Sunday, October 4, 2015

DigiLit Sunday: The Global Read Aloud 2015

DigiLit Sunday seems the perfect day to talk about digital reading and connecting with other learning communities through the Global Read Aloud.  It all starts tomorrow!  I will be participating with students in the conversation around picture books by author, Amy Krouse Rosenthal.  I'm so excited she has been chosen for this year's event.  Of course, if you're not a primary teacher there are other titles featured for students at a variety of age ranges.

As a reading intervention teacher, my plan is to take one day each week to read the title being discussed with students I support whose classes aren't participating #gra15.  We will then likely take time to post on our blog and join the conversation with other classrooms via the hashtag #graAMY.  I'm never quite sure where the event will go so I just dive in and get started.  The connections and next steps seem to become obvious once we begin.  Across the years I've learned to trust the process.

I've found certain benefits to be true year after year:
  • Students get excited about the featured author.
  • Students begin to notice patterns in the author's work. 
  • Students find authentic ways to respond and talk about the featured titles.
  • Students learn to talk about books in connected conversations.
  • Twitter allows us to see what others are thinking about the titles featured.
  • Twitter allows us to connect with other classrooms around the world.
  • Students talk about the author across the year.  
I'm looking forward to joining the Global Read Aloud with my students.  You can sign up for the Global Read Aloud here.  Thanks to Pernille Ripp for getting us organized.  I hope you'll join the global conversation.  Who's in?

As part of a continuous collaboration among educators interested in digital learningMargaret Simon hosts a weekly Digital Learning round-up on her blog:  DigiLit Sunday.  Stop by Reflections on the Teche.  

1 comment:

  1. Cathy, I am glad that you are part of the GRA with Pernille Ripp. I had the opportunity to speak with her at ILA 15 and join her workshop on the program. Since I am not in a building I can only recommend the program to educators. Thank you for reminding me about it. I am writing about the EdCampLI experience yesterday but I also have an interesting post on Random Acts of Poetry Day (Oct. 7th) that you might be interested in engaging in with your students.