My first piece of very important advice is brought to you by one of our pre-k students:
(used with the student's permission)
I came across a principal's blog last night while on Pinterest (surprise, surprise) and he published a story about a lesson he saw in a classroom while doing a formal observation. Even though it was in a 9th grade classroom, I could see our students getting excited about a lesson like this as well. I'll give you the link to the site as well as provide a snippet of the lesson here:
During the opening moments of the 9th grade English class I was pleasantly surprised when the teacher quickly reviewed the summer choice reading assignment that was due in a few days. She used social media, specifically Twitter, to increase student engagement as well as relevancy and meaning. Below is a description of the assignment that was handed out to the students:
Choose 4 characters from your book – the protagonist, the antagonist, and two others. Then write a set of three tweets that the character might send if he, she, or it had access to technology (Total of 12 tweets, 140 characters or less). This assignment must be attached to your final product.
Requirements for each set of tweets:
- The first tweet should be a message the character would send at the beginning of the novel and should illustrate the character’s concerns, conflicts, and character traits.
- The second tweet should be a message the character would send at the climax of the novel (or the point of greatest conflict) and should illustrate the character’s role in that conflict.
- The third tweet should be a message the character would send at the end of the novel and should illustrate the character’s feelings about the book’s resolution.