It's that time again! What time you might ask, well... Time to celebrate what our students have accomplished in our classes this year. Notice I didn't say share the great things you are doing in your classes, because it isn't about us as teachers it is about our students, and our credit comes in what the students do create. If we don't provide them with meaningful opportunities the amazing things they create wouldn't ever materialize. The simple shift of what our students do versus what we do I have found to be powerful in the conversations I have had with other educators, with parents and most importantly with my own students. It isn't I or Me in class it has to be We. We allows all students to connect to the lesson, project and learning adventure.
We have done Sharapalooza a few times in the history of #sstlap. I have been amazed at all the amazing things that students have been able to experience or produce in your classes. I am inspired by the creativity and passion you have unleashed with your students.
Taking it to the next level! This summer I tossed out the idea of doing some of our chats via GHO but never took it beyond an idea. Well when I shared out the topic Sharapalooza with our topic from last week of Connecting your Classroom, I was approached by Rob Pennington that we should do a GHO on Air. I was instantly excited about the idea. I have done GHOs before and loved the experience, but I didn't know how to run it and make it accessible to as many as possible since you can only have 10 people in a GHO at a time. So Rob steps in again informs me that he has moderated the kinds of GHO where people come in and out throughout the conversation.
How will this work? Our vision is that there were be a few of us in the GHO as moderators having a conversation discussing some of the ideas we have about the questions. As the conversation kicks off on Twitter we will invite some of the amazing educators who are sharing on Twitter into the GHO. When you enter the GHO you will be able to elaborate on your response, add other ideas to the conversation and when done, you can jump out of the GHO to allow others to join the video conversation. I must admit the planner inside of me is nervous because when you do something with multiple moving parts there are unforeseen issues. However the potential for this to be an amazing experience outweighs the potential failure.
We're going big - Best of showcase!
Q1 best multiple choice test you have written this year
Q2 best strategy to keep Ss tethered to their seats
Q3 best lecture to disengage Ss
Q4 best activity that was done for the sole audience of the teacher
Q4 best assignment that was simply busy work- to occupy Ss so you could check Pinterest.
Q5 best educational video- you know the one where when the lights come up the heads don't #snoozefest
Q6 best coloring (where coloring skills are more important than content) or factoid project
No those are not the questions for Sharapalooza.
I will drop the questions for Sharapalooza 2015 Volume 1 soon!
I apologize for the not having the questions done when I share the post, but I wanted to give you time to prepare for the new format.
To help you prepare for the questions- here are some potential ideas- a
I also welcome your thoughts for things we could share in our celebration- we could add Q8 or adjust my questions when you share your suggestions that rock!
- Best of-
Q1 Competition Hook - Gamifying your activity
Q2 Priming the Grill- Setting the stage of anticipation- Igniting the curiosity-
Q3 Best Field trip or transforming the learning environment
Q4 Connecting to the world beyond- guest speaker- Skype or GHO etc. activities
Q5 Get Jiggy with it, or Play me a song the Piano Man- bringing music into the experience
Q6 Choose your hook(s) - your chance to celebrate any example of hooks you have incorporated-
Q7 Your best lesson/Ticket Lesson- the one students would come back for
We are going to steal your lessons for Q6 and Q7 just so you know- heck who am I kidding we are stealing them for all the Questions tonight.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.