I proudly moderate the PYP Book Study group on Facebook and the #pypbookstudy hashtag on Twitter. Please visit the Facebook group if you are interested in joining us. Live Twitter chats will take place regularly. See the calendar below.

Book 1: Transitioning to Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction by H. Lynn Erickson and Louis A. Lanning, 2014.

Live Twitter chats:

Chapters 1, 2 and 3: July 11th at 9pm (HK time)

Chapters 4, 5, 6 and 7: July 25th at 9pm (HK time)

Chapters 8. 9 and 10: August 8th at 9pm (HK time)



“Teacher isolation is the enemy of progress.”

Lynn Erickson and Louis Lanning


Book 2: Learn like a PIRATE by Paul Solarz, 2015.

Live Twitter chats:

Chapters 1, 2, 3 and 4: August 22nd at 9pm (HK time)

Chapters 5, 6, 7 and 8: September 5th at 9pm (HK time)





“From the first day of school on, I want my students to know we’re not just a class; we’re a crew! We’re in this together!”

Paul Solarz


Book 3: The Power of Inquiry by Kath Murdoch, 2015.

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Live Twitter chats:

Chapters 1, 2 and 3: September 19th at 9pm (HK time)

Chapters 4, 5 and 6: October 3rd at 9pm (HK time)

Chapters 7, 8, 9 and 10: October 17th at 9pm (HK time)




“To suggest that learning is not about inquiry is, in many ways, nonsense.”

Kath Murdoch


Book 4: Creative Schools by Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica, 2016.

Live Twitter chats:

Chapters 1, 2, 3 and 4: October 31st at 9pm (HK time)

Chapters 5, 6 and 7: November 14th at 9pm (HK time)

Chapters 8, 9 and 10: November 28th at 9.30pm (HK time)




“This process of personalisation seems to be everywhere, but it is yet to take root in education. This is ironic, because it is in education that personalisation is most urgently needed.”

Sir Ken Robinson


Book 5: Mathematical Mindsets by Jo Boaler, 2015.

Live Twitter chats:

Chapters 1, 2 and 3: December 12th at 9.30pm (HK time)

Chapters 4, 5 and 6: January 9th at 9.30pm (HK time)

Chapters 7, 8 and 9: January 23rd at 9.30pm (HK time)




“The reason so many people think that math is the most difficult subject is the inaccessible way it is often taught.”

Jo Boaler


Book 6: Kids Deserve It! by Todd Nesloney and Adam Welcome, 2016.

Live Twitter chats:

Chapters 1-10: February 6th at 9.30pm (HK time)

Chapters 11-20: February 20th at 9.30pm (HK time)

Chapters 21 – 30: March 6th at 9.30pm (HK time)




“Relationships have always been, and will always be, of the most utmost importance in our schools. They are the catalyst of our work.”

Todd Nesloney and Adam Welcome


Book 7: Making Thinking Visible by Ron Ritchhart, Mark Church and Karin Morrison, 2011.

Live Twitter chats:

Part 1: March 20th at 9.30pm (HK time)

Part 2: April 3rd at 9.30pm (HK time)

Part 3: May 2nd at 9.30pm (HK time)




“We as teachers must acknowledge that when we reduce the amount of thinking we ask of our students, we reduce the amount of learning as well.”

Ron Ritchhart, Mark Church and Karin Morrison


Book 8: Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction for the Thinking Classroom (2nd Edition) by H. Lynn Erickon, Lois A. Lanning and Rachel French, 2017.

Live Twitter chats:

Chapters 1, 2 and 3: May 15th at 9.30pm (HK time)

Chapters 4 and 5: May 29th at 9.30pm (HK time)


“The paradigm shift, to shape the conceptual mind, requires teaching inductively to the concepts, generalisations, and principles using the topics, facts, and skills as supporting tools rather than final destinations.”

H. Lynn Erickson, Lois A. Lanning and Rachel French


Book 9: Teach Like a PIRATE by Dave Burgess, 2012.

Live Twitter chats:

Part 1: June 12th at 9.30pm (HK time)

Parts 2 and 3: June 26th at 9.30pm (HK time)





“If your students didn’t have to be there, would you be teaching to an empty room?”

Dave Burgess


Book 10: Dive into Inquiry: Amplify Learning and Empower Student Voice by Trevor MacKenzie, 2016.

Please note: for this book, we will trial the slow chat format.

Twitter chats:

Chapters 1 – 6: Monday 4th September – Friday 8th September

Chapters 7 – 13: Monday 18th September – Friday 22nd September




Book 11: Essential Questions: Opening Doors to Student Understanding by Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins, 2013.

Twitter slow chats:

Chapters 1, 2, 3 and 4: Monday 2nd October – Friday 6th October

Chapters 5, 6 and 7: Monday 16th October – Friday 20th October


24 thoughts on “#pypbookstudy

  1. I have downloaded the calendar and am ready to try the slow chat format for Trevor Mackenzie’s book!
    So glad it’s a slow chat as I’m moving house and starting a new job all around this time! Can jump in and out when convenient!
    Thanks again for organising


    1. Hi Lee,

      Thanks for the idea of creating a #pypbookstudy Google Calendar. This will be very useful. I’m very pleased that you can join us for the slow chats. You’re very welcome! Many people are saying the same thing about convenience and flexibility, so hopefully the group will gain a lot more active participants.

      Good luck with your moves! Let me know if I can help in any way.




    1. Hi Kikki,

      The dates above show the chat schedule. The next chat (and the first one for ‘Making Thinking Visible’) will be March 20th. We chat over on Twitter, so please keep and eye on our hashtag #pypbookstudy..

      If you have any further questions, please let me know.




    2. Hi Adam. I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of weeks now and enjoying it a lot. Many thanks.

      Which of these books would be best for a teacher about to start planning Units of Inquiry in a school transitioning to PYP i.e. me! I think i need something to help me get inquiry-based learning clearly articulated in my mind. I was thinking about buying The Power of Inquiry by Kath Murdoch but €100+ to get it sent to Spain seemed excessive.


      1. Hi,

        ‘The Power of Inquiry’ is a great book for inquiry teachers, written by the inquiry guru! However, it is difficult and expensive to get hold of! Can your school library provide a copy? Or maybe ask your colleagues locally if they have a copy that you can borrow. If you’re ever in Hong Kong, you’re welcome to borrow mine!

        I also recommend the Lynne Erickson books for conceptual planning, and books by Wiggins and McTighe. The latest Lynne Erickson book is our next book study, so join us if you buy it!



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    1. Thank you so much for the support! It’s fantastic to know that we have your stamp of approval! Thanks for following me on Twitter. You will be able to keep up to date with my blog and the group’s discussions. July 11th will be our first live chat, starting at 9pm (HK time). Keep an eye out for that. I will summarise discussions on here too. It’s a great idea to tweet the best quotes and we will definitely mention you.

      Thanks again for your support!



      1. Hi Rosemary,
        The ‘PYP Book Study Group’ words above are clickable and they’ll redirect you to the Facebook group. If you request access, I’ll approve you.
        We look forward to learning with you!


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