This week, I started a twitter feed for my class. All I can think of is "Why didn't I do this sooner?" Seventh Graders were reading an excerpt from Into Thin Air by Jon Krakuer. They were fascinated by Krakauer's account of Mount Everest. They started asking questions about what I knew about Mount Everest. I didn't know much.
Then, I remembered Flat Stanley. A few years ago, Belden had taken Allie O's Flat Stanley with him to the Taj Mahal and ta daaaaa Mount Everest. I had thought about shooting him an e-mail or texting him but at the spur of the moment, I decided to tweet him.
The kids had a bunch of questions for him. When he didn't answer the questions right away, I explained that he was at work. He would probably tweet on his lunch break. Which he did, and I pointed out the next day.
And at that moment, I realized my class needed its own twitter account. We would ask the questions we needed, and we would shout out to the world our morsels of wisdom. I would put up homework reminders and use "Tweets of the Day" as journal prompts.
And I just wonder, "Why didn't I do this sooner?"