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Book Clubs


Book Club

Clubs are scheduled for fall and spring terms, beginning in September. Faculty and staff members can sign up for one club and must commit to reading assigned pages and participating in every discussion over a 4 – 6 week period. The Lucas Center provides a copy of the book for participants to keep.

Fall 2017

discussion as a way of teachingDiscussion as a Way of Teaching: Tools and Techniques for Democratic Classrooms
by Stephen D. Brookfield & Stephen Preskill
Discussion as a Way of Teaching shows how to plan, conduct, and assess classroom discussions. Stephen D. Brookfield and Stephen Preskill suggest exercises for starting discussions, strategies for maintaining their momentum, and ways to elicit diverse views and voices. The book also includes new exercises and material on the intersections between discussion and the encouragement of democracy in the classroom.
Thursdays from 1 PM - 2 PM
Sept. 14, Oct. 5, Oct. 26, Nov. 16
enriching the brainEnriching the Brain: How to Maximize Every Learner's Potential
by Eric Jensen
Enriching the Brain shows that lasting brain enrichment doesn’t occur randomly through routine or ordinary learning. It requires a specific, and persistent experiences that amount to a “formula” for maximizing brain potential. Parents, teachers and policy-makers would do well to memorize this formula. In fact, the lifelong potential of all school age kids depends on whether or not we use it. Offering an inspiring and innovative set of practices for promoting enrichment in the home, the school, and the classroom, this book is a clarion call.
Biweekly, Tuesdays from 11 AM - 12 PM
Sept. 19, Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Oct. 31 
facilitating seven ways of learningFacilitating Seven Ways of Learning: A Resource for More Purposeful, Effective, and Enjoyable College Teaching
by James R. Davis & Bridget D. Arend
The core of the book presents a chapter on each of the seven ways of learning. Each chapter offers a full description of the process, illustrates its application with examples from different academic fields and types of institutions, clearly describes the teacher’s facilitation role, and covers assessment and online use. Research on learning clearly demonstrates that learning is not one thing, but many. The learning associated with developing a skill is different from the learning associated with understanding and remembering information, which in turn is different from thinking critically and creatively, solving problems, making decisions, or change paradigms in the light of evidence.
                                            Biweekly, Thursdays from 12 -1 PM
                                            Sept. 21, Oct. 5, Oct. 19, Nov. 2, Nov. 16
far from the treeFar From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
by Andrew Solomon
Solomon’s startling proposition in Far from the Tree is that being exceptional is at the core of the human condition—that difference is what unites us. He writes about families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, or multiple severe disabilities; with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are transgender. While each of these characteristics is potentially isolating, the experience of difference within families is universal, and Solomon documents triumphs of love over prejudice in every chapter.  
Biweekly, Wednesdays from 2:30 - 3:30 PM
Sept. 13, Sept. 27, Oct. 11, Oct. 25, Nov. 8, Nov. 15 
my life as a foreign country My Life as a Foreign Country: A Memoir
by Brian Turner
In this breathtaking memoir, award-winning poet Brian Turner retraces his war experience?pre-deployment to combat zone, homecoming to aftermath. Free of self-indulgence or self-glorification, his account combines recollection with the imagination's efforts to make reality comprehensible.
Brian Turner is the CAS Lecture Series Speaker for fall 2017. Supported by a generous donation from the Seidler family, this CAS series aims to enrich the intellectual life of FGCU and the greater Southwest Florida community through an annual multi-disciplinary public lecture series that brings prominent local and international thinkers to campus and encourages open discussions of important ideas.
Two Monday Meetings from 10 AM - 11 AM
Sept. 18 and Oct. 16
small teachingSmall Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning
by James M. Lang
In Small Teaching, James Lang presents a strategy for improving student learning with a series of modest but powerful changes that make a big difference—many of which can be put into practice in a single class period. These strategies are designed to bridge the chasm between primary research and the classroom environment in a way that can be implemented by any faculty in any discipline, and even integrated into pre-existing teaching techniques. Each chapter introduces a basic concept in cognitive theory, explains when and how it should be employed, and provides firm examples of how the intervention has been or could be used in a variety of disciplines.
Mondays from 2 PM - 3 PM
                                            Sept. 18, Oct. 9, Nov. 6 
smarter faster betterSmarter, Faster, Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity
by Charles Duhig
At the core of Smarter Faster Better are eight key productivity concepts—from motivation and goal setting to focus and decision making—that explain why some people and companies get so much done. Drawing on the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics—as well as the experiences of CEOs, educational reformers, four-star generals, FBI agents, airplane pilots, and Broadway songwriters—this painstakingly researched book explains that the most productive people, companies, and organizations don’t merely act differently.
Mondays from 2 PM - 3 PM
Sept. 25, Oct. 2, Oct. 16




Previous Book Clubs 

Spring 2017
beyond the skills gap   Thinking Fast and Slow       GRIT Book Club  

Fall 2016
fall 2016 book clubs

Spring 2016
Learner Centered Teaching
generation z







Fall 2015

fall 15 books

Spring 2015

Brain Rules



 Fall 2014

Teaching with Your Mouth ShutSkillful TeacherWhat Our Stories Teach Us


 Learner CenteredHow the Brain LearnsOutcasts United 

Spring 2014

 How the Brain Learns








Fall 2013

Half a Life

ECO literate

Learner-centered teaching











Fall 2012

Courage to Teach

Inspired College Teaching

Teaching for Critical Thinking










 Fall 2011

Classroom Assessment TechniquesLearner Centered Edition 1

What the Best College Teachers DoTeaching Unprepared Students  

Straight Man










Fall 2010

What the Best College Teachers