Monday, October 13, 2014

Shelfari~ Another Tool in Building Wild Readers!

The day started out like any other day. Kids filled the room with book bags, conversations and questions.  That's when I noticed one student vying quietly for my time.  Stopping to listen more intently I saw M's HUGE smile. M isn't one to seek attention so I knew this was going to BIG!  I leaned down to listen and M was almost giddy as she told me she had her own shelf on Shelfari!

As a first grade teacher I have used Shelfari for the past few years. We've kept track of the books we've read as a class and shared our reading with others.  Each year students quickly catch "Shelfari fever" and begin creating shelves (with their parents) and sharing their home reading with our class as we follow the shelves of their peers.  This year started off much the same, but something was different.

So What's Different This Year?

First, I noticed almost all the kids in our class had shelves (all but 3, all but 1 to date)!  The excitement in our room was palpable and begged to be shared! So we tweeted out our class shelf and started following the shelves of the others first grade classes in our building. Of course this led to sharing and borrowing books among the classrooms! Now the fever was viral... kids started viewing the shelves of their friends during readers workshop. "I am just looking to see what books we have in common" Nathan.  Josh took this one step further and began to jot down books requests for his friends! "Logan, can I borrow your book Homer?"  It wasn't long before the kids began to make a special request...
"Mrs. Frazier, you need to tweet out my shelf." These requests came without urgency, no questions just a simple request, because it's is just what readers do, they share books!

Best Laid Plans~
What teacher wouldn't readjust carefully made plans looming on the iPad and make a few tweets? So as a class we sat down to "tweet out" a few shelves. I looked at all the hands shooting up and I knew the tweets needed to reflect their excitement, so I asked ….
                        "What does having a Shefari account mean to you?"

Ani's Shelf

Nicky's Shelf

Alandra's Shelf

Blaine's Shelf

Diya's Shelf

As I typed these tweets my heart filled with pride, these readers aren't becoming Wild Readers, they are Wild Readers and its my honor to support their journey. ~ I love my job!

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