Had a cool experience yesterday, I was invited to participate in a live chat hosted by Education Week on curriculum issues.
Two of my friends and colleagues were also guests. Marsha Ratzel, a 6th grade math and science teacher at Leawood Middle School in Leawood, Kansas who has been part of countless online projects I have hosted and serves with me on the Teacher Leaders Network (TLN). And ...
Mark Clemente, the science chairman at Ocean Lakes High School, Virginia Beach, Va. who not only taught my child AP Chemistry but followed me as Teacher of the Year for Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Mark and I have worked closely face-to-face, online, and through TLN. The three of us were asked to be a part of this chat as a follow-up to our articles that appeared in the last print and web-based issue of Teacher Magazine.
The chat began with Anthony Rebora introducing us all, "Welcome to our live Web chat on curriculum best practices. We have three accomplished educators on hand--all members to the Teachers Leaders Network--to discuss ways to make lessons more meaningful at a time when many schools are increasingly focused on test scores. We've already received a lot of challenging questions for our guests so let's get started." And wow-- what a fast paced fun way to field questions.
The Questions Were Tough!
I was surprised that the questions were so technical and wide-ranging and I was pleased at the positive spin participants had in favor of rigor and creativity both being needed in the delivery of classroom content. I found it challenging but quite fun to come up with intelligent responses to wide-ranging questions on the fly. I was in Raleigh NC yesterday morning and drove home to VA to be on the session with only 15 minutes to spare, only to find that my computer wouldn't connect to the network when I frantically tried setting the laptop up. I ran to a neighbor's house to get on the session...with
all my pre-prepared notes back home on my laptop. I was so disappointed because all the wonderful examples of what my edublogger friends were doing were on my laptop at home!
Check it out and let me know what you think!