Dear Teachers,

Social media is part of the game. From networking to finding innovative ways to engage students or reinvigorate your classroom, there’s more than one reason to share, click, upvote, like, or tweet.

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100 Meaningful Things to Tweet About.

  1. What do you want to learn today?
  2. How are you going to support your students today?
  3. What is something you love about your school?
  4. What is one awesome thing about your lesson plan?
  5. What edtech tool makes your day better?
  6. What edtech tool would you like to learn more about?
  7. What book do recommend that any modern educator read?
  8. How have you been able to engage your class outside of the classroom?
  9. How has a student made you smile this week?
  10. How do you support your colleagues at school?
  11. What’s the best edu blog you’ve read recently?
  12. What are your thoughts/strategies on dealing with cell phones in the classroom?
  13. What’s your favorite assessment tool? Why?
  14. What is something you’ve always wanted to try in your classroom, but never have?
  15. What’s your favorite free tool for teachers?
  16. How do you stay positive during stressful periods at school?
  17. How do you get motivated to teach?
  18. What’s the best advice you ever got about teaching?
  19. What song best captures your teaching style?
  20. What’s your biggest challenge as an educator?
  21. What quote do you most love as a teacher?
  22. Who was the best teacher you had as a student?
  23. What Twitter handle have you learned the most from as an educator?
  24. What fictional educator most inspires you? Why?
  25. What is one thing your school administration does that makes your job as an educator a little better?
  26. What’s your funniest moment in the classroom?
  27. What’s your #1 tip for reaching a disengaged student?
  28. What’s one tip for making teaching staff meetings better?
  29. Tell the Twitterverse about a good edu podcast you listened to lately.
  30. What’s the best lesson you ever received from a student?
  31. What’s your favorite hardware to use with students? Chromebooks? iPads? Why?
  32. Have you ever blogged with your students? What was that like?
  33. What’s something different you’d like to try in your classroom this year?
  34. What’s your secret to building a healthy routine at school?
  35. How do you challenge high-performing students?
  36. Do you have any recommendations for communicating with parents at school/keeping them in the loop?
  37. How would you describe your class in three words?
  38. Looking back, what was your favorite class to teach? Why?
  39. Have you ever taught in a flipped classroom? What was your biggest takeaway?
  40. What is one thing all first year teachers should keep in mind this year?
  41. What would you say is your biggest triumph in the classroom?
  42. Who has been your biggest mentor as an educator?
  43. Have you stumbled upon any great learning apps you’d recommend to other teachers?
  44. If you could go back and tell yourself one thing during your first year of teaching, what would that be?
  45. What would you most like to disrupt about education?
  46. What edu companies are you loving right now?
  47. Have you ever tried gamification in your lessons? What was that like?
  48. What would you say defines your teaching style?
  49. Quick: what would you say to inspire a teacher across the country?
  50. What’s your take on mobile learning?
  51. What’s one way you add rigor to your classroom?
  52. What teaching buzzwords do you wish would go away?
  53. How do you unwind outside of the classroom?
  54. Any professional development groups or resources you’d recommend or want to learn more about?
  55. Any experiences with doing a genius hour? What was your take?
  56. What resources do you feel would improve your job?
  57. What’s the best question a student ever asked you?
  58. What is one way you keep a growth mindset?
  59. What’s one thing you’d expect to change about learning in the next 100 years?
  60. What’s the proudest you’ve been of a student and why?
  61. How is one way you’ve seen teachers and administrators work well together?
  62. What’s one thing you’d want people to know about being an educator that you think would be surprising?
  63. What do you most want to learn from other educators on Twitter?
  64. If you could interview anyone about teaching today, who would it be and why?
  65. What’s your #1 tip for classroom decorating?
  66. How is your classroom organized? Any advice for classroom feng shui?
  67. Tweet one resource that has made you a better educator.
  68. Any interest in setting up a pen pal or virtual exchange program with another classroom? How can you jumpstart this project on social?
  69. What are you strategies for providing students with feedback?
  70. What’s an alternative to telling a student “good job” on an assignment that is far more meaningful?
  71. Have you ever participated in a MOOC? Any recommendations for other educators?
  72. What’s one resource you’d love to share with parents?
  73. What’s one thing you’d like technology companies to consider as they make tools for classrooms?
  74. Any edu conferences coming up you’re excited about or want more info on?
  75. What is your teaching superpower? What skill are you most proud of growing in your teaching career?
  76. How do you pump yourself up during back-to-school season?
  77. Sum up your latest assignment in five words or less.
  78. What steps are you taking to be better at what you do this year? How can Twitter help?
  79. If you could design a piece of edtech, what would it be and why?
  80. If you could go back and tell yourself something as a student, what would it be?
  81. What do you think the biggest change in education has been since you were in school?
  82. What’s one thing you really appreciate about your colleagues?
  83. What book gets you most exciting about teaching and learning?
  84. Quick: share a TED-Ed video that makes your heart sing.
  85. What’s your favorite tool for lesson planning?
  86. How does your school stay connected? What do you like about that and what would you improve?
  87. Have you ever tried to learn coding? What tools did you use and were they helpful?
  88. What skill do modern teachers most need that goes unadvertised among educators?
  89. What professional development exercises have you most enjoyed that were provided/recommended by your school?
  90. How do you curb cheating in your classroom? Have you had any wild experiences there?
  91. Ever have a really lazy student? What did you do?
  92. What’s one standard teaching practice you’d like to majorly modernize?
  93. Best field trip stories. And go.
  94. Any questions - or advice - on creating activities for a 1:1 or BYOD classroom?
  95. What are your go-to tools for classroom management?
  96. If you weren’t an educator, what do you think you’d be doing and why?
  97. What’s the scariest thing about being an educator?
  98. What’s the best part about being an educator?
  99. What is something your school should be proud of?
  100. What do you use an indicator of success as a teacher?

Google +

Along with a recent redesign, Google + remains a useful resource for educators to track down content and connections to inspire and reinvigorate their teaching.


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Reddit

Teachers: are you Redditing? Because you totally should be.


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And Now, An FAQ on Social Etiquette

 

It’s not always about knowing where to search and who to follow to get the most out of social media. Etiquette can be a deterrent. Some schools have bans or strict guidelines for what an educator can or cannot do as far as social media goes.

 

Blogging and tweeting and liking might feel like things that are going to get you in trouble. But they don’t have to be. In that vein, we have a few considerations to share.

 

And in the spirit of social, we’ll be building out this section with feedback from Twitter. If you have something to add to the conversation, tweet us @Chalkupedu.

 

Disclaimer: if your school has a social media policy, always good to brush up on that before taking to the internet.

 

Should I be interacting with students on social media at all?

There’s an argument to be made that learning shouldn’t be contained to the classroom. And that engaging with students on their turf offers new opportunity to share ideas and provide support.

 

But there are also clear sensitivities.

 

First, consult your school’s policy. If there is no guidance provided on connecting with students, use your best judgement on connecting. Look for learning opportunities. Press pause whenever an interaction or online request feels out of bounds.

Putting a firewall between personal posts and tweets and your students isn’t the worst idea.

 

Next, decide how you’ll use the interwebs for good. Maybe it’s a class Twitter account in which you can accept follows and post relevant content. Or retweet great ideas.

 

Short answer: you shouldn’t feel compelled to if you’re not comfortable with it. But there is a great opportunity for good here.

 

I was tweeting and Facebooking before I became a teacher. What should I do with those accounts?

An annual social media cleanse is good for everyone.

 

You don’t need to delete your account because you’re a teacher now. But you should revisit your privacy settings and think through how’d you’d like to use any accounts that will remain public (and possible for students and/or colleagues to find).



Also an all-around good idea to keep it positive on social. Operate under the assumption that what you throw out there is accessible to anyone. Use those same digital citizenship lessons in your own life.

 

This means that social media isn’t a place to share confidential info from your school. (You know this. But still.) This means that you don’t take to Twitter or Facebook to bash students or administration.

 

In the end, be reasonable. Clean up your accounts. Make them professional. Don’t post anything you wouldn’t want the world to see. Seek to make new professional connections - and if you really need to vent - perhaps you can engage your new connections via a DM or email.

 

I want to be engaging professionally online, but I also want a place for personal interactions. How should I do that?

Consider making an personal and a professional account on a social media platform, if you don’t mind jumping back and forth.

 

Alternatively, you have the option of separating personal and professional by channel. Tweet about all things edu and allow your students to follow on Twitter, and perhaps save your food photos and family updates for Instagram and Facebook.

 

Pro tip: familiarize yourself with the “specific people” privacy setting in Facebook.

 

What can I (or can’t I) say about students on social?

Tough question - and one that is surely up for debate - but it’s clearly a good rule of thumb to avoid using student names. Speaking in hypotheticals and keeping conversation constructive is a safer way to discuss students, if that’s something you’re keen to do.

 

We always return to the “keep it positive” theme. If you need to reach out to your PLN via a social account to get advice on working with a student, problem-solving and forward-looking language is your best bet.

 

If you have an uber-specific situation to troubleshoot with a student, maybe you take to e-mailing colleagues and mentors before running to the internet.

 

But what if you’re truly stuck? And you want to workshop a student issue with impartial third parties? This is a situation that’s potentially well-suited for the /teachers subreddit. This semi-anonymous environment is a good one for presenting teaching situations and garnering feedback from other educators around the globe. Maybe leave out your school specifics, just to play it safe.



If I do want to connect with students on social, what’s the best way to jumpstart that dialog?

Don’t force it.

 

Present options for engaging (responsibly) as a class on social and pepper in your best digital citizenship lessons/content before starting anything.

 

My school won’t allow me to interact with students on social media. Any advice?

Well, if that’s the rule, that’s the rule. Wouldn’t advise trying to game the system in any way.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t be making the most of social media for your own learning and growth. Or that you can connect with students once they’ve graduated and moved on. You can also consider online learning platforms cleared by your school on which you can have meaningful conversations outside of class. You might not exactly be meeting students on their turf, but it’s something.

 

What are the big no-nos for being a teacher who engages on social media?

Always be reasonable, use your head, know your school policies, and aim to use social media for good.

 

As for big “do not do these things!!!” - here goes nothing:

  • Don’t share confidential student info
  • Don’t mention students by name
  • Don’t use your social accounts for school-related complaints
  • Don’t go out of your way to connect with students
  • No unprofessional posts; nothing you wouldn’t want your boss to see

 

What are things I absolutely should be doing on social media?

  • Keep it positive - positive words, positive sentiments, constructive conversation.
  • Find a good resource? Share it like it’s hot.
  • Search for communities, forums, and chats that match your interests schedule time to participate weekly.

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