Please take a few moments to introduce yourself and share about your understanding and/or experiences with action research.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Janice & Meg
January 18 – February 29
Attention, attention! Read all about it - Action research and advancing English Language Arts! Join us for several weeks of a collegial conversation focused on English Language Arts and how to use inquiry to advance students’ learning. All educators are welcome - elementary, secondary, college level, and teacher educators.
We will provide a suggested schedule for responding to the chapters in the book, because some people find that helpful.
For others, it’s more appealing to read at their own pace and respond to points that stand out along the way. Either way is fine; this is meant to be an informal, collegial conversation. For the same reasons, we will include some suggestions for ideas to respond to, but any and all responses are welcome, whether they are specifically to the book, to connections from you own experience, or responses to another commenter. Please feel free to share your own thinking, use the general prompts, or reply to the specific prompts for each chapter. We look forward to hearing your thinking!
~ Janice and Meg
Thank you to all who participated or followed along in our book discussion. Please share any closing thoughts, takeaways, or related books for teachers or students. Also, we hope to see you at our Spring Literacy Conference on May 4th at St. Joe’s, where Lisa Lucas will be our keynote speaker. See details under ‘Meetings and Events: Spring Literacy Conference’.
Chapters 5, 6, & 7 offer a wide variety of strategies for eliminating distractions, focusing our attention, and making the most of positive, collaborative relationships. Lisa guides us through ways to apply these strategies to our personal and professional lives. What are some strategies that you are trying out or thinking about implementing with your family, colleagues, or students? For example, are you trying to cut down on multitasking or perfectionism? Are you finding ways to form more positive habits? Have you considered the Appreciative Interview in Chapter 7? Please share any ideas or adaptations that you are gaining from this book.
At the end of Chapter 3, on page 68, Lisa talks about moving from "should to could” and she suggests that we “rent a strategy.” What are some practices or strategies that you could try out to reduce unhealthy stress? In Chapter 4, she shares a variety of ideas for self-awareness, self-care, and self-compassion, including mini-retreats. Which ones resonate with you, and/or might be applicable to your students?
As we continue reading let's consider how we incorporate gratitude into our personal or professional lives. Are there any practices that you already find helpful or might want to try, for yourself and/or with your students? Please share these thoughts or any other connections that you are making as you read Practicing Presence.
You are welcome to post about any chapter at any time. Here are some guidelines,
however, for those who find it helpful to have a schedule:
January 27th - February 2nd: Chapter 2
February 3rd - February 9th: Chapter 3 & 4
February 10th - February 16th: Chapter 5
February 17th - February 23rd: Chapter 6 & 7
February 24th - March 2nd: Chapter 8 and summary
As you are getting into the book, please share any thoughts or connections you are making. If you chose to, you might want to share what the word ‘presence’ means to you. How do you incorporate presence into your daily life and that of your students?
Join us for our online book club, featuring Practicing Presence: Simple Self-Care Strategies for Teachers by Lisa Lucas. Please start by briefly introducing yourself, including the level or subject area in which you work. (If the comment form is not appearing, click on "Comments" in the upper right of this message. Comments will appear and a form will be at the bottom.)