Monday, September 21, 2015

Social Media & Lesson Inspiration

Social media like Twitter and Pinterest can be valuable tools in helping to develop new lessons and plan instruction.

Like the recent Dot Day celebrations, other events throughout the school year can be searched on Pinterest or followed with a hashtag. The upcoming Banned Books Week is one such topic, as are Children's Book Week and Read Across America.

Sometimes a thread on Twitter will inspire an idea or lesson. Author Laurie Halse Anderson spoke about resilience literature at a conference in late fall 2013, and those tweets--along with retweets and replies--inspired a lesson about resilience literature in my own school library. Both sites are also great resources for information and suggestions on topics such as makerspaces and library centers.

Next time you're looking for a little inspiration, why not try one of these sites and see what piques your interest? And if you have already used social media to shape lesson planning or as a resource, please share!