May 2021 #NCTEchat: The Power and Possibilities of Inquiry-Based Instruction

Join us on Sunday, May 16, at 8:00 p.m. ET for an #NCTEchat in which we explore the power and possibilities of inquiry-based instruction. 
NCTE members Sean Ruday (@SeanRuday) and Katie Caprino (@KCapLiteracy) will host the chat.
We will share the following questions during the Twitter chat:
WARM-UP: What comes to mind when you hear the term inquiry-based instruction? #NCTEchat [8:04 p.m.]
Q1: How do you incorporate inquiry-based instruction into your classroom? #NCTEchat [8:10 p.m.]
Q2: How can inquiry-based instruction facilitate authentic learning? #NCTEchat [8:18 p.m.]
Q3: In what ways does inquiry-based instruction permit interdisciplinary learning? #NCTEchat [8:26 p.m.]
Q4: What are the challenges of inquiry-based instruction in your classroom? #NCTEchat [8:34 p.m.]
Q5: Why is inquiry-based instruction important at this particular moment in education? #NCTEchat  [8:42 p.m.]
Q6: What are some ways that you would like to incorporate inquiry-based instruction in your classroom in the future? #NCTEchat [8:50 p.m.]
We hope to see you there! Be sure to join us by using #NCTEchat.
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April 2021 #NCTEchat: Celebrating 25 Years of Children’s Day, Book Day

Join us on Sunday, April 18, at 8:00 p.m. ET for an #NCTEchat where we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Children’s Day, Book Day. 
Founded by author and poet Pat Mora, Children’s Day, Book Day is a year-long commitment celebrating the importance of bookjoy. It was inspired by the Mexican traditional holiday El día del niño (the day of the child). Mora thought, “We have Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. We need kids’ day too, but I want to connect all children with bookjoy, the pleasure of reading.”
NCTE members Denise Dávila (@ddavila_atx) and Tracey Flores (@traceyhabla) will host the chat.
We will share the following questions during the Twitter chat:
WARM-UP: Please introduce yourself by telling us your location and role. Share a photo of a text that brought you #bookjoy as a child or teen. #NCTEchat [8:04 p.m.]
Q1: Children’s Day, Book Day is April 30. Have you celebrated this day in the past? If so, what tips can you offer to those planning a Children’s Day, Book Day #bookjoy celebration (virtually or in person)? If not, what ideas do you have for future celebrations? #NCTEchat [8:10 p.m.]
Q2: Children’s Day, Book Day is often called Día to emphasize the importance of daily reading. How do you foster #bookjoy every day? #NCTEchat [8:18 p.m.]
Q3: How do you engage families and communities in promoting a love of reading? #NCTEchat [8:26 p.m.]
Q4: What strategies do you have for sharing readings and incorporating storytelling in our current digital environment? #NCTEchat [8:34 p.m.]
Q5: What professional texts have you been reading that correspond with #bookjoy? #NCTEchat  [8:42 p.m.]
Q6: Share any book that you have recently read and/or are currently reading and why you would recommend it to others. #bookjoy #NCTEchat [8:50 p.m.]
We hope to see you there! Be sure to join us by using #NCTEchat.
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February 2021 #NCTEchat: Creating LGBTQ+-Affirming Classrooms and Schools

Join us on Sunday, February 21, at 8:00 p.m. ET for an #NCTEchat about creating LGBTQ+-affirming classrooms and schools. The hosts will be Cody Miller, Vanessa Perez, and LaMar Timmons-Long, all members of the NCTE Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Advisory Committee.
Cody Miller is an assistant professor of English education at SUNY Brockport. During his seven years as a high school English teacher and in his current role, he positions texts as vehicles to discuss broader sociopolitical issues in students’ lives and worlds. Cody is chair of the NCTE LGBTQ Advisory Committee. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @CodyMillerELA.
Vanessa Perez is the Technology Integration and Library Media Specialist for Clinton High School (OK). She can be reached at @vperezy on Twitter.
LaMar Timmons-Long, a member of the NCTE LGBTQ Advisory Committee, is an English teacher in New York City and an adjunct professor at Pace University’s School of Education. He is passionate about racial linguistics, antiracist education, social justice, and equity in schools concerning all students of color and LGBTQA+ youth. You can follow him on Twitter @teachltl. 
We will share the following questions during the Twitter chat:
WARM-UP: Please introduce yourself. Tell us your name, location, and the level you teach. #NCTEchat [8:04 p.m.]
Q1: As teachers, how do we honor, support, and teach Black LGBTQ+ voices during Black History Month, through the African American Read-In, and throughout the year? #NCTEchat [8:10 p.m.]
Q2: If you have a gay student alliance or other affinity group, how are they supporting each other right now? If you don’t, what would you need to start one? [8:18 p.m.]
Q3: How do you support students who may be experiencing homelessness or nonsupportive homes? [8:26 p.m.]
Q4: How can we support students to be their authentic selves? [8:34 p.m.]
Q5: This question is just for LGBTQ+ folx: How has your journey to self-acceptance and self-love been? How does it transform who you are as a teacher? [8:42 p.m.]
Q6: What are you doing in the classroom to ensure you’re always learning and able to support LGBTQ+ students? [8:50 p.m.]
We hope to see you there! Be sure to join us by using #NCTEchat.
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Get Ready for #AARI21 with #NCTEchat!

Join us on Sunday, January 17, at 8:00 p.m. ET for an #NCTEchat about preparing for the 2021 National African American Read-In. Your host will be Michelle Rankins (@MichelleRankins). Michelle is an NCTE Ambassador and the organizer of Cuyahoga Community College’s seventh annual AARI event, My Sister’s Keeper: Celebrating Black Women and Womxn Poets.
We will share the following questions during the Twitter chat:
Warm-up: During #BlackHistoryMonth, we celebrate the African American Read-In, which aims to bring Black authors into the canons of our communities. Share your favorite quote from an African American author. #NCTEchat #AARI21 [8:04 p.m.]
Q1: How can you help students engage with writings by Black authors in ways that honor the Black community? #AARI21 #NCTEchat [8:10 p.m.]
Q2: What types of interactive reading or writing activities do you have planned for your students during #BlackHistoryMonth? #AARI21 #NCTEchat [8:18 p.m.]
Q3: Have you hosted an African American Read-In event before? If so, what tips can you offer? If not, what questions do you have about hosting a Read-In event? #AARI21 #NCTEchat [8:26 p.m.]
Q4: How are you planning to move your #AARI21 celebration online and to be virtual? Let’s crowdsource ideas for our colleagues who need help! #NCTEchat [8:34 p.m.]
Q5: Representation matters. How do you select texts written by Black authors to ensure that many voices are represented in your classroom? #AARI21 #NCTEchat [8:42 p.m.]
Q6: To understand the current political climate in the US, what Black authors are you reading? Please share titles and links. #AARI21 #NCTEchat [8:50 p.m.]
We hope to see you there! Be sure to join us by using #NCTEchat.
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