On Monday evening, May 12, I hope colleagues near and far will join me for #engchat on Twitter. The topic is “English Teachers and Families.” We will focus on how the lives of families—those of our students as well as our own—intersect with our classrooms and with our profession in general.
Our guiding questions:
- What circumstances are mostly likely to bring parents into contact with English teachers and how can we best handle those situations when they arise?
- When are students’ family situations mostly likely to positively or negatively affect teaching and learning?
- What lessons have we learned about how to help our students’ families understand our classrooms and bring them into closer contact with us?
- What’s it like to be both an English teacher and a parent? Do the roles ever overlap?
The one-hour conversation begins at 7 p.m. Eastern, 6 p.m. Central, and 4 p.m Pacific, 1 a.m. Tuesday in central Europe, and 9 a.m. Tuesday in Australia. Others elsewhere are welcome too. Please let me know if I can help you figure out the time.
I’m looking forward to a lively hour with thoughtful literacy educators on a topic that touches us all. Thanks for joining in.