Sorry that today's intro might be short in terms of an amazingly inspirational story or videos that make you tear up a little as you have come to expect. But seriously, I am going to be pretty to the point today because like many of you I have had to answer the call. The call that stirs your inner soul, the call that gives you purpose in life, that inspires you to get moving. You all have probably experienced that call at some point. Mine has been about 6 AM this past week and has been in the form on an alarm clock buzzing. I must admit- haven't set it the rest for a few months, and I am not a fan! But that buzz marks the real reason for a stirring in my soul- I get to go back to work to hang out with other educators and make a difference!!
So tonight we are going to talk about how to use quotes, lyrics and movie lines in our classroom!
How can you leverage pop culture in your lesson plans?
Q1 Create your own Movie Line, Lyric or Quote- what would it be? Could you use this with your students? #sstlap
Q2 How can you use Movie Lines, Lyrics and Famous Quotes in your learning environment? #sstlap
Q3a Get busy living or get busy dying, or Carpe Diem have similar sentiment- how could you apply these ideas into your class environment or activities? #sstlap
Q3b I'll be Back- Schwarzenegger - Who else in history may have said this, or would it apply to? How can students use a similar line to connect to historical events? #sstlap
Q4 Music is so important to our lives- what song or lyrics connect to your content? There can be a multitude of examples #sstlap
Q5 A House Divided cannot stand... How can you use this sentiment to create a lesson about historical events? #sstlap
Q6 In what ways can students use music in your classroom? Yes Students are in charge of this one! #sstlap
Q7 Replace or Rewrite lines, lyrics or quotes- How could you leverage Ss pop culture knowledge to demonstrate mastery of history/Geo/etc. #sstlap
Imagine the possibilities
Last night I had a hard time falling asleep, it was the eve of #coffeeedu in Sheboygan. I was going to connect with some awesome educators like Michael Matera, Josh and Becky Gauthier, Michael Jaber and many others. The premise is to gather together and discuss anything and everything in education. It was interesting because there wasn't an agenda and no large group discussions. We were able to float around and jump in and out of conversations as the wind blew.
Why I couldn't sleep beyond looking forward to #coffeeedu is because I was being bombarded with ideas about Choose Your Own Adventure. I remember these books from my childhood and for some reason my brain was stuck on this idea. My synapsis were on rapid fire thinking about how to create and use these in the classroom. How could I use this concept in the classroom? How could both teachers and students use this to create amazing learning experiences?
I first got up went to the kitchen and scribbled a note about using Google Forms to allow the user to choose different paths. The next time I arose from my comfy bed was to write down Google Docs- using either the header or links in the doc to have students write a passage and then click on a link to jump to the next segment. The final time I made the trip to the kitchen and the notepad was to write about the content ideas and applications.
While at #coffeeedu I asked Josh Gauthier about this and he said he had seen this done with Google Forms. He later sent me a link with an example. I also spent time searching for examples online. I will share those examples below. Tonight we will be talking about how to use this concept in your classroom.
#sstlap choose your own path
Q1 You need to follow the link to find the first question- Choose Your Own Adventure
Q2 How can you use Choose Your Own Adventure in your class? What ideas do you have for using it? #sstlap
Let's Look at some content areas-
Q3 Geography- How can Choose Your Own Adventure be applied to studying places, environments, culture? #sstlap
Q4 History- what topics in hist could you use CYOA? What if...concept applied to events- Students rewrite history- what if Kennedy wasn't assassinated? #sstlap
Q5 Social Studies- How could you apply CYOA to social issues? Students make choices and see consequences- what topics could you apply? #sstlap
Q6 Review- Want to check student understanding? How could you use CYOA for formative assessment? #sstlap
Q7 Student Creations- Some CYOA examples are T creations, some could be Ss- How can students create CYOA activities in your class? #sstlap
Tonight's chat is a compilation of ideas, but it started with the video from question 1. I was immediately drawn into the story of the changing of times. It reminded me of a decades project I did in high school. I started thinking about what else could be done. Then I saw a few more video clips along the week that led me to the idea of what can you do with the various examples provided. How can you make them work in your classroom?
Q1 Fashion through the ages - How could you use this to chronicle history, social movements, art, architecture, economic movements? http://goo.gl/YWvHAk #sstlap
More examples on the link above - inspirational video below.
Q2 Hip Hughes grants you 3 wishes - https://goo.gl/Zm1NnC how could you use this concept in your Ss? What content and how use? #sstlap
Q3 At a conference the presenter asked us to take a selfie to demonstrate how we were doing with our comfort or understanding level. I thought it was a great idea. So how can we use student technology to do check in's? This can be faketweets or fake texts for younger kids but concept is the same.
Q3 SELFIE - How can we leverage Ss own tech in your lessons, text, snapchat, selfies? #sstlap
Q4 Art - How can you use art in your lessons? Examples - https://goo.gl/PaOHhE or http://goo.gl/6hl70P or Art trading cards from last chat- #sstlap
Q5 2Pac teaches sociology - How can you use video clips or create your own to explain concepts? How can you turn this over to students? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8s5o7ivNKhg #sstlap
Q6 Confessional Videos - How can you infuse confessional type videos into your lesson plans to have students reflect on their learning process? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVSNgOMJmno #sstlap
Q7 PAN- We teach History from past to present- What if we flipped the process? Discuss the current reality and then fill in the rest of the story from the beginning. How can you use this strategy with Ss https://goo.gl/HWzqQt#sstlap
Tonight was about taking inspiration from concepts, some can be easily translated into our content area, some we have to be more creative. I hope you share out your incarnations of lesson plans and uses for these concepts you infuse into your curriculum.
Oh and one late edition just because it's awesome video creation and reminds me of ISTE!
Dead Poet's Society - Oh Captain My Captain
I watched Robin Williams inspire a classroom of young men, standing on the desks and acting like a fool for his students. They were puzzled, curious, and most importantly engaged like they hadn't been before. He challenged them to think, do and experience learning. He got them out of their comfort zone and stretched their thinking. He was a character in a movie that made me want to learn more and do more. He was very different from my Latin Teacher who showed us the film. He was different from most of the teachers I had in school. He challenged authority, created powerful learning experiences, and made me think about teaching. One of the most powerful lines in the movie and it was likely the reason we were able to watch it in Latin Class was Carpe Diem, - Seize the Day!
What does that mean to you?
How are you seizing the day in the classroom, in your personal life?
I must admit that I do not live by this mantra. I do not take advantage of opportunities in my daily life to be more physically fit, learn to do more things, build relationships to be as fruitful and positive as I could or should. I have a long way to go to truly Seize the Day.
I need help - reminders to do things in my life to truly live up to Carpe Diem. So I am hoping that this week you will help me and others figure out how to Seize the Day. I hope that together we can make our lives easier so we can be rockstars for our students, colleagues and especially our families.
I don't want to set this up as if you don't think you make the most of everyday, every second that you don't have valuable insights. We are all successful at some things and need help in others. I am hoping that some of you have great ideas on how to cultivate relationships, while others may have great ideas for setting your attitude or finding your passion that helps guide your ship daily.
This week, #sstlap is about how we set sail- how do we point our compass in the direction necessary to achieve greatness in our personal and professional lives. I am hoping that you will share some of your tips to help both veteran and rookie staff to manage the stresses of life and bring your A game to everything you do.
Bueller Bueller Bueller-- and the Questions are...
Q1 How are you seizing the day in the classroom, in your personal life? #sstlap
Q2 What are you/can you do to create Oh Captain My Captain moments in your classroom? #sstlap
Q3 Matt Miller says #ditchbook Ditch that Textbook- they shred the text in the movie- how can you help students discover what really matters in your subject? #sstlap
Q4a What are your personal strengths, success stories? Don't be shy we all have something we hang our hat on- personal or professional #sstlap
Q4b What advice would you give others aka "secrets" to your awesomeness in whatever area you are good at to help us all Seize the Day? #sstlap
Q5 What do you do that is successful to make connections with others and maintain relationships? #sstlap
Q6 What is your passion in life? How did you learn about it? What lessons have you learned along the way? How can you help others develop similar passions? #sstlap
Q7 We are sailing into rough waters - challenges and stress looming - How do you deal with stress and the negative energies both personal and professional? #sstlap
Q8 Will you set a goal to improve your average of days you live up to Carpe Diem this year? If so toss out your goal- how many days per week, month, year and make it happen! We are all here to help, and no one will hold you to it except yourself. - Make it lofty but achievable #sstlap