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Book Circles, what are they?
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You might call them an embodied poetry of thinking and discussing. They are intended to be fun inside a cooperative learning structure. They involve playful and speculative thinking about thinking. They are complexly intersectional, interconnecting social identities, structures of injustice, and ways of changing worlds, including ourselves.
"Violinists practicing scales and dancers repeating the same movements over decades are not simply warming up or mechanically training their muscles. They are learning how to attend unswervingly, moment by moment, to themselves and their art; learning to come into steady presence, free from the distractions of interest or boredom." From poet Jane Hirshfield in her 1997 essay collection Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry. [Syndicated from BrainPickings: https://www.brainpickings.org and shared at: http://www.dailygood.org/story/1377/the-effortless-effort-of-creativity-maria-popova/
In book circles we read both extensively and intensively. In other words, we
>zoom out to get the big picture,
to heighten enjoyment and widen information, to interconnect (extensive) and we also, differently,
>zoom in for detail,
noticing profound insights (sometimes our own), and closely considering words shifting and gathering (intensive). Both allow us to make personal, collective, and social meanings. We savor the experiences the book cirlcles open doors upon.
Guessing is good! Share your ideas, as they form in your mind,
coming into focus and taking shape. Listen deeply to others, empathize with their feelings, glimpsing additional lives and worlds. Collaboratively interpret together in worldly exchange. Learn, feel, act. Make stories that allow us to flourish collectively.
Let playfulness in!
Book circles will be responsible for exploring the transmedia networks and stories each of these texts opens out among and presenting about these to the class.
Everyone will also read another fifth book, chosen from the list of recommended texts. Book circles will decide if
• everyone will read their own chosen book, or if
• the circle will pick a few for that group to choose among, or if
• everyone in the circle will read the same fifth book.
Consider which option most attracts you and which additional book would most interest you!
Take Back the Economy (xxi) has many ideas for how to do this kind of reading, webbing, worlding:
Our Records begin with:
• circle inventory
• report templates