This week I was asked to assist with curriculum rollout for High School Social Studies Teachers. I was excited to learn more about the curriculum focus and the ideas being shared in conversations. I think they are on the right track for presenting history to students. They have created several different courses to explore modern US history from various POV. I won't get all the names right but there is one looking at Conflict, another is Race Gender and Diversity, and there were a couple others. The idea of exploring history from various perspectives with students able to choose their path of study.
The training and conversations got me thinking about how we approach teaching and learning. There were a few things that came from those conversations. We looked at using Google Classroom and the new feature to allow students to use the video feature. Another aspect was the idea of creating collaboration groups to share ideas and support each other. On Twitter I saw some teachers jumping into the ObserveMe movement to open their classrooms up to colleagues to come in and observe them to help them improve as educators.
Tonight's topic is about a few different ideas that I have come across that I think are important to moving us forward in education. They are relatively simple ideas, but can be powerful practices that transform the learning experience for your students.