This week's chat will be hosted by the amazing Chuck Taft! I am much appreciative of his willingness to not only host, but the amazing questions he has created. I will be with my family celebrating my wife's birthday. I am excited to see the ideas you come up with! Have a great chat!
#sstlap March 26, 2015 – Dimension 2 of the C3 Framework – PIRATE STYLE
#sstlap is all about the #C3Framework, especially Dimension 2– with a PIRATE twist
To get the #C3Framework in detail, please consult http://tinyurl.com/C3-sstlap - thanks @NCSS #sstlap
Tell us who you are, what you teach, your understanding of the #C3Framework - scale of 1 (huh?) to 10
(I love it/live it/use it) #sstlap
Q1 We discussed Dimension 1 last week - the use of Compelling Questions – any observations, take aways, or anything else? #sstlap
Q1a Think of a Compelling Question from your curriculum that you can use as a home base for our discussion tonite – and share it! #sstlap
Q2 Our focus tonight is Dimension 2 – Applying Disciplinary Concepts & Tools – what does this part of the #C3framework mean to you? #sstlap
Q3-Q6 will all deal with the #C3framework four core disciplines of the social studies – and will come fast and furious #sstlap
Consider how you can PIRATE the #C3framework – that’s why we are here tonight!
Q3 What HISTORY disciplinary concepts and tools are essential in your classroom? #sstlap
Need help with Q4? Check out pp. 45-49 of http://tinyurl.com/C3-sstlap #sstlap
Q3a Can these HISTORY disciplinary concepts and tools be used to help Ss attack your chosen CQ? How? #sstlap
Q3b Can you think of a way to integrate these HISTORY disciplinary concepts and tools like a PIRATE? How? #sstlap
Q4 What CIVICS disciplinary concepts and tools are essential in your classroom? #sstlap
Need help with Q4? Check out pp. 31-34 of http://tinyurl.com/C3-sstlap #sstlap
Q4a Can these CIVICS disciplinary concepts and tools be used to help Ss attack your chosen CQ? How? #sstlap
Q4b Can you think of a way to integrate these CIVICS disciplinary concepts and tools like a PIRATE? How? #sstlap
Q4b did a New Deal rap two years ago - http://americanhistoryrules.com/?p=2227
Q5 What ECONOMICS disciplinary concepts and tools are essential in your classroom? #sstlap
Need help with Q5? Check out pp. 35-39 of http://tinyurl.com/C3-sstlap #sstlap
Q5a Can these ECONOMICS disciplinary concepts and tools be used to help Ss attack your chosen CQ? How? #sstlap
Q5b Can you think of a way to integrate these ECONOMIC disciplinary concepts and tools like a PIRATE? How? #sstlap
Q6 What GEOGRAPHY disciplinary concepts and tools are essential in your classroom? #sstlap
Need help with Q6? Check out pp. 40-45 of http://tinyurl.com/C3-sstlap #sstlap
Q6a Can these GEOGRAPHY disciplinary concepts and tools be used to help Ss attack your chosen CQ? How? #sstlap
Q6b Can you think of a way to integrate these GEOGRAPHY disciplinary concepts and tools like a PIRATE? How? #sstlap
Q7 You’ve seen Dimension 1 (CQ) and Dimension 2 (Disc Concepts & Tools) – where are you now on the #C3Framework - scale of 1 to 10 #sstlap
Q8 What are your takeaways from tonight’s chat on Dimension 2? #sstlap
Let's examine the College, Career and Civic Life standards!
In looking at the C3 Framework there are 4 main topics. Tonight we will discuss Dimension 1. The Main topics are listed below. Please check out the C3 Framework and prepare for our conversation.
Here is the link to the C3 Standards
DIMENSION 1. Developing Questions and Planning Inquiries
DIMENSION 2. Applying Disciplinary Concepts and Tools
DIMENSION 3. Evaluating Sources and Using Evidence.
DIMENSION 4. Communicating Conclusions and Taking Informed Action
Connections to #SSTLAP
The purpose of #SSTLAP is to improve all of us as educators. It is the mission of this chat to examine how we can integrate the concepts and overall philosophy of Teach Like a Pirate into our classroom practices as Social Studies Teachers.
I am excited about the multitude of amazing lesson ideas and awesome experiences that have been created by those who participate in this chat.
I also realize that the chat has often focused on the philosophical aspects of teaching. We have examined strategies, hooks, and best practices many times with a general educational focus.
I am looking to incorporate some opportunities to dive into specific subject matter and create together. I am excited about the positive feedback for creating #edcampsstlap which will include some of those sessions. I am hopeful that when we bring that vision to reality that it is only the start of those types of collaborative efforts. I have been a part of Voxer collaboration opportunities and think GHO adds another level of connection when you can not only see the other person but can actively view resources together.
To wrap things up before dropping the questions, tonight's chat is going to focus on social studies content. I am sure there will be over reaching concepts and curriculum connections, but I wanted to let those who aren't social studies teachers what our topic was for the chat. I welcome those who are not social studies teachers to join because they have a different lens that can assist in shaping lessons, especially in creating cross curricular activities. Let's face it, Social Studies shouldn't be taught in isolation, it is interconnected to all areas of life. Embrace those opportunities.
Final thought before the questions- I am looking for dates that work for people for #edcampsstlap.
Please either drop a comment in the blog post or share your ideas during the chat so we can move forward with the logistics of making this a reality.
DIMENSION 1. Developing Questions and Planning Inquiries
Examine the images above and be prepared to answer the following questions.
Q1 What is the difference between Compelling and Supporting questions? #sstlap
Q2a Time to Practice - make a Compelling CQ for any topic you would like #sstlap
Q2b - Create Supporting Questions SQ for the topic you used in Q2a #sstlap
Now let's create some topic specific questions. I have a few topics for Q3-Q6 but please start putting out your own ideas of CQ for your curriculum. Let's create some examples for our classes and making real world connections for our students.
Q3 Topic 1- create specific CQ and or SQ for the American Revolution #sstlap
Q4 Topic 2- create specific CQ and or SQ for the Civil War #sstlap
Q5 Topic 3- create specific CQ and or SQ for the for WWI and WWII #sstlap
Q6 fTopic 4- create specific CQ and or SQ for Discrimination, Segregation, and/or Prejudice #sstlap
Q7 Are your CQ specific to that historical event, or are they able to be applied to multiple events? If so, how would you connect the content? #sstlap
Challenge- Build a lesson around your CQs before the end of the year. Call on other for assistance-we are better together! #sstlap
Spring is arriving, Spring break is on the horizon, and the best time of year for sports IMO is here!
March is a time of great change. It marks the end of winter, warmer temperatures in fact we had our first day beyond the 30s in months yesterday 54 wonderful degrees. A far cry from out -30 with windchill we have survived numerous times this winter. Not that I am complaining, I choose to continue to live in the Froze Tundra where I see Lambeau Field every day on my daily commute.
March is a time of transformation
March is that time of year that I see as a cross roads. It marks that transition from winter holding us captive and less active to the renewing feeling of spring. As I look at the winter snow melting rapidly, I am reminded of this idea of transition and transformation. At this point of the year we have opportunity to change our lifestyles. Winter has let go of the brutal cold and warmer temps abound. We can stay bundled up or we can get outside and be active. I see this time of year as pivotal in so many aspects of our lives. We can embrace spring as a time for renewal, rebirth, and an opportunity for personal and professional growth. We could continue our same path, doing the same things and expecting to miraculously see positive change. I have been there and that is what they call insanity.
Spring is our opportunity for self reflection and our chance to improve as people and as educators. I hope you take some time in the next few weeks to look back at your school year and take note of what you have done well, what you could do better, and especially evaluate your goals and what you need to do to accomplish those goals.
This brings me to a previous post about creating an infographic about your goals as an educator. I put it out there again to create and share your infographic that tells the world what you will accomplish as an educator. See the post here. Why did you become and educator?
March Madness NCAA Tourney Time!
Back to March Madness is one of my favorite times of year. I love the high drama of the one and done, the bring your A Game or go home and of course the Cinderella story. All of these concepts are highly promoted by the NCAA and the multi-billion dollar industry associated with promoting college athletics and the importance to the well being of our society of putting a leather ball into a round cylinder. The last part I included to showcase the concept of salesmanship. Is basketball, or sports in general really important to our ability to function as a society or a species? I hope the answer is no. However we do see a tremendous impact on our society associated with these activities. Why is so much spent on promoting these events? The simple answer is it generates wealth for some and happiness for others. But how did a simple game of putting a ball in a peach basket over a hundred years ago grow into one of the greatest shows on earth? It was promoted, sold to the people as something they couldn't miss. Today we promote the Superbowl, the World Series, and of course the NCAA Tournament aka March Madness as spectacular entertainment attractions. Please don't take this passage to be cynical. I love watching sports and enjoy it more with family and friends. It brings us together for a time sharing a common experience, especially on Sundays when the Packers are playing. My point of these ramblings is to point out the power of salesmanship. People made a conscious effort to promote these events. They examined and scrutinized their different activities and honed in on the wow factor of each. They created videos, trading cards, commercials etc. to showcase the awesomeness of these events.
Making the Connection to Eduation
How does this pertain to education? Well in my district it is time for Parent Teacher Conferences. It is an opportunity to make a choice in how you present yourself, your students and your class. Will you do the same old song and dance, or will you Seize the Moment to celebrate the great things happening and promote your class? PTC is just one chance to promote and celebrate what happens in our schools. How else can you celebrate, share your brand, and shine a light on the great things students are doing? Do you know what is happening in other teachers' classrooms? How can you find out? Do others including your admins know what is your students are engaged in? If not, why not? What is stopping you from doing this? And time is the ever popular answer, however there are people doing the same job as we are and are finding ways to share out, to learn and grow. People who built a company from nothing have the same number of hours and minutes in a day, yet they are doing amazing things. It is about choice. How do you choose to spend you minutes? What is your priority? I find myself saying family many times, but fall short in truly executing the actions necessary to make that a reality. I need to be more purposeful in my time with family to make it a great experience for my kids and wife. When I do that I feel better about life, and then other aspects of life become easier. I am far from perfect, but I realize that excuses are not getting me to the place I want to be. I am not growing in a positive manner to achieve my goals. I need to be more purposeful in my faith, my love, my passion, my profession. I have an opportunity to take March literally and begin my path to a better life. I hope you will embrace March as your chance to take steps to achieving your greatness!
March Madness Promo
SSTLAP Questions 3/12/15
March is a time of rebirth and renewal- Tonight we look at what has gone well, what we can do better, and set a plan for making the world better!
Q1 When thinking about March and opportunity for transformation, what actions can you take to rejuvenate
c. how can we support you in your efforts? #sstlap
Q2 Why did you become and educator? Look at the post and create your own infographic! #sstlap
Q3 Pirates sail with a crew- What do you do to assist those who are treading water or sinking?
Q4 March also means we are closer to the end of the year- What Goals do you have for the rest of the school year to achieve your greatness! #sstlap
Q5 Tell your story! How are you the Spokesperson for great things in dist, school, classroom? If not why not? Be the Voice of Change! #sstlap
Q6 March Madness is based on competition- how can you use this bracket idea in your classroom? What topics could fit into this strategy of winner take all! #sstlap
Q7 To March is to move with measured step- purposeful and strong. How do you March for your students? How are you their champion?
CHALLENGE Check out George Couros's newest project #eduin30 and create your own 30 second positive educational strategy. #sstlap
This weekend I attended #edcampmadwi, Edcamp Madison Wisconsin. For those unfamiliar with edcamps, they are informal conferences. There is no schedule and no leader per say. There are organizers who do a tremendous amount of work preparing for the event. However once the attendees arrive at the location of the event, the rest is up to the participants. It begins with a social gathering time accompanied by a light breakfast, although at Madison there were some amazing looking pastries. Then the magic begins. Anyone and everyone is free to suggest a topic for discussion. You can suggest things you feel like sharing, the things that you are excited about in your own practice. Or you can suggest sessions on topics you want to learn more about. The organizers facilitate the building of the schedule.
Schedule is created now what?
Once the schedule is created, every person is free to choose what sessions they will attend. The coolest part about all of this is if you step into a session that isn't for you, just use your feet and find a new session. If there isn't a session that really rocks your fancy, go out to the common area and connect with others. This is where some of the great collaboration sessions have happened as well.
While in each session, you may find a reluctant facilitator who will start by asking for ideas from others and basically is a conversation moderator. This allow everyone to have a voice and steer the conversation. You may find someone who is fired up about the topic, has resources to share, and they are going to run the show. This are great when the resources are what you are looking for. Often times these leaders, and I have been this facilitator at times wants to demonstrate the idea, concept, technology etc. and then open it up to others. It is up to the rest of the attendees to jump in when opportunity presents itself to ask questions, share their resources, and make the session what they want it to be.
I have been in many different sessions and have seen a variety of formats. In the end I and everyone in the session had opportunity to make a choice to stay or leave. If we stay, we also have a choice to contribute, ask questions, engage and learn, or just to be present. Edcamps are all about choice.
How does this all connect to #SSTLAP? Well at this weekend's edcamp, I connected with Chuck Taft again and we discussed how great our GHO (Google Hangout) Session for #sstlap went. I had been thinking about doing some sessions like this since attending my #edcamphome day of learning a few years ago. The idea of learning by connecting via a GHO while sitting at home is intriguing.
I propose establishing the first ever #edcampSSTLAP which would consist of a multitude of session options. Tonight's chat (Thursday) is about organizing this event. I want to see if people are interested, and what topics they might want to connect around.
My plan for our weekly #sstlap chat is to create Google Doc or Docs to allow for collaboration of ideas to help us plan our edcamp.
What will this entail?
First and foremost we need moderators. There can only be 10 people in a session at a time.
If there are people with Google Hangouts especially inviting people in and having people drop out of a GHO would be a plus but not a must.
A few people who would like to help me organize this undertaking would be appreciated.
Then the ideas for what we should talk about.
This will hopefully begin to take shape as we discuss in our chat this Thursday 3/5/15
I am sure there are other things but I am simply brainstorming at this point.
Questions for tonight are not only designed for a great chat tonight, but also to spark your interest in continuing the conversation via GHO in the very near future.
Q1 What are the most important concepts of #tlap that every teacher should understand and apply to their teaching? #sstlap
Do you want to be safe and good, or do you want to take a chance and be great? -Jimmy Johnson
Q2 What are you doing to be great? How do you play your Drum, and what Tune are you playing? pg 151 #sstlap
Life isn't 100% or Fail! pg 155
Q3 What stands in your way of being Amazing? Don't Let Critics Steal Your Soul! How can you stomp on Life's Obstacles? #sstlap
All Pirates travel with a crew
Q4 Who are the most important people in your PLN? You can branch out beyond #sstlap for this answer!
Spread the message
Q5 How do you spread the Pirate Message to grow the crew and make the world a better place? #sstlap
Are there lessons you could sell tickets to?
Q6 What makes a Ticket Lesson! Dissect what it takes to create a dynamic lesson! #sstlap
"The important thing is to never stop questioning"- Albert Einstein
Q7 What questions should we be asking to assist in our quest for improvement? #sstlap
Q8- What topics are you interested in connecting with other teachers to learn and grow? #sstlap