07 August 2008

West School Book Club

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Thirteen years ago or so, I started a book club at the school where I taught as part of a professional development plan I had to do for my personal growth as a teacher. My principal, Mrs. Heberle, thought of the idea and asked me if I would like to implement it. I was thrilled to do it as I was leading literature groups in my classroom and wanted to "experiment" with adults to see what new strategies I could try with my students.

Well, let's just say that adults are different than kids.

Our first meeting we read Snow Falling on Cedars. Of the twenty plus that came to my house that night, only six of us read the second book. It seems that Snow may have been a bit too literary to choose for our first book. All of us that have stuck it out for all these years still think of it fondly!

We meet monthly at a local restaurant and discuss not only the monthly chosen book, but books we have read and want to read. Next month we are reading The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency and will meet at Prison Brews to discuss it. Hmmm.... beer and books, sounds like a great combination for us elementary folk.

Here we are at Woody's in Ashland, home of great burgers and hand cut fries. We discussed The Shack. FABULOUS conversation.