On February 4th, I slept in. I never sleep in. But when I got up that Sunday morning, I had two requests for the same thing …
Upload the cover of a great book without saying why; mention who invited you @hmason36 Invite 8 others to do the same: @avivaloca @nobleknits2 @RamonaMeharg @leftyeva @pmcash @Stephen_Hurley @alfredtwo @garlickd13 pic.twitter.com/BKxJHVUgyW
— Doug Peterson (@dougpete) February 4, 2018
When I saw Natalie Schneider‘s book choice, I had to retweet it because the book really was that good, but then I felt the need to honour both people’s request for a book, and so I added another book as well.
Upload the cover of a great book without saying why; mention who invited you @natsschneider Invite 8 others to do the same @avivaloca @MmeHartman @KimLGilpin @K1Shares @mr_plesko @nekels @stephyh19 @MsJiJiplasp pic.twitter.com/iCRtJC0fWY
— Natalie Schneider (@natsschneider) February 4, 2018
Upload the cover of a great book without saying why; mention who invited you @natsschneider Invite 8 others to do the same: @fryed @MatthewOldridge @RLHasegawa @Rylone3 @MzMollyTL @acampbell99 @ancasterLC @davebehiel @tina_zita pic.twitter.com/J0gOJsa0qj
— Aviva Dunsiger (@avivaloca) February 4, 2018
Yes, I really do love my mystery and suspense novels, so I decided to stick with this genre for both of my tweets. And after a few minutes and a couple of tweets, I got out of bed and went on with my morning … that is, until I checked Twitter later on and saw all of the mentions.
It was quite remarkable how many people got involved in this game, and as Doug Peterson mentioned in his blog post, the only thing missing here was a hashtag. What might have intrigued me the most though was the variety of book titles. At first, most people that replied seemed to choose pleasure reads. Then I saw Kristi‘s tweet, and all of a sudden, I began to think about my favourite children’s book.
Not long after, I noticed Gail‘s tweet, and I contemplated my favourite professional read. What cover might I share for this?
Upload the cover of a great book without saying why; mention who invited you @avivaloca Invite 8 others to do the same: @KinderFynes @HitchKate @CindyMGreen1 @recebriscoe @nan_sumner @teamdiabetes11 @teddybearstorm @Stef_Ics pic.twitter.com/wVBRqLHmTY
— Gail Molenaar (@Rylone3) February 5, 2018
In that moment, I was reminded of why we don’t include signs and directions in our play: for often the richness comes from the ideas that we might not have anticipated. (What learning is lost through our limitations?) The same is true here. If the directions were more than just “upload a cover of a great book,” what book choices might not have been included?
A simple invitation to share. A huge collection of books. So much diversity. We just “played” with some book choices online, and now I’m curious to know what people might do next. Imagine if students were given this same open invitation. What might they choose to share? What could we learn about them as a result? Sometimes, when it comes to directions, less really is more!