#2ndaryELA Twitter Chat on Tuesday 11/3 Topic: Interactive Notebooks

November 01, 2015

Join secondary English Language Arts teachers Tuesday evenings at 8 pm EST on Twitter.

Brynn Allison, The Literary Maven & Kristy, 2 Peas and a Dog are hosting #2ndaryELA on Twitter every Tuesday evening from 8 - 8:30 PM EST (we are trying out the half hour chat).  #2ndaryELA is a weekly chat for secondary English Language Arts teachers focused on a topic.  Every Sunday, we will post the topic and questions on our blogs to allow you to prepare for the upcoming Tuesday evening's chat. Thank you to everyone who joined us last week and we hope that you will join us again.

Join secondary English Language Arts teachers Tuesday evenings at 8 pm EST on Twitter.

On Tuesday, November 3, our #2ndaryELA chat will focus on interactive notebooks in the ELA classroom.

The Format:
8:00 Intros: What and where do you teach? Include a link to your blog if you have one. #2ndaryELA
8:05 Q1: Have you tried interactive notebooks in your classroom? Describe your experience with them. Share any photos you have. If not, what is holding you back? #2ndaryELA
8:10 Q2: How and why do you use interactive notebooks in your classroom? What questions do you have about using INB in your classroom? #2ndaryELA
8:15 Q3: How do you manage all the supplies (scissors, glue, colouring pencils) required for interactive notebooks in your classroom? What supplies do you recommend? #2ndaryELA
8:20 Q4: How do you assess student output in their interactive notebooks? How do you avoid it becoming just a creative journal? Share any assessment methods you have found or created. #2ndaryELA
8:25 Q5: Share some resources for using INB in the classroom that has helped you grow in your teaching practice (e.g. TPT products, blog posts, Pinterest ideas). #2ndaryELA

The Directions:
1. Log into Twitter on Tuesday from 8-8:30 PM EST.
2. Search for tweets with the hashtag #2ndaryELA in the search bar.  Make sure to click “All tweets.”
3. Introductions are for the first 5 minutes.
4. Starting at 8:05 (@literarymaven or @2peasandadog) will post questions every 5 minutes using the format Q1, Q2, Q3, etc. and the hashtag #2ndaryELA.
5.  Respond to questions using the format A1, A2, A3, etc. with #2ndaryELA.
6.  Follow any teachers responding and who are also using #2ndaryELA.
7.  Like and respond to other teachers' tweets.

You can schedule your responses to the questions ahead of time using a scheduler like TweetDeck or HootSuite (but don't forget to use A1, A2, etc. and #2ndaryELA). Links are encouraged, so be sure to use a link shortener like tinyurl, bitly, goo.gl or ow.ly  Just visit one of those links and paste your long link to shorten it for Twitter. Using images is also encouraged when relevant.

New to chats? Here are the rules:
1. Stay on topic & stay positive!
2. Please do not post or promote paid products unless specifically asked.
3. If you arrive late, try to look through other posts before beginning.
4. Feel free to just read, like, and/or retweet.
5. Always use our hashtag #2ndaryELA, including in your replies to others.
6. Make sure your twitter feed is set to public. (Also keep in mind that Twitter is completely public – that means students, parents, and administrators can and will read what you tweet.) 

Be sure to spread the word to any teacher friends who might be interested in joining us as well. We look forward to chatting with you Tuesday evening!

Get caught up on past chats here:

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  1. Do you ever post a summary of the chats? I don't use twitter, but would still love to see the content discussed- especially on interactive notebooks! I looked at your blog post expecting to see a summary. It might be a lot more extra work, but it would be cool for some aspects of the discussion to be shared!

    1. If you search my blog using #2ndaryELA you will see that many times I do post summaries of the chats (though not in the last month unfortunately). My co-host, Kristy of 2 Peas and a Dog should be posting a summary of this chat in the next few days. And you should definitely join Twitter so you can join our chats! We'd be happy to help you with any questions you may have.

      Brynn Allison
      The Literary Maven