A Synopsis of the #LDCchat TweetUp
What is a tweet up? Once I got past the mental image of a Tweety Bird fan club meeting, I realized that it is actually a relatively new, unique, and rich way to both network and communicate with education colleagues. So much so that I wanted to write about it, so this is where the blogosphere meets the Twitterverse.
Our May 2nd #LDCchat TweetUp focused on Close Reading and the role this has to play across subjects and grade levels. We started with a basic twitter training for those new to the medium, and then progressed to a live twitter chat that focused around seven key questions. This transitioned into a panel discussion with educators from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines answering six different questions in turn.
The overall experience was a good one, and left me trying to reflect on and digest all of the information and ideas shared through this energizing day. This lead me to search for the relevant hash tags and review the full twitter feed from the days’ events. I found the activity incredibly insightful and figured that others might also find this information helpful. So I went ahead and searched for, gathered, and typed up all of the top tweets from the day… which proved to be quite a bit more work than I bargained for as well as a lot more information than I realized. Whether you were at the #LDCchat in person, participated digitally, or were unable to directly participate I think the information gleaned from the tweets shared is valuable on multiple levels while helping to shed some insight into the world of Close Reading.
How I searched the top tweets for today
I searched for #WATeachLead and #LDCchat, and then recorded the tweets that showed the highest combination of favorites and retweets. I think there may also have been a slight bias in regards to who was in my network, but I’m purely guessing this in regards to Twitter’s search algorithm. Overall, I hope you find this collection of tweets as helpful and informative as I did.
Best Tweeted Advice for the Twitter Newbs Before Getting Started
There was a lot of good advice shared by my colleagues in person. The following is the most favorited and retweeted twitter highlights from this initial advice:
- @kristinleong tweeted: “NO PRESSURE but just this PSA: ‘practice tweets’ are real tweets. Forever and ever on The Internets. Just saying. #WaTeachLead #LDCchat”
- @kristinleong tweeted: “’140 characters is no excuse for poor writing.’ –@maren_johnson #LDCchat #WaTeachLead”
- @MsHoughton tweeted: “’You’re about to enter the craziest, awesomest professional learning network ever.’ ~@NancyCarroll welcoming all the new Tweeps. #LDCchat”
Questions for the Twitter Chat
These questions were posed to both experienced and new #ToTs (Teachers on Twitter) after the initial review and training session. As a group, we were a little tepid at first, but once we got going I think a lot of good thinking really gelled and came to fruition.
Moderated by the Amazing @NLemanski:
- #LDCchat Q1: What are some key features of a close reading lesson? #LDCchat
- @mmoser tweeted: “A1 worthy text and an explicit structure that helps students break the ‘Teacher Frustration Cycle’ #LDCchat [picture embedded in tweet]”
- @lisa_hollenbach tweeted: “A1: Texts for close reading must be meaningful, purposeful and, if possible, paired with other texts to ‘talk’ #LDCchat”
- #LDCchat Q2: Why is close reading important? #LDCchat
- @baritoneblogger tweeted: “A2: Close reading is important because our Ss are forgetting the importance of individual words. No longer does the gist satisfy. #LDCchat”
- @NLemanski tweeted: “A2: Google’s rubric script (Goobric) also allows me to paste a completed rubric WITH comments onto S work that they can improve on #LDCchat”
- @MsHoughton tweeted: “A2: I love what @DaskalosDouglas pointed out about close reading helping students examine their own lives more closely. #LDCchat”
- #LDCchat Q3: What are some of your favorite “non-traditional” close reading texts? #LDCchat
- @thathorn tweeted: “A3 Non-traditional text: podcast transcripts (e.g. 60-Second Science bit.ly/1|1UeUK) #LDCchat”
- @brookster29 tweeted: “A3: Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll #LDCchat”
- @baritone blogger tweeted: “A3: My seniors will be focusing on perspective next yr: Crash, Fruitvale Station. How might whites read this? Blacks? Young? Old? #LDCchat”
- #LDCchat Q4: What are some tools/strategies that lead to deep levels of text analysis and inquiry? #LDCchat
- @NancyCarroll tweeted: “A4: @activelylearn is one of my favorite resources for close reading #LDCchat #WATeachLead”
- @Kumu_Kristen tweeted: “A4: Falling in Love with Close Reading is an AMAZING book to give students tools/strategies and a process to use #LDCchat”
- @halliemills tweeted: “A4: Sentence stems for helping students talk and write about the text. #LDCchat”
- #LDCchat Q5: What is the role of annotation in the close reading process? #LDCchat
- @kristinleong tweeted: “A5: Teaching annotation is great for visual learners. HINT: We’re all visual learners. #WATeachLead #LDCchat”
- @Kumu_Kristen tweeted: “A5 for younger students I think symbols are a great way to annotate. Using !, ?, L(learn), smiley face, etc. #LDCchat”
- #LDCchat Q6: What LDC mini-tasks best support close reading in your discipline? Ldc.org/how-ldc-works/… #LDCchat
- @mmoser tweeted: “A6 it’s imporant to have agreed upon structures amongst teams. This is my 9th grade example: corelaborated.psesd.org/wp-content/upl… #LDCchat”
- @lisa_hollenbach tweeted: “A6: Close Reading Photographs and @mlewiswa Ted talk mt are my favs #LDCchat”
- #LDCchat Q7: What final close reading tips would you like to share before we wrap up? #LDCchat
- @brookster29 tweeted: “A7: ‘Falling in Love with Close Reading’ by the awesome @iChrisLehman #LDCchat”
- @Teachem2Reachem tweeted: “A7: Hey – the end of the yr is actually kinda far away, so try something NEW w/your kids! They are game for it – it’s TIME! #LDCchat”
Thoughts on the Twitter Chat
That’s a lot of information, ideas, and thoughts to digest. What’s amazing is that those ideas were flying around from people around the world in the span of less than an hour, and those were just the highlights! We were also just getting warmed up as a group because the expert panel on Close Reading was up next. There’s so much here, though, that I’m going to let you (and me) process this for a while before delving into the second half of the day’s main events. If you want to search through all of the tweets from the day, then search on twitter for #LDCchat or #WATeachLead.
In the meantime, whether you were there digitally, in person, or this is the first you’ve heard about our little twitter chat, please leave any thoughts or questions below. I’m sure I missed or left something out, and I will be happy to add on or address this in my upcoming post.