I have been pondering how to incorporate more of your questions into #sstlap chats. I really enjoy being able to create questions for others to think about and engage in especially because the questions are areas of teaching or education that I am looking for insights. However, I always want to make sure that you are getting to delve into conversations that are interesting for you.
So I had a thought to run a chat where each person was able to come in with a question of their own, and after you answered someone's question, you could post your own. This would create a complex web of question and answers that could make for an amazing conversation. In thinking about it though, the logistics of keeping the flow and having people not miss amazing questions would be difficult. I don't think I am ready to navigate into that yet. I do think that there could be some application in a classroom where we have students engage with each other using a Socrative method where they utilize questions to reach their learning targets than they do now. We tend to always seek an answer, and want it immediately. What if we taught students to be questioners? To seek out depth of information by asking the how's and why's instead of will this be on the test, or do I have to know this? Think about children who never seem to stop asking why- even at the point where their parents are ready to pull their hair out because they have run out of answers or patience. Why does this stop? Why don't students in upper elementary, middle and high school seek out answers? Why has teaching turned into purveyors of information instead of facilitators or learning who assist students in finding answers to their own questions without being the Google resource in the room.
I seem to be able to making up for lost time with all of the questions I have for you each week. I didn't ask questions much during school, and regret not asking teachers why are we learning this? Why is this important? How does this relate to my life? Yes those are questions we don't always like to hear, however if we can't find an acceptable response to this, then why are we teaching those ideas?
Thanks for indulging me in my stream of consciousness about questions. My thought for this week's #sstlap is let you create questions. Now that may mean we have more than 8 questions that we usually use for our chats. If that happens, we could add them to the document, OR OR OR... do a slow chat where I would post a couple of the questions the days following the chat and help the conversation continue beyond our hour on Thursday nights.
What you can do to make this happen!
What I need from you- questions that can be used for our conversation.
What I WANT from you are video questions that not only share your question with the group, but also help us connect as people to see each other beyond those little icon pictures. I am hoping that you will not only consider creating questions, but also creating videos and sharing the link with me to use for the chat this week.
Now to help you focus your questions, I will narrow it down for you so we could have a common them. I know everyone has their own wants and needs for conversation. This week's topic is...
Teaching social studies in the 21st century using #tlap!
Create questions focused on teaching students in our modern area about topics that date back thousands and make them interesting.
This could include questions looking for:
I don't want to put forth too many ideas because you are amazing educators who are all able to create your own questions and guide a dynamic discussion.
I am hoping you will dive in and help me make another memorable #sstlap chat.
If you create questions please send them in a tweet, DM or email- email@example.com
I will add them here as I receive them. If you do videos and I hope you will consider doing a short video introducing yourself to the rest of us and asking your question, I will post the question and the link here so others can access as well.
If you have any suggestions, or ideas about making this more manageable or doable, please let me know as well. I think students have access to video cameras anywhere anytime. As educators we need to start expanding our own knowledge and use of videos for our own purposes.
Thanks in advance
Questions from my PLN
Q1 From Joe Schmidt
Q2 From Justin Birckbichler - How can you use technology to bring history/geography alive and engaging to the Ss? #sstlap
Q3 From Nic Hahn - Do you think that an Artwork can be the assessment in your classroom? Not the writing about the artwork... the artwork itself? http://minimatisse.blogspot.com/2015/07/can-art-be-assessment-for-other-subjects.html
Q4 From Andrew Rowe - How do you check to make sure Ss getting big picture along the way? What are our favorite formative assessments?
Q5 From Nic Hahn- Video Question https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UejehoFZ4ro&feature=youtu.be
Q6 From Chris Hitchcock
Q7 How do you balance #tlap ideas and the expectations of testing/assessment? #sstlap From Kara Wilkins https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlPT_jlZYfE&feature=youtu.be #sstlap
Q8 Ben- Using Video in the classroom-
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.