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From Literature Circles to Blogs

  • Title:From Literature Circles to Blogs: Activities For Engaging Professional Learning Communities
  • Author:Susan Church, Margaret Swain
  • Publication Date:January 2009
  • Grade Level:K-12
  • ISBN:9781551382449
  • Publisher:Pembroke

From Literature Circles to Blogs helps build trust and rapport and expands the possibilities of self-directed professional growth. This flexible resource is organized around specific learning experiences and can be easily adapted to individual needs. Each chapter focuses on a particular type of learning experience, from professional reading to collaborative creations; includes examples of how to apply the learning experience in specific contexts, grades, and subject areas; suggests ways to incorporate technology; and discusses how teachers can apply what they have learned.

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Author Bio

Susan Church received her bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin, her MEd degree in secondary education from Boston University, an MA in special education from Acadia University, and her PhD from the University of South Australia. She has served as a classroom and resource teacher, special education consultant, curriculum and subsystem supervisor, superintendent of education services, assistant superintendent of schools, and graduate and undergraduate teacher educator. She is currently a part-time faculty member at Mount Saint Vincent University in Nova Scotia. In recent years she's also worked as a curriculum consultant and writer for literacy materials in Jamaica, and recruited educators in Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates.

Margaret Swain received her degrees from Dalhousie University and Mount St. Vincent University, where she currently teaches. She is also involved with international teacher recruitment and writing curriculum for the Jamaica Ministry of Education. Her past experiences include teaching in elementary classrooms, serving as an elementary school principal, secondary principal, university instructor, and professional development leader.

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