Our guests were amazed at the engagement of this lesson. My students typed feverishly while I read Koala Lou. I stopped periodically through the story to make my own connections and to give my students time to add their connections. You could hear a pin drop in my room during this activity. When we concluded the activity, I told them we would come back to their connections the following day to figure out which kinds of connections help us the most. My students couldn't wait to follow up the next day.
I have also used TodaysMeet to encourage predictions, ask questions and inferring. While I read our current read aloud (Flat Stanley) students were encouraged to read the other responses on todays meet and to take the conversations of the book deeper. Children began to collaborate to infer answers, solve problems and construct meaning.
I love to hear, my students ask, "Can we use TodaysMeet today while you read to us?" Have you ever used TodaysMeet? I would love to hear how you are incorporating it into your classroom.