Rik Rowe invited us to #COLchat he co-moderated on Monday at 9. #COLchat is a twitter chat about the culture of learning (COL) in classrooms. High school juniors and seniors from Mr. Rowe’s math classes took time out of their night to hop on Twitter to talk about the classroom environment and share ideas about how to improve learning. As I tweeted, I was floored by how insightful and self-aware these students were about their learning.
For those of you unfamiliar with Twitter chats, it is a way to host a conversation. Anyone who wants to join the conversation goes online at the same time and tweets with the same hashtag, in this case, #COLchat. People like Mr. Rowe moderate these chats by introducing people and asking questions labeled Q1, Q2, etc. and people answer the questions with corresponding As.
Students of this chat were advocating for an open, interactive environment where they could make guided decisions about their own learning. The understood that learning is very much a iterative process, and collaboration is very much its catalyst. But like LeVar Burton would say, you don’t have to take my word for it, check out what they have to say for yourself:
Q1: Describe a learning environment that encourages students to remain engaged.
Q2: Why is it important to have an open classroom where students can ask questions to their peers and teachers comfortably?
Q3: How can we make all students comfortable enough to be able to be wrong?
Q4: How can we create a culture where constructive criticism (feedback) is a positive experience for teachers and students?
Q5: Why is being interested in learning so important?
Q6: Who needs to put in more effort, the students or the teachers? Explain.
Q7: How have the topics discussed in #COLchat helped the learning process in your classroom?
Very cool stuff.