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Book Lovers' Weekly Book Chat

English

Neurodiversity Book Club (July) — "Underdogs"

A book club for tweens and teens on the autism spectrum, with ADHD, dyslexia, Tourettes, and other neurowonderful ways of being in the world, and the lovely neurotypicals who support us. This is for the book "Underdogs."
Heather Cook
62 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 7 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
Class
60 minutes
per class
Meets once
13-18
year olds
4-8
learners per class
per learner

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Meets once at a scheduled time
Live video chat, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Great for exploring new interests and different styles of teachers

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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
Learners will experience acceptance of their own unique neurotype and personality, and have the opportunity, through reading and discussion, to see the world through another's experience.

This discussion may provoke some difficult questions around students' own feelings of inclusion and exclusion, however it is not intended as mental health counseling therapy for anyone. While this is a safe space to bring up questions and anxieties, we will not be delving into personal experiences or attempt to treat or provide therapy in any way.
I am neurodiverse myself, having four decades of life experience on the autism spectrum, and I am an autism coach, helping autistic and other neurodiverse kids and their families find and remove the hidden barriers to success and then build positive life experiences. I am also a certified teacher with several years of experience teaching middle and high school.

I also am a graduate of the Great Books Program at St. John's College, a school where every single class, in every single subject, is taught in small group, socratic seminar discussion style, so I have extensive experience leading and participating in small group discussions on difficult, unfamiliar, and sometimes uncomfortable topics. As a high school teacher, I led my students in socratic seminar discussion regularly on a wide variety of books and topics.
Please read the entire book before the class meets. Learners may read via a paper book, e-book, listen to an audiobook, or have someone read it to them—all learning styles are welcome. 
Book Title: Underdogs Author: Chris Bonnello ISBN: 978-1789650358 (paperback) Amazon: https://amzn.to/3msnmQK Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Underdogs-Chris-Bonnello/9781789650358 Audible: https://amzn.to/3khzkdf
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Students are invited to participate in our small group discussion to whatever extent, and in whatever way, they feel comfortable. No formal assessment is given to provide a low-pressure opportunity to engage with literature and peers.
1 hour per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
As this is a dystopian novel that takes place amidst the backdrop of a civil war, and the main characters are rebel freedom fighters, there are a few scenes of violence, though it is not graphic or gory. Most of the book evokes a feeling of suspense through the potential of violence rather than actually showing it.

I don't want to give away spoilers here for those who don't want it, but if you message me I will be happy to go into more detail.

Teacher

Heather Cook
🇺🇸
Lives in the United States
Autism Coach and Teacher
62 total reviews
50 completed classes

About Me

Hi. I’m Heather. I'm a certified teacher, an autism coach, and I’m autistic. And I’m building a life I truly love. It wasn’t always that way. Well, I was always autistic. But the life I love part, that’s had it’s ups and downs. It's been a long... 
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