CFE Book Clubs

Spring 2022 Book Club

Disruptive Thinking in Our Classrooms (Preparing Learners for their future)

Register to participate

Book club will meet every Thursday from 12:00-1:00PM on Zoom, starting on March 17th and running to April 28th. Open to all faculty, adjunct instructors, staff, and graduate students. The first 20 participants to register will receive a free copy of the book.

The world has and continues to change in ways that are difficult to predict. Regardless of the forces at hand educators play a pivotal role in preparing students for success now and in the future. Eric Sheninger makes the compelling case that the best way to do this is to create a disruptive thinking culture in the classroom and beyond.

Further Details

Broken into four parts, this book combines stories, insight from thousands of school visits, practical strategies, research, and examples from classrooms to assist educators transform their practice. Each chapter ends with a “Disruptive Challenge” that encourages readers to actively apply concepts in their practice. Readers will develop and understanding that:

  • Disruptive change is the new normal. As such, our mindset and practice must evolve to future-proof learning in ways that help students develop meaningful competencies critical for success in an unpredictable world.
  • Comfort is the enemy of growth. We must critically evaluate if the way things have always been done in the classroom set learners up for success now and in the future. Improvement in all we do is a never-ended journey.
  • Learning is a process, not an event. It requires educators to develop and utilize instructional practices and pedagogical techniques that meet the unique needs of all students.
  • Outlier practices play a key role in the development of disruptive thinking. Some have increasing value while others do not. It is up to educators to find the right blend of these strategies to empower learners.

Packed with ready to use ideas and embedded resources including the latest digital tools, templates, and artifacts from real classrooms, readers will learn: 

  1. Why a mindset shift is essential in order to prepare learners for an unpredictable world.
  2. How to implement strategies that focus on developing critical competencies.
  3. How to ensure equity through personalization.
  4. What to reflect on to improve and build powerful relationships.

Structure will be the Disruptive challenge at the end of each chapter as well as open discussions.

Disruptive Thinking book cover
Imagine of Dr. Robyn Miller

Dr. Robyn Miller, Ph.D.

  • Position: Associate Teaching Professor, School of Teaching & Learning
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Imagine of Dr. Robyn Miller

Dr. Allison Goedde, Ed.D.

  • Position: Teaching Professor/Classroom Technology Program Coordinator, School of Teaching and Learning
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Updated: 02/17/2022 09:08AM