So Now What?

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the first Global Read Aloud! It was a thrilling and informative learning adventure and I hope that you are ready to give me feedback. So if you have not already done so, please take the survey! This is vital for me so that I can determine whether to ever attempt this again next year, what can be changed, and whether this really connected people or not.

Also, I am looking for people to blog/share about their experience. So if you feel like guest blogging or just adding your thoughts, please let me know. Or if your students feel like sending me feedback, please have them contact me.

I have already learned so much from those of you that took the survey, such as the book perhaps being too difficult, or more guidance needed on a weekly basis. I so appreciate all of this feedback as I move forward with hopefully planning next year’s project. If you would be willing to be a co-planner, please let me know as well.

Thank you for trusting me with your curriculum time; I know how important it is and how hard it can be to give up your time. I hope that this at the very least gave you an opportunity to read a great book. My students loved it so much they have told other students to read it as well.

So What is This?

I have been thinking about the read aloud.  Every day I read a part of a book aloud to my students, usually a book that they would not pick themselves to read and then we discuss what is happening.  Sometimes the book is tied in with curriculum, often times not.  My favorite author happens to be Neil Gaiman, both for children and adult books and so when I saw that his book, American Gods, had been chosen as the first One Book, One Twitter book club (#1b1t) I was excited.  What a great concept; read a chapter a week and then discuss it via Twitter.  That made me think; why not do that with a read aloud book and connect classrooms across the world?

So here is what I propose:  Choose a book, pick a start date,  and read a chapter aloud a week. 
You choose how your students share either via a blog, a wiki, VoiceThread, Skype or other ideas.  The hashtag for this on Twitter will be #GRAP so join in the conversation.

We strive to make connections on a global scale and so the intimacy of a book can do just that for us. 

If you would like to be added to this project, either follow the project here or fill out the  
Google Form for the Global Read Aloud