Check out the video to learn a little more about Halloween - Bet you didn't know-
So I decided to play a little Halloween Trick and changed the questions- here they are!!!!
We study the past examining the events of history, especially the actions of others and analyze their success and failures. We evaluate their actions, decisions and the outcomes of the choices they made. Time is a resource and an obstacle. We can both be awarded time to devote to certain objectives and also see the finite limits of time available to achieve our goals.
I spend time thinking about Time and how it connects to each of us. We are all given a finite amount to time each day. During that time we are faced with choices too numerous to count. We have choices about when and how to begin our day, how we engage or interact with others, what are attitude and mindset will be and how we deal with difficult situations. We also have choices about what we do with our free time, the time we are not at work.
I need a kickstart in my life, a push to use my time more productively. I am looking for inspiration to find new ways to use my free time to feel like I am contributing and benefiting others.
Tonight let's talk about the importance of Time - the study of and use of our own time to achieve greatness.
Q1 When studying history, what are the most interesting time periods for you? Why? #sstlap
Q2 When analyzing history, what are the most significant events, or innovations that you find valuable or of interest to you and your students? #sstlap
Q3 When looking at the innovations or events, what stands out about the accomplishment or choices made in terms of time period, or how the people used their time? #sstlap
Q4 The individuals that we study who we say made history had same number of hours in a day as we do, how were they able to accomplish such great things? What characteristics do they have? #sstlap
Q5 What characteristics of greatness Q4 do you possess and how do you use your time to foster those characteristics? #sstlap
Q6 What are your biggest time wasters, time drainers or obstacles to achieving your greatness? #sstlap
Q7 What do you need to blow up those obstacles and help you achieve your greatness? #sstlap
I have been at the helm of #sstlap for I think over 2 years now. I started it because I was hooked on Dave Burgess's book Teach Like a Pirate and was transforming my teaching practices to meet those high expectations. I was hanging out in #tlap but thought how can this connect to social studies? How can we create #tlap lessons in social studies to reinvent the way we teach. Okay bottom line I created it because I needed help. I felt the demands of teaching, family, coaching and needed to connect with others for inspiration. #sstlap was all about what I needed and making me better. Each week questions were created based on what I needed to learn or do.
We are now two years plus into our journey and I have switched roles so I don't have that immediate need for social studies lessons. I am not struggling to figure out how to teach about exploration, colonization, war, or the perserverence of the human spirit.
As I write this tell all post, I do want to say that while the topics were fulfilling my immediate needs, I always wanted them to be important to others. I have seen so much growth in those who have participated and I hope you have seen benefit in the conversations.
I am currently reflecting on how to make #sstlap an important part of your professional and personal development. It has been life altering for me, but I have been able to direct the conversation. I am looking for ideas about where you would like to see #sstlap continue to move. I am looking for your input about topics and direction. Do we want to hit restart and revisit the principles of #tlap? Do we want to have a stronger Social Studies focus examining specific content and how to best teach it? Do we want to move to more philosophical discussions about education? I don't have all the answers, and while I have come up with hundreds of questions for you, I am looking for you to once again help me answer some of those questions.
I want to make #sstlap beneficial for each of you. We have regular members, some frequent contributors, and always brand new faces. We have social studies teachers obviously but have also connected with a multitude of educators at various levels subjects and even those who have walked into that sunset we call retirement but are still powerful forces in education.
Please share your thoughts with how to help make #sstlap relevant, and meaningful to you.
Q1 What brings you to #sstlap? What brings you back to the conversation?
Q2 What is a topic or topics you want to discuss in #sstlap?
Q3 What are your goals for this year, and how can we help you reach them as a PLN? #sstlap
Q4 What is more important for you - lesson ideas and examples or educational philosophy #sstlap explain
Q5 How have you connected to your #sstlap PLN? How have they helped you- have you helped them?
Q6 What do you want to get out of #sstlap?
Q7 What are you pressing needs for your own development? Do you want to host a chat to help achieve your goals? #sstlap
Last Week I began exploring Google My Maps and shared Amazing Race Activity that I learned from Josh Gauthier. I made a quick demo to share with teachers in my school to hopefully spark their creativity.
This week I was contacted by Josh's wife Rebecca that she was using My Maps to study Africa. She added some cool challenges and some information all to 1 map. I think it created an environment where she was both instructing and allowing for students to create and learn.
The continuation of these examples inspired me to use the tool for this week's chat.
The plan is for you to venture into the map and check out the visuals included while paying attention to the location and the question. Return to the #sstlap chat and answer the question. I will then post the next map and you will find the question and information in the new map.
I don't want to ruin the experience so I am only going to share the first map with you so you can get acquainted with the concept. You will have to wait until Thursday to find out more.
Q1 #sstlap The TLAP journey begins.
As you go through the activity, pay attention to the locations- there maybe a quiz at the end.
I was sitting with my family in church this weekend when the pastor began his sermon. I quickly realized he was talking to me because he was throwing darts at my existence. His question was simple- what is your story? But as he continued he began to provide examples that I could too closely relate to. He stated examples of potential stories. I was really good at watching TV, I was exceptional at supporting my favorite sports team, I had opportunity to truly make a difference but didn't, I had good intentions but... well you get the picture.
I felt like these were all on point in describing my life. I don't seize the day, I don't live up to my own expectations and I have a lot left to do in order to rock my own story.
I found this conversation powerful and cause for reflection. So tonight we are looking at What is Your Story?
Q1 What are you good/great at? What do you excel at in your life? #sstlap
Q2 What are you most proud of as a person? #sstlap
Q3 What are you most proud of as an educator? #sstlap
Q4 What are your biggest struggles in life to be as awesome as you can be? #sstlap
Q5 What are the obstacles as an educator to raising the roof of your greatness? #sstlap
Q6 What do you want your story as an educator to be? #sstlap
Q7 What do you want others to remember about you as a person- what is your story? #sstlap
Q8 Public Decree- What will you do daily, weekly, etc. to make 6&7 reality? #sstlap
My hope for this conversation is to not dwell on the negatives, but to identify areas we could work on and achieve our goals together. I hope this helps to inspire you to right your ship and achieve your dreams!