The T in Twitter Stands for Teacher: Tips for Us!

 You may or may not know it, but Twitter is an educator’s paradise; filled to the gills with educational dialogue, resources, ideas, tips, and best practices. No longer just a tween Bieber playground (Sorry Justin!), Twitter has become sooo much more.

To help you ease into this new (and perhaps scary) world of virtual collaboration,  Let’s discuss why the T in Twitter Stands for Teacher.  Soon you’ll be an #EduTweeter Rockstar in no time!

1. Professional Learning Networks (PLN)
Twitter is, without a doubt, an amazing social tool for connecting people.  Unlike Facebook, Twitter is a universe that allows for open communication across multiple platforms (and even continents). As Mrs. Kathleen Morris states in her great post about Twitter on Edublogs“I find Twitter to be like a virtual staffroom…where I can find advice, give advice, find great links, share my work and engage in general musings about education.”

To begin building your PLN, start following educators and members that appeal to you and align with your ideals/goals as an educator. Some of my current, favorite EduTweeters  (in random order) are:

@ShiftParadigm@justintarte@singoffpitch,@JewishSpecialEd, @LisaBerghoff@TheWeirdTeacher@gcouros@ShellTerrell,   @INISchoolsSpEd@BethHouf@JayBilly2,  @tritonkory@TyrnaD@davidtedu, @RusulAlrubail  @VeganMathBeagle, @FarleyJeffrey @JessLifTeach

(and so many others!)

Be sure to also check out this Google doc of top Educator Twitter Handles by Subject and follow some of the educators who work in your areas of interest for inspiration, connection, and more!

2. Educational Chats
Sue Waters, Working With Web 2.0 Tools EduBlogger writes, “Twitter chats are one of the best ways for educators to connect with other educators, exchange and debate ideas, ask for help and provide assistance, find new resources and take action.” 

Indeed, educational chats are a wonderful way to get involved with a sub-group of teachers and stakeholders who share similar interests as you.  Need help finding the best Ed Twitter Chat for you? Check out this fantastic schedule of Global List of all Educational Chats by @cybraryman1 and an ever-evolving google doc with chat times here: Edu Top Twitter chats.

Some of my favorite chats that I’ve been involved in so far include: #BFC530 (5:30am Breakfast Club), #SlowChatEd #spedchat, #LDchat, #edchat, #tlap (Teach like a Pirate), #satchat, and #sunchat.

Be sure to also check out the Twitter Teacher Book Club, or #TBookC led by myself and the amazing @LisaBerghoff and @JewishSpecialEd on Thursday nights at 8pmCST.

3. Gathering Insights and Inspiration in a Tweet-minute!
Got five minutes to spare in between your lunch and prep period? Hop on to Twitter to find some messages of inspiration, passion, joy, resources, and teaching tips.  Being able to learn and collaborate with your Twitter educators is like a high-tech, low-cost Professional Development session available at your fingertips.

If you’ve chosen the correct people to follow for your PLN, you’ll have a wide variety of amazing content and insight coming straight through on your Twitter feed.  Get ready to be AMAZED!

So, TEACHERS, what are you waiting for? Are YOU on Twitter yet?

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For some great help getting started with Twitter, read The Teachers Guide to Twitter (Edudemic) and Getting Started with Twitter in the Classroom by Carrie Kam and the Teaching Channel.

Teacher Book Club, #TBookC: Feb Pick

Lindsey Lipsky, M.Ed.

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#TBookC is an online Twitter Teacher Book Club dedicated to engaging with educators and education stakeholders around the globe. The goal of #TBookC is to read 1 book every 1-2 months to help us with our lives, profession, and passions. After all, Teaching is a HARD job; We could all use a little relaxation and connection from time to time, no?

#TBookC started the year off right with an amazing read on Teach Like a Pirate or #Tlap by Dave Burgess (@burgessdave) for January. We had so much fun engaging with new educators on this book! Dave Burgess really brings it with enough enthusiasm and passion to engage even the most disenfranchised classroom teacher. You can read about the #TBookC January chat here.

For Feburary, my wonderful team of #TBookC moderators @LisaBerghoff and @JewishSpecialEd (and votes by you), helped us pick our #TBookC February read…

 Announcing: How Full is Your Bucket? by Tom Rath

How Full is Your Bucket? is a wonderful, short read for readers of all ages.  Based on a simple metaphor of a dipper and a bucket, this book can help change our (and our students’) views and interactions with eachother, as well as help build a more positive and fulfilling world!  Read more information about this wonderful book here and/or follow Tom Rath on Twitter @TomCRath.


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“How did you feel after your last interaction with another person?

 Did that person — your spouse, best friend, coworker, or even a stranger — “fill your bucket” by making you feel more positive? Or did that person “dip from your bucket,” leaving you more negative than before?

 The #1 New York Times and #1 BusinessWeek bestseller, How Full Is Your Bucket? reveals how even the briefest interactions affect your relationships, productivity, health, and longevity. Organized around a simple metaphor of a dipper and a bucket, and grounded in 50 years of research, this book will show you how to greatly increase the positive moments in your work and your life — while reducing the negative.

 Filled with discoveries, powerful strategies, and engaging stories, How Full Is Your Bucket? is sure to inspire lasting changes and has all the makings of a timeless classic.” -Amazon Summary, How Full is Your Bucket?


We hope you will join #TBookC for this powerful read!

The chat starts Thursday, Feb. 5th 2015 at 8pm CST. Please add your name on the #TBookC Google Doc here to join us, or pop in to say hello at your leisure on Thursday nights!

Please note, for this chat we will be reading the “How Full is Your Bucket” for adults, but there is also a lovely “How Full is Your Bucket for Kids” that we’d recommend getting as well if you want help implementing this wonderful practice in your K-8 classroom.

Happy Reading! We can’t wait to see you all starting February 5th, 2015!

Your #TBookC Moderators,

Lindsey Lipsky (@LindseyLipsky)
Lisa Berghoff (@LisaBerghoff)

Lisa Friedman (@JewishSpecialEd)

#TBookC, Twitter (Teacher) Book Club -January 

I’m someone who often has her nose in a book well into the wee hours of the night (much to the dismay of my husband). I also love talking about all things education and connecting with others. Reading+Teaching+Connecting= the birth of Twitter (Teacher) Book Club, better known as #TBookC.The goal of #TBookC is to read at least 1 book (does not have to only be on education!) every 1-2 months while engaging with fellow educators and education stakeholders around the globe. Book selections go out for a group vote at the end of each month.In December, I rallied some of my favorite EduTweeters, including the amazing @LisaBerghoff, who kindly offered to Co-Moderate #TBookC (yay!) We put out a vote for a January pick, and in an astounding win, Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess (@burgessdave) was selected.  Teach Like a Pirate is a Twitter phenomenon with its hugely popular Twitter chat following Monday nights on #TLAP. Sure to engross all with Dave’s extremely contagious enthusiasm and passion for engaging learners, this book is going to be an amazing read!

#TBookC will begin on Thursday, Jan. 8 from 8-9pm CST

See below for Jan. #TBookC Teach Like A Pirate Reading Schedule! 

  •             Chat 1- Thursday, Jan. 8: Part 1, Pgs. 1-71
  •             Chat 2- Thursday, Jan. 15: Part 2, Pgs. 73-137
  •             Chat 3- Thursday, Jan. 22: Part 3, Pgs. 143-177
  •            Chat 4- Thursday, Jan. 29: Off week, chance to vote on Feb  #TBookC pick

**All Chats held Thursdays, 8 -9pm CST

Want to join #TBookC? Add your name to the chat list here (Or just pop in and say hello on Thursdays at 8pm CST).  Register for a Chat Reminder for #TBookC by visiting www.remind.com/join or Texting 8101 with class code @tbookc.

Have some title suggestions for our February #TBookC pick? Please submit them here.

Excited to learn and grow with you all!

Your #TBookC Moderators,
Lindsey Lipsky (@LindseyLipsky)
Lisa Berghoff (@LisaBerghoff)

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Really want to dive deep into the spirit of Teach Like a Pirate? The #bfctlap book study will be held every Tuesday 8-9pm CST January 6th – February 24th hosted by the always amazing @marcihouseman @bethhouf  and @JayBilly2. Also, check out the slow chat #BookClubEd led by @MRsalakas which will be focusing on Teach Like a Pirate this month!

January should really be renamed “Teach Like a Pirate” month, don’t you think?