Introducing #PEChat Workbooks
by Joey Feith
Now that 2016 is here, it’s time to try something new with #pechat.
Before the holiday break, I got to moderate a #pechat on designing a standards-based curriculum. The chat went a little all over the place, and somehow we (the #pechat participants and myself) wound up unpacking a SHAPE America grade-level outcome in real time over a series of quickly made graphics and tweets.
Getting to build something together like that was one of the best moments I have ever had a chance of experiencing as a #pechat moderator. On top of that, it gave us something that we could take away from the chat, something tangible.
As I reflected on the (sad) state of #pechat* over the Holidays, I started to think about how great it would be if every chat had a product by the end of it that teachers could go back to and reference in case they needed to. Also, I thought it would be amazing if the product was organized in a way that promoted professional reflection, sharing, and networking.
**This is my own fault. I did a terrible job at keeping #pechat rolling smoothly/scheduling chats. To everyone who was disappointed in this, I apologize from the bottom of my heart. I hope I can make it up to you!*
I worked on a few early ideas until I finally came up with what I’m calling #PEChat Workbooks. Here’s what they are and how I think they will help #pechat be as productive, engaging and amazing as possible!
#PEChat Workbooks are super organized Google Sheets that anybody can view at any time. Each Workbook is organized into six tabs:
The Problem tab exists to help us identify how the #pechat topic creates a problem for our teaching, our students learning or both. It helps set the tone for the chat by having us create a problem statement we will then attempt to explore.
The Research tab is there to help us explore research related to our problem statement/chat theme. The tab will be a collection of “experts” on the topic, published journal articles, relevant books and other helpful links that will make it easier for you to dig deeper into the chat’s topic.
The Brainstorm tab is there to help collect all of the ideas that get thrown around during the chat. This is where we start to explore strategies/methods we have used in our teaching to help address the identified problem. This is also where we start drafting new strategies based on the information we learned from the research and from our collective experiences.
Based on the strategies we came up with in our brainstorm, we will then break each strategy down into actionable steps. The “Take Action” tab is there to give you a to-do list to try out in your teaching.
The Reflection Tab
This is a tab that is completed after #pechat has come to a conclusion and once you have gone out and attempted some of the ideas/strategies we identified. On the “Reflection” tab, you will find a link to a short Google Form that you can use to reflect on how things went when you tried them out in your teaching. Use this reflection to be as honest as possible: it’s important for us to learn not only what works, but also what doesn’t (and in which context those two options happened). After submitting your reflection, it will appear in the “Reflection” tab so that others may learn from your experience.
Finally, the “Transcript” tab automatically captures all of the tweets with the #pechat hashtag that are shared during the chat’s time slot. This tab is here to a) help you go back and easily find a tweet you forgot to “like” on Twitter or b) help you catch up on everything that happened during the chat in case you weren’t able to make it.
#PEChat Workbooks are definitely something new and are by no means perfect. However, with two chats under our belt, I’m pretty happy with how they are turning out so far (visit the official #pechat page to check out the two first Workbooks of 2016!)
If you have any questions about WorkBooks, #PEChat, or the future of the chat, please feel free to share them with me in the comments below.
Finally, if you’d like to experience #PEChat and see these new Workbooks in action, be sure to tune into our next #pechat on February 8th 2016 at 7PM ET. The topic for that chat will be “Positive Behaviour Management in #PhysEd“
Thanks for reading and happy teaching!
Joey Feith is a physical education teacher from Canada and the founder of ThePhysicalEducator.com.
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