Willingham After much deliberation, I’ve decided to do another online summer book club. I’m supposed to be taking the summer off but last year’s discussion of Influencer: The Power to Change Anything was so much fun that I can’t resist doing it again…

This year’s reading for the CASTLE summer book club will be Why Don’t Students Like School? A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for Your Classroom. The author is Dr. Daniel Willingham, Professor of Psychology at The University of Virginia.

Getting started

  1. Complete the online participation form by midnight, June 10 (Central time).
  2. Buy the book!


  • We start June 15. Be ready.
  • Keep up with the reading. No excuses.
  • Be an active participant in our online discussion area.
  • Dissect ideas vigorously but also be nice to other discussants.
  • Help foster interesting dialogue and connected community.


  1. 6/15 to 6/21 – Introduction, Chapter 1, and Chapter 2 (40 pages)
  2. 6/22 to 6/28 – Chapters 3 and 4 (40 pages)
  3. 6/29 to 7/5 – Chapters 5 and 6 (32 pages)
  4. 7/6 to 7/12 – Chapters 7 and 8 (34 pages)
  5. 7/13 to 7/19 – Chapter 9, Conclusion, and Wrap-Up (20 pages)

This offer is open to all leaders and change agents, at whatever level they’re operating (hint: this might be a good summer activity for some of your local principals or superintendents!).

I’m looking forward to some interesting discussions. Hope some of you will join me this summer!

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