#bbchat | a twitter chat for all things beyond the books

books-1655783_1920 (1)Atop my nightstand right now sits a stack of six books. To my husband’s chagrin, I order new or used books at LEAST every other week. I’m a big reader, and I ain’t afraid to say it!

Books are an important part of learning, but all too often, they become the focus instead of the learning process itself. Traditional teaching methods used repetition and memorization to educate students. And their main source of instructional planning and curriculum design? The textbook.

Our students are assigned textbooks (or eTexts) for each course. We as teachers are inundated with teacher’s editions of textbooks and supplemental resources out the wazoo. But just how reliant should we all be on the textbook and its instructional methods to guide instruction and cultivate a nurturing, engaging learning environment?

As research in learning and teaching has progressed, so have our teaching methods. Instead of focusing on rote recitation and memorization, we now know that our students should be taught in a more individualized, engaging, responsive way. But what does that look like?

Throughout our nation and world, there are hundreds of conferences and meetings held that focus on improving learning for our students. But limited school and person funds and lack of time make attending these workshops nearly impossible for most educators.

There are also thousands of books centered on meeting the individualized needs of our students and creating a thriving learning environment, but if you’re a teacher, you know that the chance I’ll finish a book about improving my pedagogy is slim to none unless I’m on a break or enjoying summer vacation!

As teachers and administrators, it’s our job to teach others and stimulate the minds of others, but we rarely have time to stimulate our own!

As teachers and administrators, it’s our job to teach others and stimulate the minds of others, but we rarely have time to stimulate our own!

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Enter the beyond booklearning Twitter chat (#bbchat for short). In this weekly Twitter education chat, we’ll be talking about the myriad ways teachers and other education professionals can promote a thriving learning environment for all. We’ll delve into relevant topics like responsive feedback, lesson design, technology in the classroom, teacher work-life balance, developing a strong school culture, and building a collaborative relationship with your administrators.

As you can see, this chat has so much potential to bring life to not only your classroom but also your school and district and beyond (no pun intended ;-)). I hope you’ll join me on Sunday night at 7pm (CST) as we dig into our first topic of the #bbchat!

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P.S. If you aren’t signed up for a Twitter account, you can do so here: Twitter.com. It’s free and will only take a minute or two! If you’ve never participated in a Twitter chat, check out this helpful article written by the moderator of my favorite edu chat #whatisschool, Craig Kemp.

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