From the Tweet-Up to Live and in Person
In my previous post, I shared about the Close Reading #LDCchat tweet up event focused on the lead up to and the actual tweeting event itself. As I mentioned in my last post, there was a lot more that happened over the course of the second half of that day. The Puget Sound ESD organized a panel of educators with a variety of backgrounds to answer questions regarding their experience with Close Reading. As promised, here is the rest of the Twitterific story.
Questions for the Panel
Our expert panel responded to several preselected questions regarding Close Reading (I use the term expert very loosely since I was involved). For citing tweets, I used a slightly different format than my last post. This is because these tweets were mostly quoted from the panel by our live tweeting (and very gracious) audience. I debated trying to cite the panel from memory, but I decided that quoting the tweets would be a more accurate reflection of what was shared during the day and in the moment.
Organized by the amazing @MelissaJLaramie & @mlewiswa:
This question helped get us going as we thought about the day’s discussion: Tell us how you define close reading?
- “’Close reading is more than just reading, it’s teaching our Ss to fall in love with life.’ @DaskalosDouglas quoting from a fav book. #LDCchat” by @ICoachCarly
- “Just re-reading is not engaging. Give Ss a purpose for reading a text multiple times @kellyjpruitt #LDCchat” by @brookster29
- “Teaching close reading is bigger than academics, it is teaching our Ss to pay closer attention to life (@iChrisLehman) #LDCchat #preach” by @baritoneblogger
Our panel members included K-12 teachers and specialists with a variety of focuses: English language arts, social studies, math, and science. The circumstances were varied but many of the themes were similar as panelists answered the following question: Panel Question: How do you approach close reading in your discipline?
- Top overall favorited and retweeted tweet for #LDCchat & #WATeachLead: “#LDCchat Literacy Design Collaborative is NOT just for English Ts – ALL Ts are Ts of literacy/reading/writing #WATeachLead” by @Teachem2Reachem
- “@DaskalosDouglas suggest introducing students to close reading using texts that they know. #LDCchat” by @ICoachCarly
- “Echoing @DaskalosDouglas in the value of CER for science writing! Have you read this text? #LDCchat” [along with picture of book “Supporting Grade 5-8 Students in Constructing Explanations in Science (The Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning Framework for Talk and Writing)” by Katherine L. McNeill and Joseph Krajeik] by @AnjuliJohnston
- “Scientists are some of my favorite readers. #WATeachLead #LDCchat @DaskalosDouglas by @kristinleong
- “Read what @DaskalosDouglas and his Science Cat say about #NGSS and the 3 Dimensions. Corelaborate.psesd.org/the-three-dime… #NGSSchat #WATeachLead” by @halliemills
Here, again, the variety of contexts brought together a number of common themes: What are some strategies to create safe spaces to analyze texts during close reading assignments while acknowledging and celebrating student diversity in the classroom?
- “’If you’re going to fall, fall forward. It means you’ve pushed yourself to your limit & then farther.’ @AnjuliJohnston #LDCchat #WATeachLead” shared by @ICoachCarly
- “.@DaskalosDouglas talking ’failing forward’. All learning is draft learning just as we write drafts, we rewrite understanding. #LDCchat” by @mmoser
- “’FAIL= First Attempt In Learning==> Modeling that it’s okay to fail…failing forward.’ @DaskalosDouglas #LDCchat #WATeachLead #closereading” by @NancyCarroll
- “Quote about teaching, learning and life. Thanks @AnjuliJohnston! #LDCchat #WATeachLead” and a picture to go with Edison’s quote: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” By @AlisaLouie
Embarrassingly enough, I realized after going back through the tweets that a lot of the panel tweets referenced me. I was in “typing mode” when recording these based on the number of favorites and retweets, but I am now convinced that Twitter’s search tool favors or prioritizes tweets in such a way that it emphasizes a relationship to the user. So, take these with a grain of salt. I do take some solace in knowing that these were tweets that my colleagues thought worth sharing. Fortunately, none of my tweets were popular enough to make the next section on final thoughts for the day.
#LDCchat & WATeachLead Tweet Up Final Tweet: Final Thoughts for The Tweet Up Today In Regards to the Power of Teachers on Twitter #ToT or #TeachersOnTwitter
As a sort of fun closing exercise, we were asked to tweet our own personal reflections and closing thoughts regarding the experience and the day: what definitely amounted to some fast and furious but very engaging professional development and networking. Here are some of the more popular ones.
@thathorn tweeted: “I’m a Teacher on Twitter… a trusted, transparent ecosystem that helps us to grow. #LDCchat”
@maren_johnson tweeted: “Teachers on Twitter are sharing their voice—sharing a glimpse from their classrooms and a glimpse from their collaborations! #LDCchat
@brookster29 tweeted: “#TeachersOnTwitter will allow us to take control of the national narrative regarding education! #LDCchat”
@mmoser tweeted: “Yes! We like to call it Talking to the Text because annotation is a conversation between text, author, and reader #LDCchat
@halliemills tweeted: “I want to go observe every teacher who is participating on the close reading panel! #LDCchat”
@halliemills tweeted: “@brookster29 I look for content/engagement. Also some vocab to focus on. Enough details to be able to complete your purpose.
A Few Other Examples of Tweet-Ups and Chats
In case you are interested in seeking any more out, I’ve include a short list of some “starter” chats for engaging more in the education part of the Twitterverse.
CORELaborate: #WATeachLead takes place every other Sunday during the school year at 10 PM Eastern Time (7 PM Pacific). Teachers nationwide participate in this chat Hosted by the Puget Sound ESD. Topics vary but generally fall under the umbrellas of Common Core State Standards or the Teacher/Principal Evaluation Project (TPEP).
NGSSchat: #NGSSchat takes place every other Thursday at 9 PM Eastern Time (6 PM Pacific). Great chat regarding all there is to know about science and the new Next Generation Science Standards.
What Is School: Co-hosted by Craig Kemp, this is one of the most popular international Twitter chats. The #whatisschool twitter chat covers a variety of current topics related to education.
Saturday Morning Twitter Chat: the #satchat is hosted at two times: 7:30 AM Eastern and 10:30 AM Eastern. This chat also covers a variety of topics related to education (there is also a #sunchat version at 9 AM Eastern if you’re curious).
Regardless of whether you were there in person, digitally, or not at all, please leave any thoughts or questions you have regarding the #LDCchat below. Also, since I was there and fairly involved I may have missed a key detail or piece of information critical to the understanding of someone who was not able to participate. Additionally, even if I’m unable to answer a question then chances are that one of the other participants will see this post and be able to provide a response. Please respond below. Thanks for reading!!!