3 Questions I Hope my Children’s Teachers are Asking

I often reflect upon how to empower students to learn at a high level while navigating the digitally-connected landscape we find ourselves in.  I ask questions and strive to serve our students better today than I did yesterday.

In addition to being a principal I’m also dad to three pretty spectacular kids.  My wife and I pray our children grow up to be loving people with humble hearts and curious minds.  We also understand that their world is different than ours was, so we think about other important things too.  My hope is that my children’s teachers are reflecting on some of the same questions I ask myself.

3 Questions I Hope my Children’s Teachers Are Asking

  1. How might I model digital leadership for my students?
  2. How might I help my students express their ideas in powerfully creative and appropriate ways using social media?
  3. How might I leverage the transformative power of technology to fuel collaborative conversations between students about their learning?

#STUCONNECT

For the past couple years I’ve collaborated with Tony Sinanis and John Fritzky (principals in New York and New Jersey) to create cross-state collaborative podcasts.  The podcasts feature our students sharing their favorite books, vision for education, and other creative endeavors led by kids.

This year we are adding an interactive Twitter-based chat to the collaboration.  We’d like to invite you to join us as we strive to model how to leverage technology as a tool to connect, inspire, and amplify student voice.

The four chat dates for the 2015-2016 school year are below, and we’re planning to share out a student-created podcast prior to each chat.  Please join us and include your classroom or school in the conversation.  We’ll be using the hashtag #StuConnect on Twitter starting at 9:30am CST on the dates below.

#StuConnect Chat Dates

October 8, 2015

December 1, 2015

January 15, 2016

March 10, 2016

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About Dr. Brad Gustafson

I am an elementary principal and author in Minnesota. You can connect with me at www.BradGustafson.com or on Twitter via @GustafsonBrad

Posted on July 28, 2015, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I love the idea and am intrigued. I’ll be tuning in to learn more.

  2. What grade levels (age) are participating?

    • Thanks for asking! We’ll attempt to structure the chat so that it is engaging for all grade-levels. With the help of a classroom teacher I’d think the questions could apply to most K-12 schools. Does this help? Thanks again for checking in, Brad

  3. Hi, I am writing from Dubai, I want to include my students in this event, may I ask you at what time do you want to have the session?!
    Thank you and look forward to hearing from you.
    Maryam

    • Thanks so much for your interest and question. The chat will be held at 9:30am Central Standard Time (United States) on October 8, 2015. Please contact me if you have other questions. We’re excited to connect with you and your class. Thanks, Brad

  4. How long do you anticipate the chat lasting? And is it ok to join late or leave early if needed?

    • Hi Lisa,

      I would anticipate the #StuConnect Twitter chat lasting 30 minutes or so. Feel free to bop in for as long as you (and your class) are able. Now problem joining late or leaving early. Thanks for asking, Brad

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