Monday, July 27, 2015

#TitleTalk Takeaways

Wow!  For those of you who participated in last night's Title Talk Twitter chat (moderated by the incomparable Colby Sharp & Donalyn Miller) I'm guessing you felt like you were on a rollercoaster ride and didn't want to close your eyes because you might miss something awesome!  The enthusiasm was inspiring, and the chat encouraged me to once again begin the year as a reading teacher (not just a teacher of reading.)

For those of you who missed it, here are a few takeaways that I gleaned:

Takeaway #1 ~ top 10 books I'm adding to my always-growing-and-it's-the-best-problem-to-have reading list:

  1. Lost in the Sun (Graff)
  2. Mastermind (Korman)
  3. Circus Mirandus (Beaslley)
  4. A Night Divided (Nielsen)
  5. The Underground Abductor (Hale)
  6. The Wild Ones (London)
  7. The Marvels (Selznick)
  8. Bone Gap (Ruby)
  9. How to Read a Story (Messner)
  10. Just a Second (Jenkins)
Would love to hear your suggestions!

Takeaway #2 ~ this genius thought from Colby Sharp:

If we read to them every day, and we give them time to read everyday, and we talk books everyday-things are going to work out.

I've spent a lot of the summer with my head swirling with thoughts and ideas (New Calkins ROUS! Word study integration! Reading strategies for conferring! Writing about reading!) Colby took all of that chaos in my mind and boiled it down to its most essential, and for that, I am incredibly grateful.

Takeaway #3: Padlet
We are so fortunate in my classroom to have been given a suite of Chromebooks; my students have 1:1 access. I've been  trying to figure out a way for students to share their thinking about their reading.  Do I use Whooo's Reading because the social medial aspect is so engaging?  Do I use Google Docs, Slides, etc., because we are a Google school and they need to be experiencing different avenues when writing about reading?  Then, several #titletalk participants mentioned Padlet last night.  While I've heard about it for just under a year, I have zero experience with it.  What I know is that it's simply a way for students to share their learning and their thoughts.  I have put out an SOS to my Twitter PLN, and am spending some time today simply exploring.  This is one reason I am in love with summer: it affords me the time to play around and gather information to form pathways on which my students may travel throughout the year.

Your takeaways?  Please reply or find me on Twitter!


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