With all of the negative surrounding education it’s sometimes easy to let negativity creep in. Let’s slow down and count our blessings. Share what you’re thankful for and why. The things you’re thankful for, may be the encouragement or reminder someone else needs. (There will be Twitter shout outs and Chat suggestions…a great opportunity to find new people to follow and learn about great chats to join.)
- There are many things to be thankful for when it comes to being a teacher…why are you thankful to be a teacher?
- We all have those students who make our job easy, offer comedy relief, or challenge us to stretch ourselves as educators. Tell us about your students and why you’re thankful for them?
- Community stake holders (parents, community members etc.) help to create a positive school community. Who are the stake holders you are thankful for…Why?
- It’s important to have leaders we can count on…do you have an administrator you’re thankful for? Who is it and why are you thankful for them?
- Support from teammates and fellow teachers in our home school, and local school district is important. Who are you thankful for and why?
- Our schools couldn’t run and we couldn’t do our jobs without support staff and personnel. Who are you thankful for and why?
- I don’t know about you but I’m thankful for my Twitter PLN and great chats that challenge my thinking. Give a shout out to folks in your Twitter PLN, and share a Chat that you’re thankful for!
If you mentioned someone in a Tweet who isn’t on Twitter…let them know you’re thankful for them!!
Join the conversation as we discuss, Personalize learning…Thursday at 7:30 PM CST.
Creating a personalized learning community and providing personalized learning opportunities may sounds daunting at first, but I bet if you think about it you already have some of these strategies in place in your classroom. If you are striving/struggling to meet the variety of needs/strengths in our classroom then this is the chat for you!
- What is personalized learning?
- How is personalized learning beneficial to students?
- In what way is RTI and Small Group instruction personalized?
- Is there more to personalized learning than small groups and RTI?? How can educators create additional opportunities for personalized learning in the classroom?
- What is the role of the teacher in a personalized learning environment?
- How do you (or could you) provide personalized learning opportunities for all students (struggling learners to advanced)?
- How can we use technology to assist in creating a personalized learning environment?
- How do you personalize learning and still meet curriculum and state standard requirements?
- How do you (or could you) make time for personalized learning?
- What role, if any, does room design play in personalized learning?
The day all teachers dread is upon us…the day after Halloween. Your students have stayed up too late the night before and eaten more candy in a single night than they have all month. If you are brave enough to come to school you are brave enough to answer these scary questions!
- Talk about scary in so many ways…I had to share the definition of an anchor chart with a college professor this week, I described it as a visual reflection that shares ideas or information. Do you use visual reflections such as anchor charts, charts using post-it notes, or exit tickets that allow students to “pin” their ideas and look at them again later. What visual reflections do you use in your classroom? How do you use them?
- Just the thought of glitter and cutting up paper can strike fear in a teachers heart. Benjamin Franklin once said: “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” Hands-on learning is a great way to apply a creative twist to traditional course content and engage students on a deeper level. Share some creative/hands-on ways you teach in your class?
- Moving around the classroom, no assigned seats, sound like a nightmare or just flexible seating? Have you tried flexible seating or flexible classroom arrangements? What did you try and how did it work?
- You are sick as a zombie with the plague…How do you plan for a sub?
- You head for the copier but you find that it isn’t working. Teachers are strapped for time. Give us your best time saving, teacher tip for staying organized.
- Like a werewolf on a full moon we are expected to change what we do. There are a lot of new theories, philosophies, best practices, and straight up mandates every year. They don’t always mesh with what you know from your own training, gut, and experience. How do you face this real fear when it happens to you?
- Technology changes quicker than Dracula changes into a bat, how do you keep up with changing technology?
Moderated by Julie Robinson ()
- A) What tools do you use to group students for guided reading/math? 1.B) Are STAR or other reports sufficient for grouping students, or do you use additional measures?
- Do you use mixed ability or are groups based on specific needs and why?
- How do you determine the material you will use for guided reading/math? Share what you’re doing!!
- Self-contained: Do you do both guided reading and math? Why/Why Not?Departmentalized: Do you have small group Guided instruction in your class? Why/Why Not?
- How are your guided reading/math and RTI time alike/different?
- Do you use your guided reading/math time as your RTI time? If yes, how do you differentiate to meet the needs of your students?
- Do you see every student every day for guided instruction? Explain.
- What are other students doing during your guided reading/math time?
- How do you manage student behavior, handle interruptions etc. during guided reading/math?
- How do you measure/determine the effectiveness of guided instruction?
A special thanks to Julie Robinson for collaborating on this week’s chat questions!
“If we communicate the vision behind our ideas, the purpose guiding our products, people will flock to us.” Adam M. Grant, Originals: How Nonconformists Move the Word
Special Challenge: Use Chatter Pix in your Introductory Tweet!!!
Many schools have them…Mission Statements and Vision Statements, but is a statement enough? What needs to happen to make those statements a reality?
- What does it mean to have a shared vision or mission?
- Is it important that schools have a shared vision and mission? Explain
- Should individual schools and the school district have a common vision and mission? Explain
- What is your school or districts vision/mission statement?
- What steps are being taken to make the vision/mission a reality?
- Is it important that students, families, and community be aware of the school and school districts vision/mission statement? Explain
- How do you or could you make students, families, and the community more aware and invested in the vision/mission?
These blog posts might be helpful as you think about Mission and Vision:
- Is there required reading in your class/grade level? If so why and what kind?
- How do you foster a love of reading in your students?
- How do you keep students accountable for completing assignments?
- How do you motivate students to do their best work?
- Do you assign homework? Why or why not?
- Do you require students to have an agenda, homework log, or reading log signed by parents. Why/why not?
- How do you encourage reluctant parents to become involved?
- How do you encourage “helicopter” parents to allow students to become more independent?
- Should academics take priority over extracurricular activities and/or family time?
- How can we support you this school year? What topics would you like to discuss?
(These questions came from collaborative conversations between Julie Robinson, Arica Dick, Sheila Cockerill, Amanda Smith, and Jennifer Seitsinger.)
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 for moderating the chat!
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?
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 ().