The Learning Edge
Book Club: A Way to Stay Connected
By April Huard, Off-Campus and Online Team Leader
Last March, everyday life changed drastically for most of the world. Although Clonlara students were able to continue learning and growing without too many interruptions, many were missing the regular social interactions that they were forced to suddenly give up.
A book club that met via Zoom provided an opportunity for a group of Clonlara high schoolers to connect with their peers. Led by one of our advisors, it allowed students to discuss literary elements as well as share reflections and opinions about their book each week.
One participant, Letta, shared her positive experience of those interactions.
- I love reading and live in a very secluded place. When lockdown started, everyone else was suddenly secluded as well. That was when I was invited to join the Clonlara book club.
Book club combined my love for reading and the social contact we were all craving. We had weekly meetings scheduled on Zoom and would agree upon an amount of reading everyone felt comfortable with. Zoom fit our needs perfectly, and I have in general had much better experiences with it than any other similar platform.
We had a lot of fun discussions about the assigned chapters, the characters, and important themes in the book. During these discussions students were able to express their opinions and bring across their feelings about a certain chapter or character.
How often have you read a passage of a book and just wanted to rant out loud or scream for five minutes (I know I have many, many times). The good thing is that you don’t have to rant alone. You have a bunch of other people who have read the same book and are just as angry/happy/sad as you.
Our conversations in general were very educational, and they opened my mind to different ways of interpreting and new ways of thinking.
Book club, for me, was extremely fun and thought provoking. I think it would be great for any booklover but, in my opinion, would be especially great if you are not such an avid reader. It’s not too fast paced but is enough motivation to get you through any book. You have people to discuss it with and motivate you even further if the story doesn’t do that on its own. Who knows, you might just discover a whole new hobby.
Clonlara teachers and advisors are currently creating more book clubs for fall 2020 as well as other opportunities for interaction and sharing among students.
Do you have an idea for a book to share? Or a new club to start this year? Please tell us in the comments.