I didn’t use twitter much before this school year but I have been dipping my toes into the twitter stream and it feels nice. I unfollowed most of the fluff and starting following school librarians, tech educators and other book lovers. This had been great for my teaching and my library.
You can learn so much and connect with so many people. I found out about World Read Aloud Day which is March 6. I reached out to a my new twitter friend Shannon McClintock Miller, from Iowa, about Skyping read alouds with our students. She graciously agreed and we have been emailing and tweeting plans that included a live pig at the read aloud! It has been so much fun.
Remember back when we were little and you would write to an author? You usually had to send it in care of the publisher and hope that the author would actual receive it. Well twitter and Facebook make this so easy. At home today, in the familiar Amazon box, was Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier. I started reading it and Audrey instantly came over to see, I read it again from the beginning to her and then she took it from me. She spent the next 45 minutes reading it over and over to herself. It was so sweet to see. I took a photo of her and I don’t think she even realized she was so focused on the book.
I posted the photo to twitter and then went to share it on Facebook too. As I was typing in the author’s name it highlighted the way it does when they have a Facebook account. After I double checked to make sure I wasn’t linking up some other random Jesse Klausmeier, (cause you never know) I posted the photo. To my surprise the second comment was from Ms. Klausmeier herself! She also answered my original tweet. She then offered to send Audrey a signed bookplate! How cool it that!! I love the quickness of twitter and Facebook.
Social media opens up so many ways for us to connect outside of our school and I can’t wait to dive more into the stream!