SSTLAP started a little over three years ago as a means to connect the ideas shared by Dave Burgess in his amazing book Teach Like a Pirate. As part of the vision to create the chat was for social studies teachers to connect and collaborate. In this time I have seen too many amazing lesson ideas and student created products to count. I have been able to take some of these ideas and use them immediately in my classroom and see the instant change in the demeanor, excitement and level of achievement in my students that helped create a more dynamic learning environment.
What I have come to realize is we have been great at sharing ideas, engaging in amazing conversations and inspiring each other but have done a poor job or collecting and archiving those resources. The idea of writing a book is in some ways just a hypothetical endeavor at least at this point, but thought it connects to the vision I have for collecting and sharing the great resources that this amazing group of educators has created and shared. We have a wide range of teachers show up in this chat and share resources in the feed frequently. We have K-12, online, college, retired and non-social studies teachers join us.
What I am proposing is to create a place on this site where we chronicle the great lessons you have created or ideas you have for great learning activities that you are willing to share. The ideas will be posted here and available for all to see, use, and hopefully create opportunities for more collaboration.
The form below is a starting point to share the great lessons like the infamous Grudgeball, or the transformation of a classroom into a Speakeasy or the trenches of World War I. We might see a lesson about students dealing with a historical issue like creating their own plan for Reconstruction, or a gamified lesson on the Renaissance. The list might include the use of bracketology for what event was the most important of the Cold War or some other time period. We could possibly see ways that teachers have created their own guest speakers complete with costumes. An incredible lesson that I hope finds its way to our list is a mummification unit that include a mannequin.
Recently I have discovered #Booksnaps thanks to @TaraMartinEdu -where you use Snapchat to create images of pages from books with summaries or highlights of the main ideas.
I also saw that Tyler George was inviting his pre-service teachers to the chat so I thought it was fitting to mix this technology with the foundation of #sstlap which is #tlap or Teach Like A Pirate if you are new to the conversation.
Questions are below- love to hear how you could use #booksnaps in your class or have students create using Snapchat for good.