1.)What does it mean to be a reflective teacher/educator?
2.) How do you or could you reflect on your teaching/work?
3) What did you do in your classroom (or position) this year that you are most proud of? Share!!
4a.) What did you try that didn’t work out as planned, or what did you want to try but were never able to?
4b.) Why didn’t it work out? Will you try to implement the idea in a new way next school year? Explain.
5a.) How were you able to teach curriculum and state standards with fidelity while keeping students engaged as active learners?
5b.) How can you grow in this area? -OR- Share how you’ve grown in this area.
6a. Classroom Management…The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Share your successes!!!
6b.) How can you improve your classroom management? (Some of you are experts in this! Tell us your best tips and tricks!!)
7.) How did you build community and connect with parents this school year? Will you make changes for next year?
8.) How did your students and/or coworkers help you to grow as an educator this year?
9.) How did you help your coworkers grow as educators this year?
Sharing ideas for creating end of year memories, celebrating achievements, and encouraging Summer learning!
- Q1.The school year is almost over what special things are you doing to make memories with your class? #OKElem
- Q2. How are you/could you include families in end of year celebrations and events? #OKElem
- Q3. What achievements do you honor or would you like to honor? #OKElem
- Q4. How do you honor student achievements? #OKElem
- Q5. Teachers and Students are ready for Summer! What are your best tips for making it to Summer without losing your sanity? #OKElem
- Q6. In your opinion, how real is “the summer slide”? #OKElem
- Q7. Do you give Summer homework? Why or why not? #OKElem
- Q8. How can we encourage students to read over the summer? #OKElem
- Q9. Will you stay connected with students over the summer? If so explain. #OKElem
- Q10. Share: professional books your reading, chats we should try, Pinterest boards or blogs to follow, etc. #OKElem
The topic of this chat was inspired by a question I keep asking myself and anyone who will listen…Why aren’t students retaining what we teach, and what they have supposedly learned? This has prompted me to examine my own teaching and ask…am I teaching for mastery/competency? I’m excited to learn from you as we collaborate and share ideas.
- What is learning for mastery?
- Are memorization and learning for mastery different? Explain?
- How do you teach for mastery when students come without prerequisite knowledge?
- How can we teach for mastery and keep pace with state standards, curriculum calendars etc.?
- When teaching for mastery how can we meet the needs of all students (high and low)?
- Should all students be required to demonstrate mastery in the same way? Explain.
- How do students demonstrate mastery?
- Does standardized testing have a place in a 21st Century Mastery Learning environment?
- How could mastery learning and project based learning be used together in the classroom?
Articles I’ve been reading:
Mastery Based Assessment Builds Accountability
A New Kind Of Classroom No Grades, No Failing, No Hurry
5 Myths About Mastery Based Learning
Competency Based Education
Building a Better Transcript: What Grades Measure and What They Don’t
5 Strategies To Insure Student Learning
Will Letter Grades Survive
Personalized Competency-Based Education
(Please share other articles that might be of interest in the comments.)
- What are your professional goals or dreams for 2018 (and beyond)?
- What are your personal goals or dreams for 2018 (and beyond)?
- How do you stay on track to reach your goals?
- How can we (#OKElem PLN) encourage each other in personal and professional growth/reaching new goals?
- How can you be a leader in your building, setting a positive tone, and encouraging others?
- Do you set goals with your students? Tell us more!!
- We’re 1/2 way through the year…winter months can seem long…how do you do to keep things exciting?
- Do you have a 2018 personal or professional reading list? Share!!
- What books are you looking forward to sharing with students in 2018?
- Share one cool thing that you’ve done with students this year. (We love photos!)
If you need a little goal setting inspiration check our Stephanie Hime’s blog post: My “One Word” for 2018
With all of the negative surrounding education it’s sometimes easy to let negativity creep in. Let’s slow down and count our blessings. Share what you’re thankful for and why. The things you’re thankful for, may be the encouragement or reminder someone else needs. (There will be Twitter shout outs and Chat suggestions…a great opportunity to find new people to follow and learn about great chats to join.)
- There are many things to be thankful for when it comes to being a teacher…why are you thankful to be a teacher?
- We all have those students who make our job easy, offer comedy relief, or challenge us to stretch ourselves as educators. Tell us about your students and why you’re thankful for them?
- Community stake holders (parents, community members etc.) help to create a positive school community. Who are the stake holders you are thankful for…Why?
- It’s important to have leaders we can count on…do you have an administrator you’re thankful for? Who is it and why are you thankful for them?
- Support from teammates and fellow teachers in our home school, and local school district is important. Who are you thankful for and why?
- Our schools couldn’t run and we couldn’t do our jobs without support staff and personnel. Who are you thankful for and why?
- I don’t know about you but I’m thankful for my Twitter PLN and great chats that challenge my thinking. Give a shout out to folks in your Twitter PLN, and share a Chat that you’re thankful for!
If you mentioned someone in a Tweet who isn’t on Twitter…let them know you’re thankful for them!!
Join the conversation as we discuss, Personalize learning…Thursday at 7:30 PM CST.
Creating a personalized learning community and providing personalized learning opportunities may sounds daunting at first, but I bet if you think about it you already have some of these strategies in place in your classroom. If you are striving/struggling to meet the variety of needs/strengths in our classroom then this is the chat for you!
- What is personalized learning?
- How is personalized learning beneficial to students?
- In what way is RTI and Small Group instruction personalized?
- Is there more to personalized learning than small groups and RTI?? How can educators create additional opportunities for personalized learning in the classroom?
- What is the role of the teacher in a personalized learning environment?
- How do you (or could you) provide personalized learning opportunities for all students (struggling learners to advanced)?
- How can we use technology to assist in creating a personalized learning environment?
- How do you personalize learning and still meet curriculum and state standard requirements?
- How do you (or could you) make time for personalized learning?
- What role, if any, does room design play in personalized learning?