#twima stands for The World Is My Audience. At the core, #twima becomes a vehicle for student expression to a larger audience. Students will produce their best work when they believe that their teacher isn’t the only one reading and commenting on their writing. They will strive for the highest quality as they see their audience grow.
The history behind #twima is still evolving. The original #twima project focused on poetry from around the world. Students and teachers collaborated to share their love of writing poetry in one eBook with shared authorship. With the success and excitement from #twima, teachers were soon asking for the next collaboration. This led to #twima2 with a focus on writing and sharing children’s dreams. This partnership included both student writing and the interpretation of this writing by other students through artwork and digital media. Tying visual arts to written language made #twima2 another successful venture for teachers and students. #twima3 embarks on a new journey for students. As a topic, patterns was chosen for the universal, cross-curricular nature. All students can work to find patterns in their world, regardless of their age, level, location, or interest. Patterns can be found in music, math, art, writing, science, computers, history, and beyond. Becoming aware of these patterns has a significance in itself. Sharing the recognition of these patterns with such vast diversity is what makes #twima3 the next great venture for the #twima project.
I would like to thank all teachers and students who participated in this amazing project. I applaud you for trying something new and sharing your student work with the world. I would also like to give a special thanks to my good friend Leah LaCrosse who helped me organize this project and compile all the student work. She put many hours of work into the making of this book. Without her, #twima3 would not have happened.
We hope you enjoy reading this eBook. We had a blast making it. Read it, enjoy it, think about joining us for #twima4.
With the publishing of this eBook, students can truly say the world is their audience.