With the impending snow heading our way, Maria and Sheila talked about the possibility of a snow day! Snow days have to be made up at the end of the school year to meet the state's requirements. What if the students were able to do the school work at home and have the work count as a day of school. Some schools have implemented 'Blizzard Bags.'
Lisa is still 'on leave' and we hope she will be able to return soon and add to the conversation!
This week Maria and Sheila talked about caring in our classroom/school and entrusting students to our care (in relation to the Sandy Hook school shootings). (Lisa was unable to join us for the show this week.)
This week marked our first day back after our summer hiatus. We spent the time talking about the learning we did over the summer and how the start of the school year has been going. We got into a brief discussion about how important we are to the atmosphere of the classroom. We will return to this topic at a later date.
Recently, when I (Paul Allison) walked into my teachers room, it took about 4 seconds of talking about what my students were doing for three African-American colleagues to talk in wide-ranging ways about violence and protecting children and dress and racism, and more. I just listened as carefully as I could, trying to learn what their questions were.
This week, we discussed ending the school year. Although for some
listeners it was a reflection, Lisa, Maria and Sheila all have about 2
more weeks to go! Several ideas and links were shared in the chat.
This week, Lisa, Maria, and Sheila got a bit political, talking about today’s politics of teaching. Our kickoff was a series of tweets by Diane Ravitch, @dianeravitch, about the need for educators to advocate for themselves. Join us this week in finding a way to promote educators to the public – or at least to your parents.
Spring Renewal. Do our classrooms have seasons too? We discussed if there were spring/seasonal differences that affect our teaching and our students. Does your classroom change? The building staff? You?