Are you ready to go BACK TO SCHOOL? While I realize some of you are there already, many of us are in those final days of
Not that it is a bad thing to begin the school year. In fact this year marks a significant change in my role in education. I am in the process of doing all the wonderful hiring paperwork for a new position. So it is with great excitement that I host tonight's #sstlap and try to wrap my brain around the transition that will be taking place in the next few days and over the course of this school year.
So here are the questions for tonight- They are a little all over the place but I think they connect to the beginning of the school year and how we can make the experience we deliver our students better!
Q1 What is the most important change you are looking forward to making in your classroom/activities this year? why? #sstlap
Q2 How have/will you make your room look to create the PIRATE experience? #sstlap love to see pics!
You have either been through Pre-service PD or will be shortly. With that in mind, let's talk PD!
Q3 What is/should be the purpose of teacher PD? #sstlap
Q4 What should teacher PD look like, especially beginning of the year? #sstlap
Teachable moments- here we come! Social Studies is full of teachable moments, so with so many current events happening around the world, how do you address those issues?
I have been discussing issues this week on race, Ferguson, and other highly charged topics with other educators and found myself reflecting on how I have addressed similar issues in the past. One thing I have learned is no one person can ever represent all the ideas, perspectives or actions of an entire group, we are all individuals. Thus we can't put our students on the spot to represent a group they may belong to.
My own example was being the only male in a women in literature feminist writers course in college. Why was I there- well I thought about a minor in English for a bit, and thought being the only guy in a room full of women couldn't be bad. I was so wrong! There were the male bashing days. They had experiences with men that didn't go well and when they wanted answers as to why men acted certain ways, I found myself surrounded and trying to defend my gender. I could not. I had not done the things these other men had done, I had no answer to justify behaviors. I realized I was in the minority for really the first time in my life. I have only had a few experiences like this, and try to keep this in mind in my classroom.
As we go back to school and significant current events continue to unfold, how will we address them. It is a difficult task, so I look forward to learning with you. Also #sschat discussed Ferguson last night and I believe the archives are sschat.org and archives here.
Q5 How do you incorporate current events into your classroom? #sstlap
Q6 How do you address events like civil war in Syria, or Ferguson in your classes? #sstlap
Q7 How do you discuss issues of inequality, racism, in your classroom to provide a variety of POV #sstlap
This is a question I have been asking the past week- I am looking to help others find amazing people to follow as they begin their efforts to connect via Twitter.
Q8 If you could only follow 1 person who would it be and why? #sstlap
The idea is who does the most to help you as a person or educator.
Q9 What topics should we cover in the next few weeks? #sstlap
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.