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It’s Monday: What are you reading?
A number of years ago, I saw people tweeting about, “It’s Monday, what are you reading?” I quickly realized that transferring this question to my students was a perfect way to start the week. Over the years we answered this question in many formats as students blogged, tweeted and backchanneled about their reading lives nearly every Monday across the the school year.
As this practice endures, recently I’ve been using the website Padlet.com as a small group activity to for students to post what they are reading each Monday. Padlet is a digital bulletin board that invites student interaction by simply double clicking on the wall to leave a post. Each week students share a #BookSelfie of their “right now” book and tell a little bit about the title they are reading.
This Padlet reading wall serves as my status of class at the start of the week; quickly, I can view it to keep abreast of what my students are reading. It invites students to summarize and synthesize their current book and provides a platform to discuss their reading lives. When we embed this wall on a classroom website, students use the Padlet to obtain new book reviews. We layer interaction as students use the Padlet to write, read, and study images to gain information about the titles shared by their peers. Frequent posts and multiple recommendations for titles create what Donalyn Miller refers to as a “book buzz” as students celebrate, recommend and inspire their friends to read the books they love.
So as we gear up for the last Monday of 2014, see if you can find a way to incorporate Padlet into your day and ask your students, “What are you reading?”
It’s fun. It’s easy. You should Try It! Tomorrow.