I have been at the helm of #sstlap for I think over 2 years now. I started it because I was hooked on Dave Burgess's book Teach Like a Pirate and was transforming my teaching practices to meet those high expectations. I was hanging out in #tlap but thought how can this connect to social studies? How can we create #tlap lessons in social studies to reinvent the way we teach. Okay bottom line I created it because I needed help. I felt the demands of teaching, family, coaching and needed to connect with others for inspiration. #sstlap was all about what I needed and making me better. Each week questions were created based on what I needed to learn or do.
We are now two years plus into our journey and I have switched roles so I don't have that immediate need for social studies lessons. I am not struggling to figure out how to teach about exploration, colonization, war, or the perserverence of the human spirit.
As I write this tell all post, I do want to say that while the topics were fulfilling my immediate needs, I always wanted them to be important to others. I have seen so much growth in those who have participated and I hope you have seen benefit in the conversations.
I am currently reflecting on how to make #sstlap an important part of your professional and personal development. It has been life altering for me, but I have been able to direct the conversation. I am looking for ideas about where you would like to see #sstlap continue to move. I am looking for your input about topics and direction. Do we want to hit restart and revisit the principles of #tlap? Do we want to have a stronger Social Studies focus examining specific content and how to best teach it? Do we want to move to more philosophical discussions about education? I don't have all the answers, and while I have come up with hundreds of questions for you, I am looking for you to once again help me answer some of those questions.
I want to make #sstlap beneficial for each of you. We have regular members, some frequent contributors, and always brand new faces. We have social studies teachers obviously but have also connected with a multitude of educators at various levels subjects and even those who have walked into that sunset we call retirement but are still powerful forces in education.
Please share your thoughts with how to help make #sstlap relevant, and meaningful to you.
Q1 What brings you to #sstlap? What brings you back to the conversation?
Q2 What is a topic or topics you want to discuss in #sstlap?
Q3 What are your goals for this year, and how can we help you reach them as a PLN? #sstlap
Q4 What is more important for you - lesson ideas and examples or educational philosophy #sstlap explain
Q5 How have you connected to your #sstlap PLN? How have they helped you- have you helped them?
Q6 What do you want to get out of #sstlap?
Q7 What are you pressing needs for your own development? Do you want to host a chat to help achieve your goals? #sstlap