Book clubs or literacy circles are some of my most favorite explorations to do with kids. Making space for deep discussions, led by the students, and framed by an inquiry question is something that I love to be a part of. That’s why we have done book clubs twice a year for the past many years. I would not do more than that, kids also want to have experiences where they are not forced to read a certain book with peers, even if they have a lot of embedded choice. And as always, when in doubt, ask your students how often they would like to do them, make space for their ideas and allow for personalization and ownership.
Our online book club has chosen its next nonfiction reading. After an energetic round of voting, the winner is… Shoshana Zuboff, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Fut…
In the past few days, thanks to the folks in the #clmooc book study and the authors of the book — Affinity Online: How Connections and Shared Interest Fuel Learning — which we are reading to better understand networks of shared interests, there have emerged a number of different entry points for reading the book and engaging in conversation with us.
Our next book club reading has been decided! After a furious polling, the winner is…
…Zeynep Tufekci, Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest.
Led by James Naughtie, readers talk to acclaimed authors about their best-known novels
History is not something that is behind us, it is something that we move through
History is never cut or dry, because it happened that way, it doesn’t mean it had to happen that way
We have to think of [fiction] not as an addition to history or an alteration of history, we have to think of it as a parallel record, because fiction deals with that which by its nature never comes along to the historical record. The private life, the private thought, the private word, the unexpressed impulse, the thought repressed, the dream, the inner being, the workings of the psyche
The problem with anyone who talks well is that they often talk too much
Eventually I achieved sharing as a moral imperative, but I never learnt it
A book is made by two people – a writer and a reader
You don’t really research fiction, except through life
I know there are failures on every page and I am tormented by that. That is why I write another book, so that I can get it right.