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Use Twitter for Professional Development. A MiddleWeb Resource Roundup The computer is (usually) your friend, and one of the friendliest activities it will host is micro-blogging, thanks to Twitter.

Use Twitter for Professional Development

Besides your own 140-character missives (it takes some practice to say a lot in a little space), you can find hundreds of educators sharing how-to’s, infographics, and other interesting pedagogical finds. Blogging at their site AskteacherZ: Inspirational Education, two Michigan teachers make the case for PD through tweeting, noting not only the shared ideas but also the grassroots, isolation-breaking community experience.

If you are new to Twitter, read Daniel Edwards’ story of his evolution from skeptic to devotee in “Teachers – The 10 Stages of Twitter.” And if you’re an old hand, read the UK educator’s post for several good laughs. If you are curious about how all this hashtagging got started, the NYT’s Learning Network has archived an interview with several of the instigators. Artwork: Chris Davis, Powerful Learning Practice. 15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher. Recent technological advances have affected many areas of our lives, including the way we communicate, collaborate, learn, and, of course, teach.

15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher

Those advances necessitate an expansion of our vocabulary, producing definitions such as digital natives, digital immigrants, and the topic of this post—21st-century teacher. As I write this, I’m trying to recall if I ever had heard phrases such as 20th-century teacher or 19th-century teacher. 11 Habits of an Effective Teacher. 2.

11 Habits of an Effective Teacher

Makes a Difference There is a saying, "With great power, comes great responsibility". 50 Educational Podcasts You Should Check Out - Getting Smart by Guest Author - “50 Educational Podcasts You Should Check Out” by Julie DeNeen first appeared on the informED blog.

50 Educational Podcasts You Should Check Out - Getting Smart by Guest Author -

Maybe you don’t have time to sit down and sift through the latest education blogs for ideas and inspiration. Cool Cat Teacher Blog - Be a Better Teacher. Live a Meaningful Life. The Complete Guide To Twitter Hashtags For Education. Pinterest and teachers: How the site is filling a gap in teacher training. For most of us, Pinterest brings to mind crafts we’ll never make, places we’ll never visit, and wedding dresses we’ll never buy.

Pinterest and teachers: How the site is filling a gap in teacher training.

But when teachers log on to the social scrapbooking site, they search for things like pasta-noodle skeletons, rock-candy recipes, and numbered cootie catchers—not as part of a crazy home-decorating scheme, but to actually use in their classrooms. At a time when social media has broken down geographic barriers across countless professions, teachers have turned to places like Pinterest in droves, and not because they’re particularly prone to distraction.

For thousands of teachers, Pinterest has become an important venue for professional development—a place to find creative lesson plans, classroom decorations, and teaching tips. Teaching Growth Mindset in the Secondary Classroom - The SuperHERO Teacher. Skip to content Menu Teaching Growth Mindset in the Secondary Classroom We’re all familiar with the importance of growth mindset, but often times we see growth mindset being taught at the lower levels as opposed to middle and high school classrooms.

Teaching Growth Mindset in the Secondary Classroom - The SuperHERO Teacher

We, as teachers, have the opportunity to change that! We can be the leaders our students need in order to inspire them to be the very best the can be. Where do we begin? Teach your students about the theories, research, and science behind a growth mindset. Teach YOURSELF about growth mindset. Assign informational text pieces about growth mindset to meet standards. How To Support Mental Health in the Classroom. Year after year, the students arriving in my classroom are exhibiting more signs of mental health problems.

How To Support Mental Health in the Classroom

From anxiety to depression to anger, I've seen it all and over the years have developed some great ways to support mental health in the classroom. Throughout my career, I've taught students from Grade 2 to 6. Despite the considerable age gap between the oldest and youngest, mental health concerns have been part of every classroom. 25 Alternatives to Saying"Good Job" If you are trying to break the habit of hollow, unthinking praise, and the habit of manipulative praise, and turn it into something more worthwhile, these 25 alternatives to saying “good job” might help get you on a better parenting path.

25 Alternatives to Saying"Good Job"

Recently I shared some thoughts on praise and manipulation. In that post I shared some brutal truths about how I parent, and some ideas about how I would like to parent. I shared my goal to break the habit of hollow, unthinking praise, and the habit of manipulative praise, and turn it into something more worthwhile. The Compliments Project. Activities to Support Student Wellbeing. Developing Growth Mindsets. This week at school our focus has been on growth mindsets.

Developing Growth Mindsets

In Primary 1 and in Primary 6 we have been comparing fixed and growth mindsets. This is something we believe is a fundamental part of developing a positive classroom ethos which is crucial at this stage in the term and throughout the year. Weareteachers. Since the publication of Have You Filled a Bucket Today?


In 2006, the concept of bucket filling has become more popular each year. It’s a simple idea: being kind to others fills their buckets (and your own). Bucket filler activities encourage kids to be kind in a variety of ways. IRC Brock University (ircbrock) on Pinterest. Miss Diamond (missdiamondsclass) on Pinterest. 2 Simple Ways to Improve Online K-12 Instruction. As the new school year looms in the U.S., many teachers are unsure of the exact amount of time they will need to dedicate to remote teaching.

With departments of education and districts looking to maintain both teacher and student attendance while minimizing the risk of coronavirus outbreaks in their schools, we know that remote learning isn’t going away at this time. How to Find Reputable Online Resources for K-12 Distance Learning. As with most teachers across the country, in mid-March I found myself making a hasty transition from teaching middle school social studies in a physical classroom to remote teaching in a virtual classroom. My classes met in a Google Classroom at a specific time each day, and I presented a resource for students to view, analyze, and discuss.

Utilizing this format, the challenge is finding high-quality information for the students to analyze. I have found that brief videos are more effective than readings, as it is more difficult to support lower-level readers when I can’t see the cues that would indicate they’re struggling. A quick search on any given historical topic provides an overwhelming abundance of resources, both written and video, a function of the internet having few barriers to entry. The challenge becomes applying a critical eye to sources to weed out the amateurs and find the experts. Vetting Online Resources. Using Morning Messages to Start the Day in Elementary School Distance Learning. The beginning of the school day is an important time for students as they transition from home to school. Helping students make this transition is even more important when they’re doing their school work at home.

One strategy I use to set the tone for a day of learning is an interactive morning message. The morning message is a daily message from the teacher that is posted for students when they enter the classroom. It can be written on chart paper or projected on the whiteboard. Helping Elementary Students Process Their Feelings During Remote Learning. During difficult times, it’s natural for us to try to put a brave spin on things. We somehow made it through remote learning, and now we’re just trying to get through another day of potentially bad news and countless unknowns. We can’t be with our friends or colleagues. Every “How ya doing?” Text message feels like an existential question. 2 Simple Ways to Improve Online K-12 Instruction. Strategies K-12 Teachers Can Use to Work Efficiently When Teaching Online. Inspired elementary, Classroom management tool, Classroom management.

Reflections—and Lessons Learned—From Remote Learning. Elementary Mathematics. Desmos Classroom Activities. AmazingMaths: Mathemagic. Play Free Online Math Games K-6. The Robertson Program for Inquiry-based Teaching in Mathematics and Science. Curriculum Grade 4. Using Sound Texts in Antiracist Teaching in Middle and High School. MiddleWeb: All About the Middle Grades. Latest. Silvia Tolisano- Langwitches Blog. Point of Entry: Poetry in the Classroom. School: Is It a Q&A Period or a Place to Explore New Ideas? A MiddleWeb Blog. Welcome. Language18currb. Resources by Topic.

Moodle. Teacher as Writer: Taking a Poem for a Walk. Printable Recycling Writing Prompts for Students. Reading Intervention Checklist for Elementary Teachers.