By: Anne M. Beninghof
Book reviewed by: Merrie Darrah
The January book-of-the-month "Caffeinated Learning" , by Anne Benninghof, is a great professional development resource. This book is helpful for school leadership, coaches, or anyone involved in facilitating meetings, delivering presentations or webinars.
This books' ease of use, straight-forward key takeaways, and reflective questions presented after each chapter is helpful. I especially appreciate Anne's view of the adult learner as an integral part of the whole professional development process and the importance of interactive engagement. Reading this book generated new thinking, and rejuvenated the whole process of professional development. This book is a great tool for generating ideas in the delivery and planning of professional development. Chapters are concise, delivering insight through humor, example and illustration. Key takeaways are summarized and the reader is drawn into participation through next-step questions.
Beninghof's book is the perfect balance. She brings to the table extensive real-world experience doing professional development and a wealth of knowledge about best practices. In this book, Beninghof provides a concise but thorough guide that takes you from conception to implementation, seamlessly connecting research with practical suggestions to make our lives as trainers easier and create the most effective sessions possible.
Why I Recommend This Book:
I highly recommend this book to anyone involved in facilitating meetings, delivering presentations or webinars, whether two days or two hours in length. Beginners and "pros" alike will glean plenty of valuable nuggets from this book.