So it’s 4:00 AM and I’m tossing and turning so I decided to check out my Twitter feeds. You see, I’m Twitticted. (I think I just made up a word.) I have three Twitter accounts. One is for personal stuff (translation: For commenting/conversing about the University of Washington Huskies), one is for teaching, and the last one is for my #flipclass, #edchat, #edtech PLN that I’m working on developing. I have decided not to intermix my Twitter ‘friends’ and keep things separate.
As I wandered through my hashtag searches, I had an idea. Let’s ask the Twitterverse (another new word…? Nah, somebody’s probably already used it.) about a project I’ve got going. I’ve been guest-reading poetry with a 4th grade class at my school. The first visit I read one of my favorite poems, “If” by Rudyard Kipling. It was lots of fun and the students seemed to get into having me there, so I got invited back. This time, I read a personal poem I wrote as a memory poem of my dad. I started with a short geography lesson using Google Earth to show them the setting of the poem (Naches Peak, in Washington State) compared to where we are in Bucharest. Then I went into a PowerPoint that showed some pictures of the hike while I read to them. Needless to say, it’s quite an emotional poem, but I made it through it. And the kids responded to the seriousness of the poem with great questions and comments.
So it got me thinking that I should visit the class again a few more times before the end of the year. I’d made a connection with these 4th graders. Now let’s get something straight here: I am a HS teacher for a reason. I could NEVER teach elementary school. Just couldn’t do it. But this was fun. I could go in, have a short reading, and get out! Anyway, the plan is to visit the class for a 20-minute drop-in on May 5th. So I need to plan a short science lesson for them. Therefore, I posted the following on Twitter: “Any suggestions for a guest ‘lecture’ topic (20 minutes) for 4th graders that is science-related? (Me: HS Chem teacher) #edchat” My new @ThomsonScience Twitter account doesn’t have a lot of followers yet, so I added the #edchat tag. I’m really curious what kind of results I’ll get. I’ll either make a new post or comment here about the results.
Let the Twitter Experiment begin!