#OKElem Chat Thursday, 8/3/17

Promo 8-2

Q1.  What are you looking forward to the most about being back at school?

Q2.  Are you going to try new school/class procedures this year? If so, what are you going to try?

Q3.  How do you start he conversation on classroom procedures? How do you do this in your classroom?

Q4.  What do you think about, “ If you have firm procedures in place, you have a solid foundation for class/teacher mutual respect.”  Agree or Disagree and why?

Q5.  What does a class wide mutual respect look like to you as the teacher?

Q6.  What are some of your favorite tips or tricks you use in your classroom to establish respect between students?

Q7.  What can we do to promote our classroom procedures when students are at home?

Q8.  Tell us how you build mutual respect with parents at the beginning of the year?

Q9.  How do we build a respectful relationship with our schools stakeholders?

Q10.  School is about to start! What makes you nervous about back to school?

A special thanks to @AricaReeves  for moderating the chat!

#OKElem Chat Thursday, 7/6/17

July 6,17 OKElem Chat Invite

All elementary educators, future elementary educators, or those interested in elementary education are invited to join the conversion!  If you would like to share and collaborate please join our conversation! Remember to use #OKElem to find us on twitter, and in your twitter response.

Q1. What have you been reading for fun this summer?

Q2. What have you been reading to grow as an educator this summer?

Q3. What type of PD have you taken part of this Summer? How will it influence your teaching next year?

Q4. Are you planning something new for classroom management, or sticking with your tried and true method? Share your ideas and methods?

Q5. Are you adding to, or changing your procedures? What changes are you making and why?

Q6. What are your plans/activities for getting to know new students and build community?

Q7. How do you go about collecting important/contact information from parents…email, phone, going home procedures for students etc.

Q8. What is something new you can do to build community, and communicate with families?

Q9. What are you most looking forward to in the coming school year?

Q10a. How will the under-funding of education affect you in the coming school year?

Q10b. How can we better support and encourage each other as educators?

#OKElem Chat Thursday, 6/1/17

June 1 Blog

Join the conversation as we discuss 

“Creativity and Critical Thinking”

Thursday, June 1, from 7:30-8:30 PM (CST)

Q1. What grade do you teach? Do students come to you prepared to think creatively?     Why do you think this is so?

Q2. How is student creativity important to education?

Q3. Can creativity be learned/taught? Explain.

Q4. How is creative thinking different than critical thinking?

Q5. What role if any does creativity play in critical thinking?

Q6. How can educators be intentional about including creative thinking in the classroom?

Q7. How can we implement Standards with fidelity, while also encouraging creativity?

Q8. How can integrating different subjects enhance the creative opportunities for students?

Q9. Are good grades enough, or will our students need to be creative innovators to be successful in the “real world”?

This months chat will be moderated by Jennifer Seitsinger  (@room20awesome).

#OKElem Chat Thursday, 5/4/17

May 2017

Join the conversation as we discuss “Building Classroom Community”                                                            Thursday, May 5, from 7:30-8:30 PM (CST)

This month’s chat will be moderated by Arica Dick. Arica  graduated from York College (York, Nebraska) in 2014, with a bachelors degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. After graduation she took a long term sub position in 2nd grade, at Sky Ranch Elementary School (Moore).  She has been teaching 5th grade, Science and Social Studies, at Kingsgate Elementary School (Moore) for the past 2 years.  Follow Arica on Twitter @AricaReeves .

Q1 What are some first day of school activities you do to establish a positive and safe community?

Q2 What are some building blocks to a strong classroom bond?

Q3 What are some ways we as the teachers can hold students accountable for maintaining that positive community all school year?

Q4 Mutual respect is a large part of classroom community, how do you establish this?

Q5 If you are experiencing Students not wanting to participate in the community process, how do you reach them?

Q6 If your class is not having a solid community, how do you redirect?

Q7 Do you think group seating charts can encourage students to collaborate and furthermore build your class community?

Q8 How do we take our positive class community and branch out into a school wide community?

Arica Dick @AricaReeves



#OKElem, We Really Are Better Together!


I was recently honored for my part in promoting PD in the Moore Public School district, but I didn’t embark on my journey alone.  Amanda Smith, a fellow teacher in Moore, agreed to join me in my journey to start the #OKElem Twitter chat.  Julie Robinson and Sheila Cockerill quickly came along and have played an important role in brainstorming, planning chats, and proofing questions. Julie also moderated an amazing chat over the state standards and math frameworks. Stephanie Hime an assistant principal in Clinton offered exactly the kind of support and encouragement I needed, has done a fantastic job of promoting #OKElem in her district, and has been a chat moderator.  Sharon Morgan, Oklahoma Director of Early Childhood, has been an active participant and moderator of #OKElem.  Today Arica Dick a 5th grade teacher in my building agreed to moderate an upcoming chat! Our chat isn’t big but it’s growing. I haven’t named each participant but #OKElem depends on them.  Each educator who takes part in #OKElem brings a new and different perspective to the conversation, and those varied perspectives and ideas are what help us to learn and grow from one another.  #OKElem doesn’t belong to any one of us, #OKElem belongs to all of us…and we’re better together!

A huge thanks to all who have contributed to #OKElem!! I look forward to our continued learning and collaboration!!  Jennifer Seitsinger

#OKElem After School Tweet-UP Wed, 4/26/17 (4:15-5:00 CST)

Reflecting and Sharing

Join us as we reflect and share experiences from this school year, and look ahead to the coming year.

  1. What was your favorite math or ELA topic and activity this year? Share the details!!
  2. What was your favorite STEM, science, and/or social studies activity? Share the details!!
  3. What has been your favorite book this year and how did you use it in your classroom?
  4. Share 1 new thing that you implemented this year?  Will you make changes for next year?
  5. Share your best technique for working with RTI groups and/or small groups.
  6. How did you connect with parents this year? Was it effective? Will you make changes for next year?
  7. How are you using technology in your classroom? Will you make changes next year? Explain.
  8. What do you want to learn more about? How will it impact your classroom?

A Tweet-UP is a great opportunity to tweet with friends!! Invite coworkers to your classroom, computer lab…for an engaging after school twitter chat!

#OKElem Chat Thursday 3/2/17

This month’s chat will be moderated by Stephanie Hime.  Stephanie has been in education for 25 years, this is her 6th year as a Clinton Red Tornado.  She is an Assistant Principal, ELL Coordinator, GT Teacher, and Ed Tech Specialist.  Connect on Twitter @MrsHime , or check out her blog The Elementary Teacher .

Join the Conversation, Thursday, March 2, at 7:30 PM                                                                   

Our World is changing, the way students learn is changing, therefore educators must evolve and change too.  As educators, we must connect, share, learn and grow so that our classrooms are successful.


  • What  essential SKILL is at the top of your list?   (The SKILL  that you feel you must teach your students in order for them to be successful in today’s world.) Why?
  • The way students learn is changing, it affects our physical classroom. Please share your classroom layout: groups, tables, desks etc. Why?
  • Do you feel that a daily schedule is important? Are you tight or loose with it? Why?
  • What is the most essential time during your daily schedule? The time that you feel your students  can not miss each day. Why?
  • Our classrooms are very diverse, (cultures, languages, levels), how do you differentiate so that you are reaching every student where they are?
  • How do you ensure your students are acquiring vocabulary? Expain
  • What is the difference between a Word Wall and an Academic Word Wall? Do you differentiate your vocabulary? Do you have one or more than one word wall?
  • Does your school offer pullout or push in programs? Reading, Math, ELL? How does it work?
  • It takes a village to raise a child, who is in your teaching village? Do you have a time each week to collaborate with your co-workers? What essentials do you discuss?

Stephanie Hime                                                                                                                 Twitter @MrsHime                                                                                                                                    Blog  The Elementary Teacher 

#OKElem Chat Questions Thursday, 2/2/17


Tech in the Elementary Classroom

Join the conversation Thursday, February 2, from 7:30-8:30 CST

Maybe you’re an expert and have a lot to share (I can’t wait to learn from you!!), or maybe you’re new to technology and just now thinking of ways to use technology in the classroom (If so this is the chat for you!). Either way I’m excited to share, learn, and collaborate with you.

Our state has adopted the  ISTE Standards to use as a guide in teaching and implementing technology in the classroom. 


Q1. Is it important to use technology as a tool for teaching and learning? Explain your answer.

Q2. What does authentic learning with tech mean to you?

Q3. How can the use of technology lead to deeper thinking? Give examples.

Q4. What guides your selection of technology to use in the classroom?

Q5. How can we use technology to connect content/subject areas?

Q6. What does  “digital citizenship” mean to you?

Q7. How can we discuss digital citizenship, and why is it important to help students understand the permanence of their actions in a digital world?  

Q8. How can we encourage educators to use technology to provide authentic learning in the classroom?

Q9. Are you familiar with the ISTE Standards? How do (could, would) the ISTE Standards influence your teaching?

Q10. Share something you’ve done or would like to do using tech. This is also a great time to ask for advice.

There are many articles on Ed Tech, these were recently shared with me.  Perhaps they will be of interest to you.

Digital Citizenship

Are you using tech because you can or because you should?

Finding the Right Fit for Ed Tech in The Early Years

JBengs Instructional Tech

#OKElem After School Tweet Up (Wed. 1/25/17)


Join us for our first ever #OKElem After School Tweet Up!! This is the perfect opportunity to invite teacher friends who are new to Twitter to join the conversation. Tweet together from your classroom, media center, computer lab, count the conversation as PD…so many options with Twitter! (The chat will be archived in Storify if you need documentation of participation.)

The chat will be from 4:15-5:00.  The 15 minutes prior to the chat could be used to get new users set up with Twitter.

Twitter Tutorial: Getting Started With Twitter

If you like to plan ahead the chat questions can be found below.

As we begin the second semester it can be useful to reflect on, evaluate, and possibly make adjustments to teaching methods, and procedures. This chat will focus on procedures, their importance, and how to implement them effectively.

Q1. What guides your selection of classroom procedures?

Q2. How do you share classroom procedures with students and parents?

Q3. Why is it important to share procedures with school faculty?

Q4. How do established procedures affect learning? Share examples.

Q5. How do you motivate students to follow procedures?

Q6. How do you help students to understand the value and importance of following procedures in and out  of the  classroom?

Q7. Why is it important for procedures to carry value outside of the classroom?