This week we tackle one of the most requested topics in the worldgeochat community – ditching textbooks.

There’s a lot of research on this topic – A LOT. (My Masters thesis compared how well students did with and without textbooks.) A lot of that research suggests that textbooks are an essential tool for students, while other research finds that students do better when using less traditional resources.

Our chat on Tuesday is not meant to be a debate on the use of textbooks, rather a discussion of how to rely on them less and take advantage of the myriad other resources that exist. We hope to have a number of guest sharing their materials Tuesday night.

Here are the questions:

  1. At this point, how do you use your textbook?
  2. What do you need to know before you stop using a book?
  3. What other text based resources can you use in lieu of textbooks?
  4. What activities can students do that would replace textbook activities?
  5. What non-text resources can provide students direct instruction?
  6. Share an idea that you could use tomorrow to ditch your textbook.

Looking for some resources on this topic? Start with Sam’s post from last week, 

Ditching that Textbook?

We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Textbooks

Ditch that Texbook

We always look forward to a great chat! Join us this, and every Tuesday at 9 Eastern/8 Central!


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