Often teachers are so busy teaching, that sometimes they can miss
important things that are happening in their students’ lives.
up a tweet board on a door, wall or bulletin board, helps you stay
informed and builds community. A more caring classroom will be created. Another bonus is that this idea is also a quick, easy, and interesting way to get students writing.
Encourage them to write a tweet at least once a week, about things that are happening in their lives. These can be “sweet tweets”
which are positive happy highlights, things that they are proud of, or
what they’ve been doing and involved in.
They can also do some “tweet talk”.
These are notes that a student wants to share because they are feeling a
bit down or blue, and would like some encouragement. Perhaps a
grandparent or pet passed away, or they didn’t make the team; maybe a friend is ill or they
failed at something.
Tiny tweets are also included in the packet, so you or students, can jot a quick note in response. These are especially nice, if you do the “Bucket Filling” program.
There are also 2 options for a tweet journal. Choose a tweet poster to showcase your tweet board. (There are 3 options) Run off copies of the sweet tweet notes, keep them in a basket or envelope by your tweet board (I’ve included labels for these) and then explain the board to your students. Let the tweeting begin!
As part of your going home or morning routine, you could ask students if anyone wants to share one of their tweets. At the end of the month, clear the board and start again.