I had an interesting conversation with a few teachers and admins recently and it made me think about how some teachers are not on the Pirate ship yet. I have spoken of my journey to becoming a Pirate several times in posts. I did a number of things that weren't best practices, many times because those were the way that I was taught as a student and in my teacher prep. In the past few years my philosophy about education, the purpose of grading and homework has changed. I am still on a journey to become the educator I want to be. I hope you will join me in a conversation about best practices and delve into some of the issues facing educators daily.
I also decided to take a break from C3 framework because Chuck Taft will be MIA this week and he is much more well versed in the framework than I am.
And another BIG ALSO- I didn't forget about #edcampsstlap. It is something that has some logistical pieces that we need to decide on. The first thing is the day of the week- Please vote in the form below when will work best for you. EDCAMPSSTLAP VOTING
Questions for SSTLAP
Q1 What is the best #tlap strategy you have used this year? And Why? #sstlap
Q2 Homework - What is its purpose and role in your classroom? If you give it why? #sstlap
Q3 What do you do if students don't complete their assignments? Do they get to participate in class activities the next day? #sstlap
Q4 Grading - What is the purpose of Grades? What role do/should they play in learning? #sstlap
Q5 Assessment - How do you determine student mastery of your content? MC tests, essays, projects, etc. Why? #sstlap
Q6 What do you do if students aren't able to complete the assessment at the appropriate level? Can they revise? Why or why not? #sstlap
Q7 Lesson Planning- You can't teach it all, how to you decide what you will/won't include? Do you use Essential Questions? #sstlap
Q8 Engagement - How do you create engaging lessons for your Ss? What is most important to include in a lesson to make it engaging? #sstlap
Other things to consider in our discussion of Best Practices-
We are Pirates, how do we get others to view education the Pirate Way? How can we help others change their practice to focus on student learning/experiences and not grades? How can we ensure that students have multiple opportunities to learn and demonstrate their mastery? How can we build relationships that will forever change the face of education?