Twitter Book Club of the Month: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder

I'm just now buying the Twitter Book Group's book of the month, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. I haven't read this book, although the theme resonates with me.

I am a big believer in unstructured outdoor play! (But even the words “unstructured outdoor play” sound a bit limited to me.)

It is so important for kids to just go outside with nothing planned, nothing on the agenda. Sometimes they need to get out the hose and make a mudpuddle. Sometimes they need to play rockets or whatever their hearts desire.

If you want to join in, it is a twitter bookclub open to everyone. There is a wiki and guidelines for how it works (or how we think it will work.) Add your name to the list of participants and let's experiment.

Wouldn't it be cool to actually take our kids out to freeplay and twitter what we observe to the bookgroup.

OK, now, I've got to go clean the house! I've just downloaded my first book from and am excited about making cleaning a little more pleasant.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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John Martin February 17, 2008 - 12:48 am

Hi Vicki,

This is a great book and a must read for anyone who is concerned about the future of our children and our environment. With the addition of the “naturalist” to Gardner’s multiple intelligences, Louv’s book definitely speaks to those of us who know a child, like my son Hunter, with such an affinity.

I hadn’t heard of the Twitter book club but will definitely look into it. Thanks!

John “edventures” Martin

Ben Fulton February 17, 2008 - 2:58 am

I don’t think I get it. Is there a page or something where you can follow the discussion as it has happened?

Kate Olson February 18, 2008 - 2:20 am

Vicki –
I’m so happy you posted about this! I suggested this book for this month’s twitter bookgroup book after receiving it from my father as a Christmas present. My dad is a science teacher and taught me so much about enjoying and respecting the natural world around us. I look forward to sharing this book with everyone in the bookgroup!

Vicki A. Davis February 18, 2008 - 3:09 pm

John — I’m going to enjoy reading this book. This page tells you how to follow the book group.

Kate — Tell us more about how this is going to work. I want to know more! We just read and twitter it?

Jane Krauss February 18, 2008 - 9:04 pm

I’ve been wanting to read this book anyway but now I have a new impetus for doing so. What is it about shared experiences that helps us get things done? Thanks for inspiring participation. For-us by-us professional learning is getting REALLY EXCITING.

Vicki A. Davis February 22, 2008 - 1:27 am

@Jane – I think we need to convince you to lead a study of your book one month. Could we convince you?

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