Wednesday, March 12, 2008


In January I published my first book, Ten Cheap Lessons: Easy, Engaging Ideas for Every Secondary Classroom. It was published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported license, which means I want people to share it, learn from it, and adapt it to create new ideas of their own. I believe in this so deeply that I'm willing to give five readers the chance to check out the book for free.

This is not a contest, nor is it a giveaway. In return for a chance to read and use the book, I'm asking everyone who receives the book to:
  1. Email me ( and tell me who you are, where you're from (city and state), and what you thought of the book.
  2. If you like it, pass it on to someone who you think would also like it, and ask them to email me the above information as well. Then they can pass it on to someone else, and so on.
  3. If anyone along the way doesn't like it, send it back to me (my return address will be enclosed), and I'll give someone else the chance to try it out.
I only need the mailing addresses of the first five readers, so I can ship them the book. After that, I don't want your address. I'm not doing this to build a mailing list, or send junk mail, or for any other nefarious uses of your information. I want to share my ideas and get some constructive feedback. I don't know if I'll ever get these books back, nor do I care--that's sort of the point.

I'm calling this experiment Ten FREE Lessons! If you're interested, email me with your name and address (or questions or concerns you may have). I'll accept the first five requests I receive (if there's a huge response, perhaps I can send more), and we'll see just how far Ten Cheap Lessons can go. Thank you!