This summer, educators everywhere deserve a break. So set up your hammock, grab a refreshing beverage and join us for the first DEC Summer Book Club. We’ll read 1-2 books throughout the summer that are NOT about design (but are design- and education-adjacent). Participants can choose from various low-stakes ways to engage in discussion, including the #dec-book-club Slack channel and multiple virtual meeting options.
The first book we read is iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy–and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood–and What That Means for the Rest of Us by Jean M. Twenge. iGen provides data-backed insights into the behaviors and motivations of the generation of which most of our student bodies are now comprised. The book generated many ideas for discussion such as how to communicate with Gen Z and how to better engage them in the classroom.
The second book chosen is Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning. This book should provide design educators with many practical ideas for engaging students in new ways in the classroom. We will hold one synchronous discussion about the book.
Small Teaching Discussion
Thursday, July 29
3 p.m. EDT
We will also hold follow-up discussions in Slack about specific strategies and tactics for educators. All are welcome to participate in the Slack discussions, whether or not you are able to attend the meetings.
If you’d like to participate:
- Join the #dec-book-club Slack channel and say hi (click here to join if you’re not yet a member of the DEC Slack community).
- Buy the book (we’re partial to independent booksellers) or borrow it from your local library and start reading!