I am privileged to be a part of the Global Read Aloud Project this year! This project is created by Pernille Ripp, an amazing teacher I've been following on twitter for a couple of months. I hope she doesn't mind me saying this, but she is an inspiration to people who have never met her! This is her baby, and I am thrilled to be along for the ride.
For those who may be interested in joining, the GRA project really desires a GLOBAL audience. Right now there are over 200 participants signed up but there is always room for more. The idea is simple... A read aloud book can connect children and schools together and give them a chance to reach beyond the four walls of the classroom. Via Edmodo, Wikispaces, Blogs, and Skype, classrooms all over the world will be discussing two books. One is Tuck Everlasting , the other is Flat Stanley.
In preparation for this event, I've already read the book, searched the Internet for resources, and joined in the planning process (well, I am just watching for the most part, but loving every minute of the dialogue!). I am so excited for the school year to start and I'm only three weeks into summer break. This feels like the biggest thing I've ever done, and I can't wait to take a group of kids on this adventure! It's hard not to be excited when there are 10 emails to read from the planning group when I get up each morning. I am inspired by this project and hope that I will be able to connect with several classrooms during the course of this project.
When I first started teaching, this was my Educational Philosophy. I constructed it in my credential program. I have always believed it but didn't quite know how to achieve it. Thanks to the Internet, this project, and the amazing PLN I am building on twitter, I finally feel like I have all the tools to impact students like never before. When you read this, you may understand why I am so taken with educational technology...
"It is my belief that the purpose of education is to develop and refine the skills necessary for children to grow up to be successful, productive, and affective adult members of a global society. In addition to subject matter, students should learn logic and reasoning, critical thinking and interpersonal communication skills. Students should be exposed to diverse multi-cultural and gender perspectives. They should also have the opportunity to develop responsibility, self-regulation of behavior, and an awareness of the meaning of social justice, democracy, citizenship and integrity."
Thanks, Global Read Aloud Project!