I have spent my year with my kids on Twitter. We've tweeted our way across the world and documented our little school community on our blog. I keep wondering--and people keep asking--why I teach this way.
I don't know. The end.
Well, first of all, I got a SMARTBoard this year and I decided I didn't need the fancy toys it came with...I just wanted to use it to teach my kids that our world is much bigger than they think. Who cares if my SMARTBoard can make a perfect circle? Let's check out the world as it spins right now instead.
If you follow our blog regularly, you know about our treat exchange with our tweeps in Sligo, Ireland. Mr. Quinn and I emailed, finagled, and tweeted a few times to make it work. It wasn't hard, but it was unconventional. And it took a little time on both ends. After his class had nearly entered diabetic comas from eating more sugary, carbolicious treats than they'd had in their entire seven years, we emailed each other. This is what he said:
Hi Christi, I guess you guys will have a day tomorrow like I had today. Once the postman knocked on the classroom door and the kids saw the blue box, lessons went out the window. All they wanted to do was open another package, and another and another. Hopefully they didn’t go home feeling too ill. It was great and the kids really enjoyed it. Some were heard to mention on the way home that it was their best day at school ever!! Tweet us tomorrow.
This is why I do it. That line Damien Quinn said--"...it was their best day at school ever!!"--that's what I love. Learning, teaching, growing--and it's fun.
And we're not the only ones who think that way.
The world is smaller than we know.