#OKElem, Thurs, July 5, 7:30-8:30 P.M.


  1. What is classroom management?
  2. How does classroom management effect learning?
  3. How does classroom management effect the culture of the classroom?
  4. Is there a difference between rules and procedures? Explain.
  5. Share your classroom management plan.
  6. What do you do for students who don’t respond to your behavior plan?
  7. What is indirect guidance and how do you use it in your class?
  8. Does classroom management in the 21st Century Classroom look like classroom management of the past? Explain.
  9. Flexible seating, collaboration, etc. are important to today’s classroom. How do you allow freedoms while still keeping order in the classroom?
  10. When students are working in groups or involved in discussion how do you regain their attention?

#OKElem, Thurs, June 7th, 7:30-8:30 PM


1.)What does it mean to be a reflective teacher/educator?

2.) How do you or could you reflect on your teaching/work?

3) What did you do in your classroom (or position) this year that you are most proud of? Share!!

4a.) What did you try that didn’t work out as planned, or what did you want to try but were never able to?

4b.) Why didn’t it work out? Will you try to implement the idea in a new way next school year? Explain.

5a.) How were you able to teach curriculum and state standards with fidelity while keeping students engaged as active learners?

5b.) How can you grow in this area? -OR- Share how you’ve grown in this area.

6a. Classroom Management…The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.   Share your successes!!!

6b.) How can you improve your classroom management? (Some of you are experts in this! Tell us your best tips and tricks!!)

7.) How did you build community and connect with parents this school year?  Will you make changes for next year?

8.) How did your students and/or coworkers help you to grow as an educator this year?

9.) How did you help your coworkers grow as educators this year?

#OKElem Chat, Thurs, 5/3/18, 7:30PM

Sharing ideas for creating end of year memories, celebrating achievements, and encouraging Summer learning!

  • Q1.The school year is almost over what special things are you doing to make memories with your class? #OKElem
  • Q2. How are you/could you include families in end of year celebrations and events? #OKElem
  • Q3. What achievements do you honor or would you like to honor? #OKElem
  • Q4. How do you honor student achievements? #OKElem
  • Q5. Teachers and Students are ready for Summer! What are your best tips for making it to Summer without losing your sanity? #OKElem
  • Q6. In your opinion, how real is “the summer slide”? #OKElem
  • Q7. Do you give Summer homework? Why or why not? #OKElem
  • Q8. How can we encourage students to read over the summer? #OKElem
  • Q9. Will you stay connected with students over the summer? If so explain. #OKElem
  • Q10. Share: professional books your reading, chats we should try, Pinterest boards or blogs to follow, etc. #OKElem

#OKElem After School Chat, Thurs, 2/15, from 4:15-5:00

Feb 15 Invite

The topic of this chat was inspired by a question I keep asking myself and anyone who will listen…Why aren’t students retaining what we teach, and what they have supposedly learned?  This has prompted me to examine my own teaching and ask…am I teaching for mastery/competency?  I’m excited to learn from you as we collaborate and share ideas.

  1. What is learning for mastery?
  2. Are memorization and learning for mastery different? Explain?
  3. How do you teach for mastery when students come without prerequisite knowledge?
  4. How can we teach for mastery and keep pace with state standards, curriculum calendars etc.?
  5. When teaching for mastery how can we meet the needs of all students (high and low)?
  6. Should all students be required to demonstrate mastery in the same way? Explain.
  7. How do students demonstrate mastery?
  8. Does standardized testing have a place in a 21st Century Mastery Learning environment?
  9. How could mastery learning and project based learning be used together in the classroom?


Articles I’ve been reading:

Mastery Based Assessment Builds Accountability

A New Kind Of Classroom No Grades, No Failing, No Hurry

5 Myths About Mastery Based Learning

Competency Based Education

Building a Better Transcript: What Grades Measure and What They Don’t

5 Strategies To Insure Student Learning

Will Letter Grades Survive

Personalized Competency-Based Education

(Please share other articles that might be of interest in the comments.)

OKElem Chat Thursday 2/1/18



  1. Is it important to make a conscious effort to create a culture of kindness in your classroom/school? Why?
  2. Does your school have a plan for creating a culture of kindness among students, families, and staff? Share ideas!
  3. How do you create a culture of kindness in your classroom?
  4. How can you/ do you get other teacher involve in creating a culture of kindness?
  5. How can you create a culture of kindness among co-workers?
  6. What books do you recommend to encourage kindness?
  7. What activities, lessons etc. do you recommend for encouraging kindness?
  8. How could kindness be incorporated into Valentine’s Day activities?
  9. What books, activities, lessons etc., do you have planned for Valentine’s day?
  10. What books, activities, lessons etc.,  are you planning for Presidents Day?

#OKElem After School Chat, Thursday, 1/18/18

High Stakes Testing

  1. What are the effects of high stakes testing on students?
  2. How can we as educators address the effects of testing on students?
  3. How does high stakes testing effect the curriculum being taught?
  4. In a climate of high-stakes testing how do you provide opportunities for  authentic learning, innovation etc?
  5. Are the effects of high stakes testing only felt in testing grades? Explain.
  6. Should standardized testing have a place in a 21st century learning environment? Why/Why not?
  7. Are there more effective ways to evaluate student achievement? Explain.
  8. How can we fight against high stakes testing?

#OKElem Chat Thursday, 1/4/18

Jan 1, 18 title

  1. What are your professional goals or dreams for 2018 (and beyond)?
  2. What are your personal goals or dreams for 2018 (and beyond)?
  3. How do you stay on track to reach your goals?
  4. How can we (#OKElem PLN) encourage each other in personal and professional growth/reaching new goals?
  5. How can you be a leader in your building, setting a positive tone, and encouraging others?
  6. Do you set goals with your students? Tell us more!!
  7. We’re 1/2 way through the year…winter months can seem long…how do you do to keep things exciting?
  8. Do you have a 2018 personal or professional reading list? Share!!
  9. What books are you looking forward to sharing with students in 2018?
  10. Share one cool thing that you’ve done with students this year. (We love photos!)


If you need a little goal setting inspiration check our Stephanie Hime’s  blog post: My “One Word” for 2018 

#OKElem Chat Thursday 12/7/17

Dec Promo 2017

  1. How do you maintain order in the classroom during the Holiday Season?
  2. What Holiday activities are you incorporating into your lessons? How are you keeping it meaningful?
  3. Do you have a favorite Holiday lesson, book, activity? Please share…photos are great too!
  4. Do your students make parent gifts? If so how do you manage the cost? What do they make?
  5. Are you planning to give student gifts?  What? Where do you shop?
  6. How can we instill in our students the joy of giving, during the Holiday Season?
  7. How do you balance the varied traditions and beliefs of students when planning instruction and activities during the Holiday Season?
  8. Do you give homework/practice work over break? Explain.
  9. How do you get students back into the swing of things after Winter Break?
  10. How do you balance family and school this time of year?

#OKElem After School Chat Thursday, 11/16/17

Thanksgiving 2017

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.)

  1. There are many things to be thankful for when it comes to being a teacher…why are you thankful to be a teacher?
  2. 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?
  3. Community stake holders (parents, community members etc.) help to create a positive school community. Who are the stake holders you are thankful for…Why?
  4. 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?
  5. Support from teammates and fellow teachers in our home school, and local school district is important. Who are you thankful for and why?
  6. Our schools couldn’t run and we couldn’t do our jobs without support staff and personnel.  Who are you thankful for and why?
  7. 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!!


#OKElem Chat Thur 11/2/17

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!

  1. What is personalized learning?
  2. How is personalized learning beneficial to students?
  3. In what way is RTI and Small Group instruction personalized?
  4. Is there more to personalized learning than small groups and RTI?? How can educators create additional opportunities for personalized learning in the classroom?
  5. What is the role of the teacher in a personalized learning environment?
  6. How do you (or could you) provide personalized learning opportunities for all students (struggling learners to advanced)?
  7. How can we use technology to assist in creating a personalized learning environment?
  8. How do you personalize learning and still meet curriculum and state standard requirements?
  9. How do you (or could you) make time for personalized learning?
  10. What role, if any, does room design play in personalized learning?