Monday, September 9, 2013

Twitter Board

I've added something new to my room this year. A Twitter board.
Class Twitter Board, working
around the fire alarm ;)

I've been finding it harder and harder to connect with my 8th grade tech apps students since I started as an Ed Tech specialist. Most days I'm running from someone else's class to mine. We get started with our work and they are behind a computer for 50 minutes. Yes I walk the room and give feedback but I'm struggling with real conversation. I wanted to get to know more about them.

So, each day I post a big post-it note with a question and a little about myself.  It's on the board when they come in the door.  Sometimes this means writing my tweet as soon as I get to school so it doesn't get forgotten.  At the end of the period, my students get a yellow post-it and post their replies.  I take down their replies before my 5th graders come in so no one gets embarrassed by their tweets being read by others since they are writing about themselves.

I could not be more pleased with the responses.  I love reading them each day.  The more I know about them, the easier conversations will flow.  I've tried to use one of their favorite words each day since I've posted that tweet.  Below are some pictures of some of my favorite tweets and replies.

what's your favorite movie?
Who's your favorite author? 
What's your favorite word?

 I'm not really sure where this will lead.  I don't just want to ask them surface questions all year.  What are your ideas?

2 comments:

  1. What a fun idea! Thanks for sharing, Aimee!

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  2. This could lead to a project idea. Ask questions about their passions or concerns and see if you can develop an activiity to address a passion in a real world activity.

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