Last night I engaged in #titletalk, a chat that occurs (sadly) the last Sunday of each month from 8-9EST on Twitter. I say sadly because this is one of the most POWERFUL chats in the Twittersphere.
To learn more about it, please visit http://titletalk.wikispaces.com/.
You know you’re in a great chat with amazing educators when 11 minutes in, you already have a list of 10 takeaways. A great way to catch up on the chats is to visit https://tagboard.com/ and search #titletalk. Make sure you have googledocs or evernote handy…you’re going to take lots of notes.
The topic was “Launching Back to School Reading” with a grand finale of book recs for the start of the year.
Here are my takeaways:
(mind you, the chat was 60 minutes, so if you do the math…well, there’s a lot)
- Begin the year with an interest inventory using Google Docs
- Speed Dating- “What Have You Read” style
- Book Talks
- Silent Reading (and conferring)
- Summer Rdg Door Ideas (Like these…)
- Sharing book trailers
- Letter to students before school starts to invite them to help set up classroom library
- Reading Information Night (for parents)
- Shelfies (http://www.annhandley.com/2014/01/30/shelfies-like-selfies-but-for-book-nerds/)
- @theBooksource to log in your class library and begin a new checkout system
- Global Read Aloud Day: October 6th
- No reading logs! Reading GOALS.
- Students interview Parents about their life as a reader and share with class
- #booksandbagels (sounds like a great way to start a book discussion before school, but why not include FAMILIES???)
- take roll using book titles…instead of “here” or “present” students say the book/magazine/article they’re reading
- Adding book recommendations to your email signature (“I am currently reading…”)
- Have something posted for all to see that shares what you’re currently reading
- One Tweep shared his weekly morning starter activity for each day: MON: Book Trailer, TUES: Book Talk by Teacher, WED: Book Talk by Student, THURS: Poem, FRI: Reading Logs/(Goal Sheet)
- And most importantly, this Tweet by THE Donalyn Miller herself: “Grandma’s bookshelf, Barnes & Noble, and the public library–not leveled. Kids need strategies for book selection!”
Here’s some recs for books to start of the beginning of the year:
How will you kick of literacy in your classroom this year? Please share and add to the list.