By Lindsey Lipsky, MEd
#TBookC, or Twitter Teacher Book Club, is an online social experiment designed to bring educators and education stakeholders across the globe together for reading, celebration, learning, and fun. After all, teaching is a tough job, we could all use some down-time and collaboration from time to time, no?
Created in January of 2015, with the help of my amazing Professional Learning Network (PLN) members and friends Lisa Berghoff @LisaBerghoff and Lisa Friedman @JewishSpecialEd, #TBookC has so far been an astounding success with some impressive reads in its first three months.
In the true spirit of online collaboration, all #TBookC books are suggested by group members like you, and then voted on for our monthly read and chat. So far, all #TBookC picks have been highly engaging and divergent in their topics, but with one theme: when people from varying backgrounds, locations, and experiences come together in one place on transformational reads, amazing things can happen.
Here is a look back at some of our #TBookC picks and reads so far for 2015.
January: Teach Like a Pirate, by Dave Burgess #TLAP
The January #TBookC Pick, Teach Like a Pirate,was voted upon by over fifty educators on Twitter for our first #TBookC chat, and helped ignite a #TLAP revolution. Teach Like a Pirate is an inspiring read chalk full of unique tips on engaging educators and students alike in the classroom. Based on a powerful acronym for teaching success (P-passion, I-immersion, R-rapport, A-ask/analyze, T-transformation, E- enthusiasm), the spirit that author Dave Burgess brings is truly contagious!
To read more about the fabulous takeaways from Teach Like a Pirate and our #TBookC January chat, read the #TBookC January Summary here by Lisa Berghoff.
February: How Full is Your Bucket? by Tom Rath #HFIYB
For February, our amazing group of educators across the globe came together and chose How Full is Your Bucket? by Tom Rath. How Full is Your Bucket? or #HFIYB is an inspirational read that is a fabulous resource for those looking to infuse positivity, collaboration, and effective communication into their classrooms and every day lives.
Not just for educators, this book brings us the power of positivity with the magic 5to1 ratio (we need at most 5 positive interactions for every 1 negative interaction) and the idea of the dipper and the bucket; for every positive interaction with another, we are adding to another person’s bucket, and our bucket in turn. Stay tuned for our #TBookC February Summary post coming soon!
March: Wonder by RJ Palacio
#TBookC participants voted for our first fictional read, Wonder by RJ Palacio for March. An eye-opening, tear inducing, heart-warming read, the main character, August Pullman, is a magical ten-year old with wisdom on life, love and friendship well beyond his years. Centering on the message and power of kindness in the face of adversity, in Wonder author R.J. Palacio writes, “Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.”
The #TBookC chat on this inspirational read (for both kids and adults alike!) is sure to make waves, and hopefully change some lives. Join us for the Wonder #TBookC chat starting on March 5th at 8pm CST.
To review some of the amazing #TBookC book chats, check out our #TBookC Storify Summaries– live summaries of our #TBookC Twitter chats.
Want to help #TBookC choose our future reads? Please fill out this google document with title suggestions. Each month, taking choices from this list, we compile the top 3 suggestions and then vote on them the last week of each month for next month’s read.
Want to join the #TBookC chat and community? Add your name to the #TBookC Google Doc here, or pop in on Thursday nights at 8pmCST/9pmEST. Also, sign up for a #TBookC chat reminder via text or email by visiting https://www.remind.com/join/tbookc and get chat notices right in your inbox.
We can’t wait for you to join us!