Interactive Book Reports and More by Marjorie Schiering, Ed.D.


Projex Board's welcomes witty and wise Marjorie Schiering, Ed.D., Author of Learning and Teaching Creative Cognition: The Interactive Book Report who shares her ground breaking ideas on how to
bring student learner active engagement in learning into the classroom. Her post below provides an exciting new way to integrate technology into English class through interdisciplinary (math, science, social studies, reading, art, music, and physical education) assignments. It's time to dust off your iPads, pull out your poster boards and get your students involved with learning!

“The idea of the Interactive Book Report (IBR), Schiering style, originated from a concept of involving learners in project-based techniques to assist in retention of material. Similar to riding a bicycle, the components of muscle memory combined with cognitive and meta-cognitive skill processes, I believe brings about recall via experiential learning.”

Providing instruction on a multi-modality way of making and playing educational games (see Schiering also explains how designing and ‘playing-the-pages’ of the IBR relates to knowing what one is thinking. This is done by using her 1999 Reciprocal Thinking Skills Chart, which is in the aforementioned book and where definitions of thinking skills, involving Beginning Awareness, Critical and Creative thinking, and higher order thinking skills/Meta-cognitive Processes. Each is explained with definitive statements and examples.

Schiering's philosophy of education not only includes this technique of her interactive methodology (IM), but incorporates a high level of social cognition. This is where individuals come to practice appreciation of others’ processing and learning styles for a strong sense of self-efficacy. Learners are involved in collaborative and cooperative teaching-one’s-self experiences. All of the Interactive Book Report pages are self-corrective, which allows for student learner empowerment. Use of technology and tactile or kinesthetic modalities are the mainstays in designing and creating interdisciplinary playable pages of the IBR.

The book Teaching Creative and Critical Thinking: An Interactive Workbook (Schiering, 2016) has ideas from 85 teacher candidates, student learners and teachers regarding: hands-on, technology-based and/or web-quests for differentiating instruction through the IM. Instructions for these educational games with alignment to learning standards are provided in addition to utilized Thinking skills. Write to for further information.

Marjorie Schiering books, including most recently What's Right with You: An Interactive Character Development Guide, along with her other three books, are available on Books with an author search for Marjorie Schiering.

“My educational philosophy involves, at its core, each teacher being a person who defines and models respect, trustworthiness, being responsible, fair, caring, and good citizenship. These are the six international traits of a person of good character. Subsequently, when teaching there are two concepts I emphasize in the K-16+ classroom. These concepts involve the following statements: ‘No Put Downs...Only Lift Ups’, my quote from 1976, and ‘I am enough’, which was incorporated into my classes in 1990 at the elementary level and then college undergraduate and graduate levels.

“In my opinion, these ideas should be practiced on an ongoing daily basis. Personally, I often find this a bit difficult, as it requires forethought in what one says and does. Nonetheless, in order to have a sense of community and belonging, in a classroom setting, there needs to be awareness that we are part of that environment, as opposed to separate from our students or they separate from us. ‘We are the caretakers of future generations. Parents put their most precious gifts, their children, into the hands of classroom teacher every school day. Additionally, I think it should be noted that we are all teachers of something, regardless of whether we have that ‘educator’ title. What we first teach wherever we are is our character.

“One more thought I continually emphasize is that when going into any teaching/learning situation we not think about what’s in it for us, but think about what we can give to that experience. Our life is not forgetting things that happened to us, but forgiving them may be separated and said, ‘Our life is not for getting, but for giving’.”

Marjorie Schiering's Educational Philosophy courtesy of Molloy College where she teaches Graduate Education classes and English Department Children's Literature .





Anni Lorenzini