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The #PhysEd Book Club

For most of us, summer has finally arrived and we get to spend a couple of months recharging our batteries and getting ready for the new school year. One of the things I enjoy most about the summer break is having a lot more time to read. I feel like I have been slowly accumulating books on my bookshelf ever since Christmas… yet haven’t really had a chance to go through all of them!

There’s no doubt that reading can be a great way to keep learning as a teaching professional and help inspire new ideas for our physical education programs. Also, getting a chance to discuss all of the cool things we are learning allows us to dive deeper into some of these new ideas and gain a better understanding of them.

This summer, I’d like to invite you to join me in my reading and help start a new #PhysEd Book Club. Here’s how the club will work:

1. Registration

Joining the club is easy: all you have to do is join the #PhysEd Book Club Google+ Community.

2. Format

Every 1st of the month, we will be starting a new book. Book titles will be selected based on a vote from the community (we’ll open polls and share them via social media)*. Upcoming book selections will be announced a week in advance to give everyone time to get the book before the start of that month’s discussion.

Throughout the month, we will discuss the book we are reading via Google+ posts and Hangouts. All discussions/Hangout video transcripts will be shared within the #PhysEd Book Club Google+ Community.

*For the first month (July 2014), just to get things started, we will not be voting for the first book title. Voting for titles will begin as of the second month of The #PhysEd Book Club (August 2014).

3. Types of Books

Although this is a #physed book club, that doesn’t mean that the books we read have to focus on physical education only. Taking time to look outside of our own industry is an incredible way to come up with ideas that are both innovative and creative. That being said, book club members are encouraged to submit ideas for titles that may or may not have a direct link to physical education (or even education in general).

So that’s it! I’m excited to see if this takes off and really hope that it does! Let me know what you think about this project in the comments below. While you’re at it, feel free to leave some suggestions of book titles you feel should be in the inaugural #PhysEd Book Club polls.

Thanks for reading and happy teaching!

Joey Feith is a physical education teacher from Canada and the founder of ThePhysicalEducator.com. Be sure to never miss out on any of ThePhysicalEducator.com’s future posts by connecting with us via RSS, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Email.

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Joey Feith is the founder of ThePhysicalEducator.com. He currently teaches elementary physical education at St. George’s School of Montreal in Quebec, Canada.

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