Not sure if you have heard this or not, but there are several changes coming to the Kokomo region in the fall. One is the move to twice a week daily classes; the other is the Common Book.
There will be Common Time built into the weekly schedule which can be used for a variety of activities or events. Group meetings. Special speakers. Focused seminars. Study groups.
During Common Time, the Common Book can be discussed by the students, either student-led or faculty driven.
A committee was formed to select the Common Book and after much consideration This I Believe II was selected.. The subtitle is "The Personal Philosopies of Remarkable Men and Women," and it is edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman.
It has been suggested that ALL instructors use parts or all of the Common Book in their courses in some way, as a reading to relate to content, as an outside assignment, as a springboard for discussion of a topic related to their coursework, or any other way deemed appropriate by the instructors.
I see the book as a way to integrate new discussion into my classes. Summarizing techniques can also be used after reading selected chapters. My students can practice note-taking, paraphrasing, and selecting quote-worthy passages from what they have read. Hopefully their research skills and transferring what they read into what they write will improve.
If you get a chance, take a look at the book. Tell me what you think, either of the Common Book, Common Time, or this year's selection. Comments are welcome!