Hello Blog World! Just a quick post to show off my new design! What do you think? I absolutely love it! Jessica over at Lilipop Designs was so fabulous and patient with me as we worked through each detail together! If you are thinking about some new digs, I would definitely check out her work!
Why the new design you might ask? I’m celebrating reaching 200 followers! Thanks for all your support as I have been getting to know Blog World over the past 2 months. I have learned so much from you guys and I am looking forward to the long lasting professional learning network that we are continuing to grow together.
Now…as if I wasn't counting before…2 MORE DAYS and I will say SO LONG to my kiddos! Not GOOD-BYE, just SO LONG! We plan to keep in touch this summer and maybe longer with BOOK TALKS through EDMODO. If you've been reading my posts very long, you know how important our BOOK TALKS are to us and I just couldn't let these guys go. Most of my sweet readers have accounts and have joined my Book Talk group and are already starting conversations.
I'm linking up Holly over at Fourth Grade Flipper to share a few tips that we have learned while trying it out that might come in handy if you want to use EDMODO for BOOK TALKS:
- Several kids decided to use a PICTURE the book they were currently reading as the PROFILE picture of their account while reading that book. BRILLIANT I TELL YA! Works beautifully! Students can tell at first glance which posts they might want to comment on, and can see the cover if they think they might want to read that particular book later. Plus, I happen to know they these guys are lured in by engaging covers.
- Unfortunately, we haven’t found a way to underline titles, and at first the students felt as though they weren't typing the titles correctly because they weren't underlining. We decided to use all caps when typing a title to feel as though we were giving proper respect to the title since we couldn't underline it.
- Teacher tip…because these guys are still kids…I did not give them the code to join the group. I had them log in and pass their iPods to me, so that I could enter the code for them. No danger in getting any unwanted guests in our group.
- Also, again because these guys are still kids, I chose to set the group settings so that I will approve each comment and post…just in case they start feeling a little too brave. ;) I explained that if I am sitting by the pool reading myself this summer, it might take a while for me to approve their posts. ;)
We are very excited that we will get to continue to talk about books throughout the summer! I've read about a few districts that give reading lists, etc. for students over the summer. I don’t get my class list until the fall and I wouldn't have built reading relationships with those guys yet anyway, so I’m not sure how effective that would be for my teaching style at this point even if I did have the list. Do you have plans for summer reading with former or future students? And, better than that, do you have summer reading plans for yourself? I just downloaded 2 new books last night! I am set and ready!