In case you missed it last night, New Detroit Teacher, we co – hosted the weekly #TEDEdChat via Twitter, you can find the full chat transcript here. Surely you all are familiar with TED – TED Talks, TEDx, TED Conferences? Well TED-Ed is TED’s education initiative and their sole focus is to support learning. TED Ed’s slogan, “lessons worth sharing” perfectly describes that you’ll find on their virtual platform – a place for their network of over 250,000 teachers to create their own interactive lessons, share videos and simply make learning fun.
ResourcED has participated in several of #TEDEdChat’s, and wanted to co-host one to get to know how educators feel about the level of mental health support on their campuses for themselves AND their students. This topic came to me after I watched (for probably the 10th time) Linda Claitt-Wayman’s 17-minute TED talk entitled How to Fix a Broken School? Lead Fearlessly, Love Hard. I kept saying to myself, this sounds familiar as she described the obstacles she faced as a new administrator in a then failing high school in North Philly. By the end of her talk, she’s fighting back tears, the passion she has for her students and community spilling over. “If you’re going to lead, lead”.
Our chat last night was wonderful. I’ve said it a million times in my writing, and I’ll say it a million more times – teachers….are…incredible. In addition to the chat questions asked topics varying from what to do in a mental health crisis, to where to find resources for social-emotional development - chat followers (virtually) high fived each other, provided specific lesson plans they have developed (Check out this one by Kim Preshoff @turtlemomKi called Emoji Science) and questions of each other to better understand.
It was a challenge to keep up with everyone’s comments, the pro’s must have some kind of fancy app or program that makes this easier for them? By the time it was over, my hands were so cramped…I ended up using my phone for most of it because twitter wasn’t loading the conversation fast enough. All in all, it was great to hear from so many educators that they factor in social-emotional learning, understand that it is important and agree that K-12 schools could do more. Ha, this post feels like it should end with… “Twitter chats, 4 out of 5 stars!”