Community Standards: Five Ways to Join the Conversation

You’re here! Hooray! Not sure how to begin? Read our tips on joining the conversation.

  1. Share posts, give kudos, and invite colleagues to join in. Our community of practice is multi-modal, incorporating face-to-face discussions and electronic exploration of ideas. Not everyone is comfortable in every format, but we can create synergy by encouraging each other to engage.
  2. Offer your take on the anchor texts. So you’ve read the anchor texts — bully for you! Tell us what you think the author is really getting at, perhaps another way of looking at the topic to help round out our discussion.
  3. Connect to what’s happening in your classroom. One of our main goals is to use this space to share our classroom experiences — all of them. We want to hear your successes, yes, but we also want to hear what didn’t quite work (yet), or what worked with one class but not another. We want to hear about experiments, flukes, one-offs, struggles, and mistakes, too; the stuff you celebrate AND the things that keep you up at night.
  4. Ask questions. We’re all teachers here, so I don’t need to belabor how important it is to ask questions, but I will because that’s what teachers do. Hans-Georg Gadamer writes, “The essence of the question is the opening up, and keeping open, of possibilities.” Good questions are better than easy answers; they are places of possibility that help us learn and grow.
  5. Connect to outside texts that others might find useful. We know you know a lot, you know? Help us grow our reading lists!

That’s all for now, folks. Continue reading below to jump into our latest discussion topic.

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