Q1: What questions have been most interesting for you to explore in SS?
Q2: How can social studies help students understand their world?
Q3: How are questions being used in your classroom?
Q4: What can educators learn from STUDENT generated questions?
Q5: What is the difference between teachers asking questions vs. students asking THEIR OWN questions?
Q6: What are effective ways to get students to generate & ask their own questions? Share resources, links, ideas, etc…
Q7: How can helping students generate their own questions help them in areas outside the social studies classroom?
This tweet provided an opportunity for social studies educators to compare notes on what interesting questions they have used when having discussions with their students. There were many interesting answers that educators responded with during the twitter chat.
This tweet is my response to the above question. I have found students really focus when current events are being discussed. They have opinions, which lead to other opinions and students get excited and interested. During these times, you can make connections to the material you are studying to make it more real for students.
This tweet is in regards to a question about how social studies can help students understand the world. I think a key concept in social studies education is seeing multiple sides of an issue or historical event, and contributed that idea to the twitter chat.
When the question turned to how questions are integrated into social studies, the participant quoted above shared using compelling questions to build a unit around as a good strategy.
This question is important to me because it is indicative of student centered teaching. When students generate the questions they are having to use a skill they may not have been challenged much to use in the past. Coming up with good questions is as or more difficult than an answer. When students ask the questions they play a bigger part in their own education.
In this tweet I point out the different type of skill asking questions is compared to answering them. This has not always been the traditional way students engaged with questions, but now it is increasingly acknowledged as an important skill.
This semester in one of my education classes we were tasked with coming up with one set of answers for our entire group. Afterwards, we reflected on the questions we had regarding going about coming to one list of answers. This activity would be good in a high school classroom as well I think.
This type of collaboration and sharing of resources between educators is one of the benefits of using online resources like Twitter chats.