit Book Club: Nurturing the Spirit In Non-Sectarian Classrooms by Aline D Wolf. Topics included Cultivating Stillness, Nourishing Awe and Wonder, Cosmic Education, Care of the Earth, Children’s Inner Peace and Love, Peace in the Classroom Community, School as a Family/Global Community, Spirituality and the Arts.
Social Emotional Learning Book Club: Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children’s Behavioral Challenges by Mona Delooke.
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