Connections Wanted Form #GRA15

While you can post to Our Edmodo Groups or Facebook in order to find a connection, you can also fill out this form.  The results of the form for you to browse to find a connection, can be viewed here 

So steps to use this are as follows:

  1. Fill out the form for others to find you to connect with.
  2. Click on the link to see other people’s information (note: this is un-editable so that the information stays intact).
  3. Reach out to those you would like to connect with.
  4. Once you have a connection, you can shoot me an email (p at globalreadaloud dot com) if you would like to have your info removed from the document.

The Edmodo Groups Are Open for Teachers for Global Read Aloud 2015 #GRA15

Every year, I have used Edmodo groups for teachers to share ideas, make connections, and post any random questions they may have pertaining to the book they are doing for the Global Read Aloud.  Edmodo has worked well for many teachers as a way to communicate with others and to find inspiration.  While you do not have to join the Edmodo group to be a part of Global Read Aloud, or use it with your students, many have found it as an easy way to be connected and to connect with others.

To Join Edmodo if you do not already have an account:

Follow these three simple steps to create a Teacher Account:

  1. Go to  The “Teachers” button will already be selected by default.
  2. Fill out the registration form and select the “Sign Up” button to complete the sign up process.
  3. Check your e-mail for a confirmation to view the next steps for setting up your Edmodo Account.

To join the Edmodo GRA groups when you have an account, please click the link for the group you need:

Edmodo Group for Author Study of Amy Krouse Rosenthal –

Edmodo Group for The Year of Billy Miller –

Edmodo group for Fish In A Tree –

Edmodo Group for Fish –

Edmodo Group for Yaqui Delgado –

I personally use Edmodo as a way to find people to connect with, it is a lot more manageable than sending out tweets.  Let me know if you have any questions.

It Started With an Idea

This project started with an idea, as most things do in life, and yet this idea in particular resonated deep within me.  It brought together two passions; the love of books and a love of global citizenry, the notion of creating global citizens in my classroom.  And yet for this cautious teacher from idea to reality was quite a leap of faith.  When you publish an idea to the world chances are no one will listen.  And what may be so important to me may be nothing to others.  And yet this idea found people who became just as passionate about it as I am .

So the Global Read Aloud was created and it survived it first year with more than 40 classrooms actively connecting.  And they loved it and more importantly, the students loved it.  So this year, it is a little bit bigger, a little bit changed; two books rather than one, and yet the heart of the idea remains: One shared read aloud – one global connection.

So join me and more than 200 other classrooms this fall as we embark on another global read aloud.  You choose how much time you dedicate, you choose how you would like to connect.  Share the world of books with your students as they realize that all around the world children are discovering the same book.  Share the love of listening to incredible books being read aloud and for the love of questions.  We have made it easy for you to participate, all you have to do is take a small leap of faith with us.  Welcome.

Let’s Get Connected

Ladies and Gentleman, it is time we start to think about who you may want to reach out and connect with during the project.  While I encourage and hope you will share projects, thoughts, and videos on our wiki, I also hope you will take the time to buddy up with other classes.  I think if we can focus on a couple classes the project will have a deeper meaning to all of the kids.

So suggestions are to leave a comment talking about who you would like to connect with.  Or you can go to our Google sign up document and email someone on the list.  Use Twitter to reach out to people under our hashtag #glread10, or…?

How do you want to connect?

Where are You on the Map?

Today I received an email from Laura and she writes:

I tried posting this to the blog, but was having difficulty this morning with the word verification part not completely showing on my screen.  Weird.  Anyway- about the global read aloud- 
Do you think we could create a Google Map with everyone’s school location and zoom in to street view to see their school? Here is an example on castles I found just so you can see what i mean if you’re not sure. Click on a castle…the while speech bubble looking thing has an option More and then click on Street View. Not every castle has street view so find one that does and you’ll see what I mean.

Laura Fleming

So that is what I did; here is our very own Google Map, it is up to you if you would like to add your school but I do think it will be a great map to show the students of just how connected we all are and where we all are!

To add your school, click on the link and then do a search for your school.  When your school comes up you should click on the highlighted name and then there should be a “Save to…” button.  Select the Global Read Aloud Map.

Let me know if this works or not.

(I also plan on doing a pushpin map in my classroom)