Such a good story, Adam! Loved it.
I’ve added you as a writer over at my publication — the Teachers on Fire Magazine. If you like, you can edit your story and publish it there. (And of course you keep full credit and ownership of your story.)
Socializing, community, and student choice: all helpful factors when it comes to cultivating a love of reading! It reminds me of a quote that I tweeted from earlier today.
“The benefits of free-choice, independent reading far outweigh any graphic organizer, worksheet, skill drill, or group conversations students are exposed…
Some really great things happening here! Students create better written work when they are writing for authentic audiences. Higher stakes, more meaning, more relevance. Twitter can also be a huge asset in terms of communicating directly with authors today.
Check out the Teachers on Fire podcast some time as well! I profile educators who inspire growth and transformation in their circles of influence. Guests share their greatest challenges, deepest passions, personal habits, and top picks in books, Twitter, edtech, and more. Give it a listen!
I love this piece … and I’ve often had the same thought about my #PLN. Whenever people talk about the “cesspool” of toxicity that Twitter has become, I want to ask them to check out my feed of educators! It’s 90% encouragement and inspiration.