IB Educator Chat started in March 2020 as a way for teachers to share their experiences during the pandemic. Over 100 sessions were run by IB educators from across the world. This was an informal, peer-to-peer iniative, which allowed teachers to share their ideas, best practice and to collaborate. Now we are ready to revive it!
When it initial started it was going to be a one off Zoom chat, to share how our schools are dealing with the pandemic. From that first call I could clearly see a need for more chats! At the time I was working full-time, while writing two books, doing other bits and pieces for different companies AND it turned out I was prengnant (and did not have an easy first trimester). Running IB Educator Chat was definitetly rewarding, but at sometimes overwhelming, as I had sessions running every day at all different times, would often wake up to many texts or emails with people needing technical support or other support, and because I was teaching full-time and working on my books, I hardly got to attend any of the sessions myself! I'm now on maternity leave, with a healthy baby boy, and have more time to dedicate to running IB Educator Chat.
There will be some small changes - to make it easier to manage and hopefully smoother for people who are attending on leading sessions! Instead of having sessions running all the time, I will do them in bursts. This might be one week, once a month, or it might be three days, every two weeks - it really depends on what everyone else thinks would work best! I also will not have people sign up to attend the chats, as this was hard to manage - however, if people who are attending a session want to gather emails before hand, I will provide a doc for participants to fill in.
Before kicking offIB Educator Chat again, I'd love to gather your thoughts and ideas to help me make it run more smoothly. Please fill in this Google Form! As soon as I have gathered a significant number of responses, I will share the responses on this blog and will open up the event for people to volunteer to run sessions!