Schmoker Focus Book Study and Online Discussion

ASCD book of the month is Focus: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning.
I wish I could remember where I first heard mention of this book but after reading Results Now by Schmoker I knew any book by this author would make sense with me. Then David Jakes mentioned it in his Educon conversation and I knew it would be good. (I find myself agreeing with David Jakes often even if my tweets and blogs do not reflect that.

After reading the first 2 chapters today this is definitely the right book at the right time, at least for me.
I started a google doc to get my thoughts on paper and I am sharing that with you. Just remember that these are my own random thoughts that I want to be able to come back to and might not make any sense to you. It is a public document so you are welcome to add your thoughts. If I have time I will make look a little more organized. Or maybe not:)

A group of us will also be discussing this on twitter on the next three Wednesday evenings. We will use the hashtag #ascdfocus and you can sign up here. Hmmmmm? How will this affect my leadership? Will I be able to be transparent on twitter?

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  1. This is a great idea, I wish I were able to be a part of the conversations, time is very slim lately.

    I too am part way through the book and find it relevant and informative. To tell the truth it is gratifying to know that what my district is doing is on the right track.

  2. I completely understand about lack of time. Our twitter talk time is bedtime for my girls so I will have to tweet while I lay down with them at night:)
    It is a really good book so far. Only through first 2 chapters tho:)

  3. The book sounds great .I will definitely read it.