A2) Giving them opportunities to solve problems in a risk-free environment. Stress on "passing the test" doesn't help. Teaching problem solving takes time. Glad to be in a parochial school and out of the high stakes environment.
A1: Robin - IL, Hope zero snow days! Helping Ss to develop #grit#perseverance. If Ss can stick with it...and there is that “AHA” moment!!! Sometimes we have to believe in them even if they don’t believe in themselves. #ohedchat
Help students improve their problem solving skills by giving them problems they don't know the answer to and assessing their APPROACH. Good answers will come in time. Reward and form their problem solving PROCESS. #ohedchat
A1) place value on practical problem-solving skills (that will be personally useful in S’s lives), so Ts will take time to give Ss experience with Problem Solving, and help them learn useful Strategies for doing creative-and-critical Problem Solving more effectively. #ohedchat
When a lesson doesn't go as planned, get to the point. What were your goals? State them and back track from there. Re-evaluate your process later and improve next year. But make it clear to kids what the goal was. Maybe they meet you half way? #ohedchat
A2: If I can tell it's tanking midstream, sometimes I've asked students to take five or ten minutes to read or journal-write while I regroup. Sometimes I've involved them in problem-solving: "I can tell this isn't working. Where are we confused?" #ohedchat
A2: if lessons don’t go as planned, it’s ok! The lesson becomes to show how to overcome this unexpected changes. Also, it’s best when lessons don’t go as expected because Ss have interests that go a different direction. Build on that! #ohedchat
Projects that have a goal w no set path. Courses that are S led. In 2 years have created Entrepreneurship, Broadcasting, Genius Hour, Modern Comm, Lit Workshop, & Digital Applied Skills. All PBL, following standards and incorporating Tony Wagner's Seven Survival Skills #ohedchat
If we can model trying...for example our WiFi was glitchey today...my LMS attempted several book videos that kept shutting off, @lrcthies remained calm & modeled for her Ss how Plan A can become Plan B! #ohedchat
Something I read recently about battling perfectionism in kids is that we often don't let them ever see us have trouble or fail. Not that we set out to have a lesson go sideways, but when it does, it can be GOOD for our students to see how we problem-solve that! #ohedchat
A2 I plan as best I can, knowing it is a process. I always know I can’t refine until the students get their head, hands and heart wrapped around the lesson. Then I can see where the holes are and revise. #ohedchat
A1: break it down. Problem solving should involve multiple steps to come to some conclusion or finding. Breaking it down always for discussion and check ins to ensure students are on the right path. This way interventions or extensions can be incorporated.
It depends, I love doing Google Sheets with them with conditional formatting. I have done mystery piano, hidden messages in EdPuzzle, Google Docs and Slides with puzzles, crosswords. It just depends on the assignment! #ohedchat
yes, a great strategy is "involved them in problem-solving" by saying "I can tell this isn't working. Where are we confused?" -- Ss will appreciate your honesty, and an opportunity to collaborate in solving the problem NOW (in the classroom) and learn PS skills from it. #ohedchat
Our newest project.... Weekly news show, WJFK. When seniors ask you to take on a big project that you hope keeps them focused through the end of the year, you say YES. #IChooseKennedy for opportunities to work with students every day!
A2: I spend Recess/Lunch with 2 grade levels. Many times, I will get a @PlayworksIL game prepared but the Ss are disinterested I want the Ss engaged & enthusiastic about their own “Recess”...Student Choice/Voice. #ohedchat
if we define PROBLEM broadly -- as "any opportunity to make things better, in any area of life" -- Ss will understand the "real-world relevance" of their PS experiences in school, will know "why" and be motivated to learn. #ohedchat
Hi!!!! Ask Ss what they care about! What problems are they interested in solving? What impacts them the most? That’s what they will care most about and engaged to learn about. Their voices should be the 1st that we consult, not the last. #OHedchat
A3: Its a great time of the year to reconnect & or to make new connections w/Ss. We do not always know the “back story” of every Ss, it only takes 1 staff member “listening” to a Ss that can make all the difference in their day. #ohedchat
A2: Honestly, transparency & the ability to transform to meet student needs in real time is priceless. It's all about what the Ss need & not at all about our ego to salvage a planned lesson. Try to figure out what to change to clarify & then do it; ASAP! #ohedchat
A4) as a former science teacher, tried to bring in the humanities aspect in content. (I had a great bit where I compared Wegener to the doorman in the movie Knocked up. And if you get this joke we can be BFF).
My favorite HS course (of my own high school years) was called humanities--two-period block, English and social studies credit, and traced art, architecture, history, philosophy, literature, etc. over about a 1,000 years. It was awesome. #ohedchat
Yes I am calling my lesson a "bit" like a stand up comedian because I always said I would "rather entertain and hoped they learned something than educate and hope they were entertained". (W. Disney) engagement is everything #ohedchat
yes, when Plan A fails, improvise with "transparency & ability to transform to meet student needs in real time... figure out what to change [maybe by asking Ss?] to clarify & then do it; ASAP" -- with quick flexible thinking & action, that convert your teaching into PS. #ohedchat
A3: Ss should have ownership in the path, pace & voice in their learning, but during this time of year, it seems more critical. Find ways for Ss to show what they know & increase their engagement factor to keep the "buy in" on their learning process at the highest level #ohedchat
A4: Every Ss interaction is an opportunity to make an impact. Sometimes class conversation can get off topic...best conversations! Library fines need to be paid...counting $$, our schl does “character counts”, reinforced always. #ohedchat
A4 I try and collaborate with other teachers around big ideas. As an art teacher, the arts are a great way for ss to make sense of the world they live in. It is a way to bring in all learning & life experiences to express thoughts, feelings and/or questions. #ohedchat
A5: Sometimes I need to recharge, refocus. Time with family, friends, thought partners is good. Crafting fuels my creative side. Reading just about anything by @BreneBrown can help me reframe some of the challenges I face. #ohedchat
A5) Twitter. Google's resources for edu. Ted Talks. Alone time locked in my office trying to solve the puzzle of what is going to work for the problem I have.
Also a great GIF thread with my girlfriend's over housewife problems and a glass of wine doesn't hurt
A4 Sounds so simple, but spend more time planning cross curricular w/ colleagues to see what topics & subjects can be front loaded or taught at the same time for broader impact. Can be as low key as a conversation at lunch. #ohedchat
Please be sure to join us next week on #ohedchat as teacher, leader, and author @TaraMartinEDU joins us for reflection and collaboration on being REAL in our schools. You don't want to miss this! 9 PM ET, 8 PM CT, January 23. See you then!
Thanks, @DrBDrost , for moderating a great chat tonight! Have a great finish to the week, everyone, & if you're in the path of the winter storm, be sure to have a good book or two--looks like Saturday will be a good one for catching up on reading! #ohedchat