Saturday, June 28, 2014

Support the Global Read Aloud - Limited Edition T-Shirt On Sale Now #GRA14

Are you a part of the Global Read Aloud and proud of it?  Now is your chance to snag a limited edition t-shirt specifically made to support the project.  There are only 150 shirts for sale and they are only available until July 17th.

Why should you consider buying a shirt?  Because it is a great way to show the world your GRA pride, but also because all proceeds will be used for buying books.  I, Pernille, always end up buying books for places that cannot get them and my husband has been not so happy about it.  After all, the GRA does not bring in any kind of revenue ever.  So here is your chance to support the project, get a super awesome tee, and help me stay out of trouble with Brandon.

The only catch is that we have to sell at least 50 of these for them even to be made.    

To purchase your shirt or just take a look at them, please go here.


Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Share a Book Initiative - New for 2014 #GRA14

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I don't think there is much that beats receiving an unexpected package .  After all, the possibility of what could be inside is tantalizing in itself.  Yet, when an unexpected package brings a new book into my hands...pure bliss.  Every year of the Global Read Aloud, people have wondered what they could to to push the connections they make further.  Usually, I stay our of their way and have shied away from doing anything official.  But this year, our 5th Global Read Aloud year, I am ready to take the plunge...

Introducing:  The Share a Book Initiative!  

Once again, it is a very simple ideas, inspired by an unexpected book arrival from Uganda.  All I am hoping (because you do not have to do this) is that once you you start to connect with your chosen school (s), you will send them a book (chapter or picture) that reflects your region, city, state, country, whatever area you choose, or somehow has a connection with where you are.  This way, your students will have to think about which book to send, and the receiving students get  a slice of what life is like where you live.  (You can even send one to me if you feel like it). 

You do not have to do this.  Not everyone can or will.  But if you do, I promise it will add another layer to your connections and global understanding.  And why not spread more great books among us?  After all, books are some of the most powerful connection bringers we have, why not use them for good?

I am a passionate (female) 7th grade teacher in Wisconsin, USA, proud techy geek, and mass consumer of incredible books. Creator of the Global Read Aloud Project, Co-founder of EdCamp MadWI, and believer in all children. I have no awards or accolades except for the lightbulbs that go off in my students’ heads every day.  First book “Passionate Learners – Giving Our Classrooms Back to Our Students” can be purchased now from Powerful Learning Press.   Second book "Empowered Schools, Empowered Students - Creating Connected and Invested Learners" can be pre-ordered from Corwin Press now.  Follow me on Twitter @PernilleRipp.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Information for Global Read Aloud 2014

The Global Read Aloud 2014 may be several months away but here at GRA headquarters, which is really just in my head, the wheels are spinning.  Here is some key information for 2014.

Where do I sign up?
Right here

Who is the author study?
The amazing and incredible Peter H. Reynolds is our focus this year.  Here are the books chosen 
Week 1:  The North Star
Week 2:  I'm Here
Week 3:  Ish
Week 4:  Sky Color
Week 5:  Going Places
Week 6:  Your choice!!!

What are the book choices?
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
One for the Murphy's by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

What are the dates?
October 6th through November 14th

Which book should I read with my class?
New this year is the removal of grade levels.  Please read the book that you think will garner the best connections, investments, and discussions in your classroom.  Your know your group best!

Are the authors involved?
Yes, most of them!  I have been in touch with 3 of the 5 and will release details as soon as they are settled.  Some are more involved than others depending on how busy they are.

How do I get connected?
A great place to start are the Edmodo groups that have already been set up.  These are for teachers only, no students, and are meant to be a place to find people to connect with, to ask questions, and to share ideas.  The discussions have already started but will continue throughout the summer.

Peter H. Reynolds Author Study Group on Edmodo https://edmo.do/j/4fpgfb
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane Group on Edmodo https://edmo.do/j/hiessv
The Fourteenth Goldfish Group on Edmodo https://edmo.do/j/jcmw82
One For the Murphy's Group on Edmodo https://edmo.do/j/9d3fh9
The Fault in Our Stars Teacher Group on Edmodo https://edmo.do/j/y9fhkx
Mass Facilitator Group - if you are the main contact for a group of teachers in your school or district, this is a great group to join. https://edmo.do/j/mtk6pu

You can also use the hashtag #GRA14 or go to our wiki or Facebook page

Which tools should I use?
Whatever you want!  There are no required tech tools you have to use to connect, but some helpful ones are:

  • Twitter - use the hashtag #GRA14 to stay informed and involved.
  • Edmodo - great way to get connected with other teachers and to create sub groups for students
  • Skype or Google Hangout - this is how you can connect "face to face" with other classrooms
  • Our wiki - you can use this to showcase students work, just ask to join
  • Kidblog or other blogging platform - great way for students to write and start a dialogue about the books 
  • Tackk - fantastic and easy way to publish content on the web for others to interact with - check out the templates that have already been made for teachers

What's the "Share a Book" initiative?
This year, to really bring in the global connections, I hope you will send a book representative of your area to the class (es) you connect with.  I also hope you will mail one to me if you feel like it.  The idea for this extension came from receiving a picture book from Uganda and the impact it had on my school.   

What does this cost?
Nothing, except for the book cost, which you get yourself.  I don't make any money off of this and there is no cost to be a part of it.  
Is this truly global?
Yes!  With more than 200,000 connections made in the past 4 years, GRA is used in over 30 countries on 6 continents, with even more signed up this year.  

Will there be merchandise?
There has been in the past, so probably yes, but I find it to be rather expensive for people to buy which is upsetting to me.  So if you have any ideas of how to make merchandise cheaper and get it to people, please contact me!

I have no clue what to do!
Please read this article by Matt Renwick, which may help you get ideas.  Or contact me p (at) globalreadaloud (dot) com

Who is behind this?
Mass consumer of incredible books, Pernille Ripp, helps students discover their superpower as a former 5th grade teacher, but now 7th grade teacher in Oregon, Wisconsin.  She loves children so much she decided to have 4 of her own with her soulmate Brandon, who keeps her laughing.   Her first book was published this May by Powerful Learning Press entitled "Passionate Learners - Giving Our Classroom Back to Our Students." Her work has been featured by Edutopia, School Library Journal, MiddleWeb, Learning & Leading magazine, as well as in many podcasts and interviews.  She teaches others how to give the classroom back to students through webinars, as well as to anyone who walks into her classroom.  


Friday, May 30, 2014

Why the Global Read Aloud Matters #GRA14

Wednesday started out as a normal day at school.  I walked into the office to check my mailbox when our amazing secretary handed me a mystery package.  I immediately looked at the mailing label and was astounded when I saw this.
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Immediately curios, I ripped open the package and was surprised when I saw this

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The package came from Cathy Kreutter, the librarian at the International School of Uganda, and she was reaching out to me continue the global connectedness started by the Global Read Aloud.   Not only was I shocked, but I was also over the moon excited, because the other thing in the package was this...

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A book, written by Cathy, based on the American Folk Tale "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly" meant to tell readers more about Uganda.  I couldn't wait to read it to my students!  And what happened next was pure magic.

Not only did I read it my students, who couldn't believe the things they were learning.  They also wanted to find out more about Uganda and had many questions.  Next, I took the book to our 1st grade buddies and shared it with them.  More questions and learning about Uganda happened.  Then I swung by one of our kindergarten classrooms and shared it with them, with the same result.  Within the span of an hour, 3 classes had learned and become curious about Uganda and Africa as a whole.  All through the power of a book mailed to us because of the Global Read Aloud.

Yet, the power of this book has not ended.  Our incredible librarian plans to share it next week with her classes and so we will see the seeds of curiosity planted in more kids.  More kids will find Uganda ion the globe and know a little about this faraway nation where the Nile starts and lions roar.  More kids will wonder about the world and what another child's every day life is like.  All through the power of a shared read aloud.

So this year, for the Global Read Aloud, I will encourage people who connect to send a picture book to their partners.  A book that shares a little about them, that will deepen the connection between our homes.  I will secretly hope that some will send one to me as well so my students can see just what this project has started.

Thank you Cathy for reaching out to me.  That small gesture has started a wave of curiosity at our small school.
I am a passionate (female) 5th grade teacher in Wisconsin, USA, proud techy geek, and mass consumer of incredible books. Creator of the Global Read Aloud Project, Co-founder of EdCamp MadWI, and believer in all children. I have no awards or accolades except for the lightbulbs that go off in my students’ heads every day.  First book “Passionate Learners – Giving Our Classrooms Back to Our Students” can be purchased now from Powerful Learning Press.   Follow me on Twitter @PernilleRipp.


Sunday, May 4, 2014

Peter H. Reynolds Books Chosen #GRA14

To make the collaboration easier for everyone, for the author study we recommend reading these books:
Week 1:  The North Star
Week 2:  I'm Here
Week 3:  Ish
Week 4: Sky Color
Week 5:  Going Places
Week 6:  Your Choice!

Yes, I know that the incredible book "The Dot" is not on this list.  That's because International Dot Day is September 15th so some of you may have already read and used it by the time we start October 6th.  But, the final week of the Global Read Aloud is always a free choice so feel free to use it then if you would like.

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