I just got my hands on a new book that has me really excited–Creating Cultures of Thinking: The 8 Forces We Must Master to Truly Transform Our Schools, by Ron Ritchhart. Just check out some of these quotes:
…I often begin by posing a question: What do you want the children you teach to be like as adults?
Wagner distilled these into what he calls seven survival skills: critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration, agility and adaptability, initiative and entrepreneurialism, communication skills, the ability to analyze information, and curiosity and imagination.
…what emerges is a rich portrait of the student as an engaged and active thinker able to communicate, innovate, collaborate, and problem-solve.
…we have to make a distinction between two types of expectations: directives and beliefs.
The book already has a lot of buzz on Twitter, with at least one chat discussing the book on a regular basis. From what I’ve read so far, the ideas are truly transformative and the format of the book lends itself to easily putting the ideas into practice. A wonderful combination that makes it a perfect candidate for a summer version of Book Study Monday.
To give everybody time to order the book, let’s plan for the study to begin on Monday, June 8, and we’ll follow the schedule shown below.
For each of the scheduled dates, I’ll publish a post with discussion points from the chapters we’ve read. Add to the discussion by adding a comment to the post. Jump in whenever you want!
So let’s get started! Head on over and use the Look Inside feature to preview the book. Leave a comment describing what’s got you excited about this book study!