(see blog about WW here), I decided to bring out one of my favorite wordless picture books to share with my students and get them wondering! I could tell it was unsettling to them to have to take in the story, jot down their “wonders” and not respond to the text until it was finished, but I wanted them to really hear their own thoughts and form their own ideas and opinions about the book BEFORE we started sharing. With each page turn, I reveled in their facial expressions and I was having so much fun watching them, that I decided to snap a quick picture to share my vantage point with the world. So, as I often do, I tweeted out a quick glimpse into our classroom and carried on with my day. After we finished the story, I had the students put their “wonders” up on our wonderwall, then to rejoin the group and finally talk about the book and share interpretations.
When the students were out at recess, I came back to my room to find that the author of the book, Aaron Becker, had responded to our tweet! He was offering to answer our questions! We had hit the Social Media Jackpot! To say I was giddy would be a tragic understatement!!!
Are you married?
Do you have children?
Where do you live?
How many books have you written?
The questions we actually sent him, were more introspective questions about the story itself and the author’s own intentions and interpretations. These wonders, I told my students, are the ones that we often never get to have answered from the source. They were ecstatic and wonderstruck to have this experience. My one student Jahlil, was in such disbelief that viewing the tweets on the smartboard wasn’t enough, he had to come over to my computer and read the tweets with his name in them, for himself!
I am such a huge proponent for social media in the classroom as a means of allowing my students to be heard, connecting them with the outside world, exposing them to unique ideas and perspectives and sometimes, on a random Wednesday, providing them with a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience and connection that I hope they will remember for years to come!
If you’ve used this book or others with your class, please let us know how! We plan to explore the whole trilogy and connect these beautifully imagined stories back to our learning through out the course of this school year!
Thank YOU for being a part of our JOURNEY today!