I recently began my coursework for my Administrator's License. In the first course we are talking about Leadership. We have been asked what type of leader do we want to be. I have been pondering that for some time as I think it is important to really develop a vision for what I want to grow into.
As part of my reflection I realized that am already a leader in various roles in education. I get to lead trainings and present technology to teachers. I have been a coach, and I am so humbled when people say that I am a leader of #sstlap because honestly I often feel like I am just creating questions. Questions that would end up being a one person conversation, me, myself and I if it weren't for the awesome group of passionate educators that show up there each Thursday for the past 3 or so years. Yeah it is staggering to think this has been going on that long. Imagine how many questions I have had to come up with and in thinking about that- I got to ask questions, to inquire about things. Imagine what would happen in education if we opened the door to allow students to ask their own questions and discover their own answers? BOOM! I will let you take a moment to consider that.
You are leaders of your classroom and have other opportunities to lead. I wanted you to think of yourself as a leader and engage in a conversation about growing in that role whether it is in the classroom, as a coach, mentor, admin, or whatever role you are in. I do have a few surprise questions after number 2 so please be ready for a fast conversation. I didn't get time to make those extra ones pretty but they are thought provoking, at least I think they are.
Thanks for joining each week so I am not the lone nut here all by myself!
Quantum Leap and Dr. Who
How can we use the idea of time travel in our classes to create great experiences for our students?
I am hoping you will come up with a few examples that we can all take back to our classrooms to engage our students.
I have used this concept a few times to create activities for my students. One example was when I asked students to pick an ancient civilization and create a time travel experience/vacation for their peers. Students were asked to become travel guides for their historic destination and create a presentation for their classmates. Students would view a selection of their peers' presentations and vote on where they would spend their money to take a vacation.
Another example is one I am working on with the idea of Quantum Leap. The idea is to have students choose an event in history that changed the course of history and make what once went wrong right again. Then explore the potential revision to history that would take place as this watershed moment was changed. This could be a much longer activity as it would force students to explore a multitude of events interconnected throughout history.
I created a more simplified version of that activity below where students watch the introduction to Quantum Leap and answer a couple of questions. In this case I chose 1968, but you could choose any time period or let student choose their own.
I have also wondered if we asked adults to look at an event in their own history to go back and fix an event, a moment, a choice, what would it be and why. I know we get those would would say nothing because they all led me to this point and place, but let's be honest if you have lived long enough you have made mistakes, so explore that idea.
To not overlook Dr. Who, the show has similarities to Quantum leap only they engage in alien species, but both look to solve problems and save the day.
Q1 Where and when would you travel to if you had the chance and why?
Q2 Where would you take your students why?
Q3 If you could change 1 event in history - don't worry if Quantum Leap and Dr Who can do it so can you. What event would you change and why?
Q4 If you could meet one person or group who would it/they be and why?
Q5 What historical event had the greatest impact on society? Explain
Q6 What examples of human environment interaction have been the most impactful.
Q Where would your students most like to go?
Q What other time travel shows or examples (books, etc.) can you incorporate into your classroom?
Q7 How could you use these questions (think about each Q individually) with ss to create a lesson.
What product might they create. How would they present their ideas?
How would this fit into your curriculum?
This week I wanted to try something new. So here is my attempt at a scavenger hunt on Twitter. I hope you like the infusion of technology into our normal chats because there are some tasks that require you to use your camera during the chat. To help you prep, I added the questions below to give you a chance to get your answers ready.
Q1 - Introductory selfie - take a picture of yourself and share a little about how you are- name location grade level subject
Q2A - This is something I don't do enough so thought it would be a good way to start --
Look at #sstlap feed from the past week or so and quote the tweet from another #sstlap person to #Piratehunt #sstlap. Explain why you chose this tweet to share.
Q2B check #sschat to see if there is anything on that chat feed that you think is worth using in your classroom
Q3 look at what is trending find a new hash tag and find something of interest to you. Quote that tweet and share to #PirateHunt #sstlap and make a comment about why you think this is worth sharing or what you learn from that feed that is trending.
John Doe - investigation into corporations and wealth in politics in Wisconsin
Q4 A. Followers - Please share at least 3 people that you follow and why - Quote this question in your response.
Q4B. Follow 3 new people and share their names in your tweet- quote this question to respond.
Q5 Video- use your phone or webcam to take a short video answering this question. Why do you join #sstlap? or Why do you enjoy teaching? or What is your number one goal or priority for this school year?
Q6A Answer with tweet, pic, or video or other- How do you introduce yourself to students each year, share examples if possible.
Q6B Introduce your real self beyond what you teach- who you are as a person.
Q7A Homework for next week -- share pictures/videos of your room or examples of student work from this year. Share to #sstlap #PirateHunt Share multiple posts of the things you are doing this week.
Q7B Homework for next week- virtual field trip - take a trip around your school or city and share a few places of interest. You could take pics or short videos to share about what makes your community great and unique!