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The BCAMT also encourages educators to take part in school- or district-based book clubs. If you are interested in starting one up at your location, here are some tips that we think you’ll find helpful:

Is it to talk about the successes and challenges of implementing practical ideas in your classroom? Or, is it to broaden your philosophical understanding of or personal relationship with mathematics? Is it both? Is it something else?

Some titles, such as *Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You’d Had* and *Necessary Conditions*, are all-encompassing and, as such, will need to be discussed over many months. Others, like *Number Sense Routines* and *Open Middle* are more narrowly focussed and lend themselves to shorter “learning sprints.” Decide how often you will come together. Try to find your team’s “Goldilocks” schedule: enough time for each member to read the next chapter, but not so much time that the momentum of the group is lost.

Book clubs are successful when participants follow mutually agreed upon expectations. Beyond social norms, these might include reading the designated section prior to each meeting, trying a task or practice from a previous chapter, or sharing samples of students’ mathematical thinking related to the reading.

If possible, take turns serving as the “host” of each meeting. Organizing and leading every meeting can be a bit too much to ask of a single–already busy–colleague.

Most professional learning titles contain reflection or discussion questions, either within the book itself or through a companion website. Choose one or two questions; there won’t be time to answer them all! Alternatively, pose one of the following sets of questions (and don’t shy away from repeating them at different meetings):

- What did you
*try*from this chapter? What did you*learn*–about your students as mathematicians or about yourself as a mathematics teacher–from this experience? - What’s one quote that popped out to
*you*? Is this something with which you agree, with which you might argue, or to which you aspire? What are some connections you are making between this quote and your practice?

The BCAMT recommends the following titles as candidates for your site’s book club:

by Tracy Zager [General]*Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You’d Had*by Peter Liljedahl [General]*Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics*by Megan L Franke, Elham Kazemi, and Angela C. Turrou [Elementary]*Choral Counting & Counting Collections*by Marian Small [Early Learning]*Fun and Fundamental Math for Young Children**Invigorating High School Math*by Steven Leinwand and Eric Milou [Secondary]by Allison Hintz and Antony T. Smith [Primary]*Mathematizing Children’s Literature*by Nancy Butler Wolfe [Middle School, Secondary]*Modeling with Mathematics*by Geoff Krall [Secondary]*Necessary Conditions*by Jessica F. Shumway [Elementary]*Number Sense Routines*by Robert Kaplinsky [Middle School, Secondary]*Open Middle*by NCTM [General]*Principles to Action**Teaching Math with Meaning*by Cathy Marks Krpan [Elementary]by Thomas P. Carpenter et al. [Early Learning]*Young Children’s Mathematics*

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