My new role has precluded me from direct contact with students on a daily basis, so maybe that is why I started thinking about how students view what we do on a daily basis. This got me thinking about what it was like to be a student so many years ago. I must admit my mind works in mysterious ways, well mysterious, strange, random, all the same it got me to tonight's topic.
First off I would like to take a moment to reflect on the the events that occurred on September 11, 2001. I hope we give pause to think about what those events really mean, how they impacted us as a nation and a world. Although we are not focusing on 9/11 specifically, the conversations I have had this past week have influenced tonight's topic. In my new role as a Tech Integrator I work with teachers in all subjects and levels. On Monday, another Tech Integrator who also teaches a class of English Language Learners at the local technical college asked me if I had a good lesson plan for 9/11. Later in the week I met a high school social studies teacher and after discussing various topics, I brought up the 9/11 lesson. I can't take credit for this lesson, it was the result of an idea by Melissa Seideman. She proposed that social studies teachers connect their classrooms by creating blog posts about 9/11. The idea was to have students interview adults who were around when it happened, record their stories, have students reflect on these experiences and create blog posts. The final step was to have students read other blog posts. Here is the blog from last year. What I noticed was the dramatic change in voice from those in the midwest and west like my students, compared to the east coast. You can check it out for yourself.
The other inspiration for the topic tonight comes from Kimbery Hurd who may be the most positive person I have ever met. She is not only a great educator, but has been so very supportive of me over the past year that I can't give her enough credit for how much influence she has had on me and my teaching practices. So I was honored the other day when she sent me a tweet telling me to check voxer. I am fairly new to voxer, but when I listened to her message, I jumped right in. Kimberly has just moved to teaching the 5th grade from another position and was looking to PIRATE up her social studies curriculum. So she gave me a topic of Native Americans and we took off from there. We went back and forth sending voxers back and forth and in the end she came up with this lesson. She shared it with me and wanted some feedback to make it better. This is what tonight's topic is all about.
We are going to make lesson plans, share ideas, collaborate, and hopefully come away with a few lessons that we can use in our classrooms in the next few weeks or over the course of this year.
Tonight is about putting our ideas down on paper, making a plan, and creating something that we can and will use. We talk about ideas, philosophy, and inspire each other. I hope tonight we walk away with something tangible, a physical product that you can apply to your classroom and rock your students' world!
So here we go!
Step 1- I have attached a Google Doc with a pretty basic lesson plan template - Please open the doc- Create a copy, and Fill in your ideas either before, during or after the chat.
Step 2- Submit the document on the spreadsheet and share so anyone with the link can comment
Step 3- Look at other people's plans, make comments to help others improve their plans
Step 4- Connect with others, collaborate, tweak, create, learn, grow- Don't stop learning together!
Build your unit tonight!
Q1 what content topic or essential question are you going to focus on to build your ticket lesson? #sstlap
Q2 what are the learning objectives common core standards etc you will use for this lesson? #sstlap
Q3 how will you present information for Ss so they learn the content? What documents information will they access and how? #sstlap
Q4 how will Ss engage in the content? How will you turn this into an experience? #sstlap
Q5 how will you build excitement and anticipation for this lesson? #sstlap
Q6 how will Ss demonstrate mastery if the content? How will you assess their knowledge? What would make this an memorable experience. step away from the scantron! (MC?) #sstlap
Q7 can you make this experience authentic? Who can you invite to be the audience for Ss? #sstlap
Q8 what hook(s) will you use throughout this lesson? #sstlap
EC share your ticket lessons for other pirates- create GDoc and share on form. Allow others to comment to help you fine tune your lesson- it is about the Ss success so "stop collaborate and learn!" #sstlap
As teachers across the country are returning to school and some meeting their students for the first time this week, others for only the first few weeks, I see teachers across the Twitterverse creating amazing lessons to introduce their students to their classroom environment.
What would you expect to see in a classroom the first few days of school? If you answered students sitting in rows quietly listening to teachers go over their syllabus, expectations and RULES, then you aren't seeing PIRATE teachers. PIRATES know that those things can wait. It is more important to foster and nurture those fledgling relationships with students. The first few days are vital to showing students your classroom will be different. It is in these precious few hours that we can break out of the typical routine and create the dynamic awesomeness that is a PIRATE classroom.
Q1 What do you do with your first few days of school? #sstlap
Q2 What is the most important goal of your first week of school? #sstlap
Q3 What is the most important thing you want students to learn in your class this term/year? #sstlap
Q4 How will you show Ss they matter in your classroom this year? #sstlap
Q5 What are your best PIRATE tricks/hooks and ideas to connect with and engage your Ss? #sstlap
Q6 Calling all PIRATES- How will you celebrate what happens in your class to connect with parents and Ss? #sstlap
Q7 Who is your go to person when you are feeling stressed, or need inspiration? #sstlap
Q8 What are you going to do this year to make sure Ss would come to class even if they don't have to?
Q9 What are your ticket lessons? If you don't think you have any- set some goals! #sstlap
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.