Thursday, March 2, 2017
Mad About Books
This is the third year I have organized a March Book Madness bracket for high school students and staff. During the month of February, I sent out a Google form survey for all our students and staff to share their favorite books. This year, we received over 140 suggestions. The books that were recommended more than once made it onto our final bracket. And then yesterday, March 1, our voting kicked off.
And I think that's where the buzz began. Because by the close of first period this morning, I had already surpassed the number of voters from the day before. Students and staff passed me in the hallway and tapped me to ask, "So you're really giving away signed books?"
Jay Asher online who is sending us some books. And Ruta Sepetys is signing books for us. And Ernest Cline. And Tiffany Schmidt. How? Twitter! How have we built book buzz? Twitter! I've been tweeting authors from my classroom account to ask if I can send them books to sign for our giveaway. When they've responded, I've read them aloud in class. Students start talking about authors. About books. And then they've joined in, talking about authors and books online and in class. We created a hashtag to talk about books online - #IoniaReads
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