Thursday, April 23, 2015

District 68 Reads!

This school year, classrooms across the district were given the opportunity to participate in three district wide Twitter chats. For each Twitter chat, participating classrooms read the same story and answered the same thought provoking questions about the story. The teacher in each classroom reported out student answers using the program Tweet Deck, which only displays our district comments with #d68reads. As a participating classroom, we were able to share our great thinking about the stories we read, while seeing how other students in first grade through sixth grade answered the same questions. The stories we have read so far are Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio and BOY + BOT by Ame Dyckman. Our final Twitter chat in May will compare the two stories.

Here is an explanation of our Twitter chat by Isabella:

During the Twitter chat it is a fun time we get to express how we felt about a book. Here are the steps for the Twitter chat. First, Mrs. White will read us a book. This time she read Boy + Bot. Second, we answered the questions one at a time. The way we do that is in our teams we all answer the question on our own using a whiteboard. Then, we use our manage mat with 1,2,3 and 4 in our team and one of us will give the answer to the teacher. Lastly, we all come up with a class answer which is what Mrs. White puts on Twitter as our answer. This is what it is like to be in a Twitter chat.

One thing that I love in the Twitter chat is that you can express personal connections to the story. I also like that you can see what people from other schools are thinking about the same book. I also really like that 1st graders through 6th graders get to read the same book but everyone will understand it differently every time it is read.  

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