The results of my third week collecting interesting Tweets and conversations from my #PLN using Twitter moments. I love reviewing ideas that interested me and looking for patterns in the conversations. This week I saw four trends among the conversations I shared (or reshared) via Twitter: #PBL, Equity in Education, Improving Teacher Context, and Supporting Student Learning.
I am all-in when it comes to #PBL and use it in all my classes. I like to see my classes more as makerspaces than classrooms. I am very excited about NWP’s upcoming Write Out for these reasons – and the fact that I have missed CLMOOC. I also shared an important article explaining the distinction between PBL and product-based learning. There is also an interesting article about makerspaces for writers that essentially sums up my dream job.
My concerns regarding equity in education have grown to outright alarm in recent years. I teach in Appalachia and I have friends who teach in urban districts — equitable education for all students is essential if we want our country to succeed and an important part of addressing income inequality. I worry almost daily about the innovations and creative solutions that we lose because we don’t address educational equity. Some of the articles I shared this week addressed issues with homework, education the poor and minorities (or not), and the present/future of higher education. Higher education is definitely an equity issue – you know the ruling class will always have Harvard et al but what happens to the families in my region when my little state university shuts its doors? (see Don’t Fail My Students)
My #PLN shared some interesting ideas about toxic positivity, collaboration, and professional development this week – check them out.
There were, of course, many great teaching tips shared about creativity, poetry, blended learning, reflection, and more so be sure to check them out!
I hope you will check out my June 11 Twitter Moments for these posts and more!