When the new Director took office in December, I told her I wanted to hold a book discussion group for teachers. I picked the book, The Tiny Warrior, an inspiring book about reaching one's personal goals. Bonnie, our Director ordered the books, and they just came in. Now I need to advertise the group and begin planning.
In the mean time, Bonnie also asked me to co-facilitate another book group on Understanding Poverty. I am so excited to be able to help!
To facilitate a group you need to remember a few key ingredients:
- Pick a book
- Pick some dates--depending on how long your book is, you can have 1 meeting - 6 meetings. After all, you want everyone to actually have time to read the assignment before the next discussion group meeting.
- Limit the group size. I wouldn't have more than about 10 people. This will allow everyone enough time to share their ideas, questions, and thoughts.
- Focus on a few key questions that will be presented to the entire group, and always include this question, "How can I use this is my classroom?"
- Bring goodies. People like to eat, and food is always a motivator for people to come.
- Promise that it will be fun AND useful. I am not lying; it will be both.