Thursday, March 12, 2009

Live Meme Tagging

I am the worst at participating in a meme online. I start my thoughts and don't finish. Aside from that, I find the process very interesting - that people post their thoughts about themselves and share and then, that people comment. The comments are mostly supportive, funny, and interesting themselves.

Recently,  I decided to give a writing prompt pulled directly from the world of social networking. They wrote their prompts in their journals - a place where they mostly have free choice about what to write. The prompt: The Top Ten Most Important Things You Should Know About Me. A good topic to learn more about your classmates.

These little guys really took this task seriously. They covered their papers for privacy. Most children spent a good 1/2 hour in thought and writing. Even students who struggle with writing were "into" this assignment. And then they lined up to show me what they wrote - where did that come from??

And, when I began reading their entries, I was amazed. I learned so many new things about them, and I learned that they are really funny, interesting, diverse, and thoughtful people. I also learned a lot about them as writers.

Now, I am thinking, just like with a blog or Facebook meme, perhaps we will tag a few classes to complete this task. It doesn't have to take that long, and I would love to see what another class could do with it. I would love to see children tag their parents too :)

One of my favorite top ten entries is from a student for whom writing is not really a preferred activity...

#5 I like to move it, move it! (Think of the song - was in Madagascar)


  1. I am a 2nd grade teacher and that seems like a great idea. We have spring break next week and I might do this assignment when we get back. Thanks for sharing.

  2. @noneed4thneed - You will enjoy it. Consider your class tagged!!!

  3. Very cool idea Maryann. I was just stopping by to say thanks for signing up for the #NECC09 Tweet-Up! See you there very soon!