I normally have a post to go with our discussion, and tonight is no exception, however I wrote it on another part of the blog because it developed into a full fledge rant. If you want to read the inspiration for tonight's questions, please check out the link here -
#SSTLAP is all about brining the message of Teach Like a Pirate to the social studies classroom. Over the past year plus, we have definitely discussed many ways to engage students, to celebrate their work, to collaborate, build relationships, infuse technology, and many more.
Gamification is one of the greatest ideas to be incorporated into education in recent years. (IMO) - Tonight is all about Games well at least about using games for professional development. We have played Speed Dating in the past, and tonight we are going to use the concept of Connect 4 to grow as educators. So tonight is not going to be as cool as the things Michael Matera and other Gamification experts do in their classroom. There will be no leveling up, no side tasks, not even badges to be earned. Instead we are going to use the simple concept of a child's game to discuss education.
One of my favorite games as a kid, and one that I continue to play with my daughter is Connect 4. I always like to explain where my ideas for the chats come from, mostly to give credit for those who have inspired the ideas, or those I have stolen the concept from.
Tonight's concept comes from a chat that I saw being promoted last week with the questions posted prior to the chat. I took a peak at the questions, but unfortunately I don't remember who posted the questions or what chat they belong to.
The concept of Connect 4 is about making connections. So the format for tonight's chat will be responding to questions with 4 ideas that demonstrate your thoughts on making connections.
Before we begin, we have to cover last week's homework or EC. Please share the results of your homework.
EC1- Find the superpowers of your students- celebrate them all year! challenge- post 2 examples this week! #sstlap
EC2- Let your students share their theme song- make the connection with them. #sstlap
EC3- Share with me your ideas and reasons for theme song, superpowers and student examples #sstlap share as comments on blog
Q1 Provide 4 ways you connect with your students to let them know you care
Q2 Explain the 4 methods you use to connect with colleagues to help them learn, grow and be more of a pirate
Q3 What are 4 examples of how you connect your content to the lives and world of your students
Q4 How do you make connections between your content, students, and other classes or teachers
Q5 What are 4 methods you use to to connect your classroom events to parents? #sstlap
Q6 What are 4 ways you can create more engagement in teaching lessons of Civil War, Constitution, War, Government #sstlap
Q7 What are 4 of your favorite hooks for teaching social studies lessons and why? #sstlap
Q8 What are your 4 favorite lessons and why? #sstlap
This week like most weeks, I find myself seeking ideas for our chats, and inevitably it is through conversations with others when inspiration strikes.
So I am going to cheat and name 2- the second one is from SugarLand- the Song Stand Up. I love this song because it is a call to action. I heard this when Wisconsin was witness to a political campaign against education, so it was easy for me to make the connection to this fight. However I believe this song could be used as the voice for anyone trying to do what they think is right. This is the victim standing up to the bully or tormentor, the David's of the world standing up to Goliath, it is the voice of all those who have had enough and want to see change and are willing to take action! I love this song because I too often stand quietly by, and in the last few years have begun to raise up and empower my voice in education.
Anyone who has a theme song must be rocking it! They must be something special! So this leads me to the second concept that is inspired by a lesson from Michael Milton, @42ThinkDeep who used superheroes to help his students understand the important powers of the Bill of Rights. And as long as I have a video stream going, here is a THROWBACK THURSDAY superhero video greatness!
Tonight's topic is about our role as heroes to our students and the power we have! Time to celebrate the superhero in all of us!
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