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Teacher Self Care: Resources to Help You Make Time for You - TeachersFirst

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Take time to take care of your emotional health with the tips and resources found in this Wakelet collection for educators engaged in remote teaching. Browse through for easy to ...more
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Take time to take care of your emotional health with the tips and resources found in this Wakelet collection for educators engaged in remote teaching. Browse through for easy to do tips that help you step away from the mental stress of dealing with disruptions to your home and school routines. In addition to many self-care tips, be sure to take a look at the links and videos that support the strategies suggested.

tag(s): mental health (33), professional development (236)

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Incorporate the concept of intentional self-care into your remote learning routine. Choose one or two tips to start with, then return to add new ideas every few days. Use these ideas any time you need a stress reliever. Share this advice with students to help them adjust to new remote learning situations or with stressful events in the classroom.

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What's the Buzz: The 6 C's - TeachersFirst

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This blog post shares information on the 6C's learning framework along with teaching strategies that incorporate the 6C's into any classroom. The author takes each portion of the framework...more
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This blog post shares information on the 6C's learning framework along with teaching strategies that incorporate the 6C's into any classroom. The author takes each portion of the framework and begins with the definition and skills to be taught. Included after each of the definitions are links and specific lesson ideas that adapt for multiple grade levels.

tag(s): character education (5), collaboration (72), communication (25), creativity (115), professional development (236), social and emotional learning (24)

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Take advantage of the many ideas shared in this blog post to begin incorporating the 6C's into your classroom lessons, or use the ideas to strengthen your knowledge and add to your 6C's resources. Share this blog with your peers as part of your ongoing professional development activities. Use Fiskkit, reviewed here as a collaborative tool to discuss information found in the article. Share the blog's URL on Fiskitt to create a platform for collaborative discussion that includes highlighting important information, adding comments, and sharing additional links.

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ISTE Standards for Students - International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

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The ISTE Standards for Students outline seven learning standards to empower student learning through technology in preparation for 21st Century skills. Choose any of the topics and...more
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The ISTE Standards for Students outline seven learning standards to empower student learning through technology in preparation for 21st Century skills. Choose any of the topics and click on the plus sign to open the outline and view specific goals and learning outcomes. Dig even deeper into the standards by clicking on the hyperlinked words to learn how the words and phrases correlate to information within the standard. Other links found under the standards outline offer downloads and information on how to adopt the ISTE Standards. Email signup is required to receive the free downloads.

tag(s): professional development (236)

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Use the ISTE Standards for Students as a guideline to using technology in your classroom. Download the printable standards for use when considering what type of technology to use, how to use it, and your expectations for learning. Incorporate the ISTE Standards into your professional development sessions within your school. Consider unpacking one standard per month during professional development learning. Use a curation tool like Wakelet, reviewed here to share resources with peers relating to incorporating the standards. Encourage your peers to share their ideas for using the standards by using FlipGrid, reviewed here as a conversation starter for your ongoing standards and technology discussions.

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OK2Ask: Digital Storytelling 201 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from March 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Get ready for World Storytelling Day by joining us for this session. You (or...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from March 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Get ready for World Storytelling Day by joining us for this session. You (or your students) have a story idea, but now what do you do? We'll review the Digital Storytelling Process and then talk about using tech tools to create your product. Digital stories can be used for instruction as well as formative and summative assessments. You will also get some ideas for classroom management while students are working on digital storytelling projects. Participants will: 1. Understand the Digital Storytelling Process; 2. Explore a technology tool for digital storytelling; and 3. Plan for the use of digital storytelling in the instructional setting. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): digital storytelling (146)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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The Big6 - Mike Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz

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The Big6 provides training and resources based on the Big6 model for problem-solving and decision making. This site also includes information for incorporating the Super3 model into...more
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The Big6 provides training and resources based on the Big6 model for problem-solving and decision making. This site also includes information for incorporating the Super3 model into the decision making process for younger students. Follow the Big6 blog as a means to stay current on the latest ideas and information related to using the Big6 model in and away from the classroom. The Big6 Resources link shares detailed information on the Big6 model along with an overview of incorporating the model as a structured month by month program. The included instructional materials include handouts, presentations, videos, and additional support materials for users to learn about and teach the Big6 model strategies.
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tag(s): problem solving (291), teaching strategies (36)

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Share ideas from this site with peers as part of your professional development sessions. Consider creating a monthly building-wide schedule using the suggestions provided on the site. Include your ideas with parents through your website to teach them along with you and your students on methods for working through any type of decision. Use technology resources to reinforce and reflect upon the Big6 and Super3 decision-making processes. For example, use Canva Infographic Creator, reviewed here to create digital posters for each of the strategies. Include suggestions on ways for students to be successful within each strategy. Provide resources for students to match strategies such as planning. Read Write Think, reviewed here has a large number of student interactives including a Bio Cube, Book Cover Guide, and an Essay Map that provides students assistance in planning writing assignments. As students learn about and become familiar with the Big6 and Super3 process, ask them to share their ideas and reflect upon learning using blogs created with Edublog, reviewed here. Have students share their knowledge with others using a video explainer tool like My Simpleshow, reviewed here. Be sure to share student reflections and explainers on your class website for parents and others to view!
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Zapier - Wade Foster

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Zapier helps you organize and manage your workflow between apps through automated tasks. Create an account and use the guide to find and choose apps you use. Zapier integrates with...more
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Zapier helps you organize and manage your workflow between apps through automated tasks. Create an account and use the guide to find and choose apps you use. Zapier integrates with a multitude of apps, including Dropbox, Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, as well as many other online tools. Connect two or more apps to create an automated action. Choose to create a Zap to select an app and an event. For example, select your Gmail account and create a path to save all Gmail attachments to your Google Drive automatically. Be sure to check out the "Recommended for You" options for an overview of the many ways to organize the workflow between apps.

tag(s): calendars (40), organizational skills (106)

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Use Zapier to manage everyday online work. Have Zapier send you an email each time student blogs are updated, add documents automatically to your Google Drive as they arrive in your email, or get email reminders before upcoming calendar events. The variety of actions makes this a convenient tool for automating any number of activities to save you time and maintain the organization of your information.

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dailySTEM - Chris Woods

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dailySTEM is a blog, podcast, and weekly newsletter published by a high school math teacher. The author shares inspiration for finding STEM in the everyday world. The resource section...more
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dailySTEM is a blog, podcast, and weekly newsletter published by a high school math teacher. The author shares inspiration for finding STEM in the everyday world. The resource section of the website includes downloadable activities for families (in English, Spanish, and Arabic), and STEM ideas related to movies, Backseat Boredom Busters, and Isometric Paper for 3D drawings. Stay up to date with the latest news from the site by subscribing to the podcast and the weekly newsletter.

tag(s): blogs (79), podcasts (62), STEM (219)

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Take advantage of the many ideas found on this site to inspire STEM learning in your classroom and at home. Use the 77 Simple STEM Activities for Families PDF to share weekly tips on your class website for STEM ideas at home. Encourage students to share their activities by taking pictures and videos to share in school. Compile student activities into an online book using Book Creator, reviewed here. Include videos, images, and student explanations of activities in your class book. Enhance student learning by asking students to explain the STEM content behind their activities by creating an animated explanation using Powtoon, reviewed here.
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Twitter Chat: Using Digital Tools to Demonstrate Learning - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from December 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Using Digital Tools to Demonstrate Learning. During this chat, participants will:...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from December 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Using Digital Tools to Demonstrate Learning. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss indicators that learning is taking place, 2. Explore tech tools that can be used to enhance learning goals, and 3. Share tips for using tech tools.

tag(s): classroom management (145), collaboration (72), communication (25), Formative Assessment (16), Online Learning (15), twitterchatarchive (89)

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Find resources and information about using digital tools to demonstrate learning and how to integrate them into your lessons. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for resources related to online learning.

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Classroom Management Resources - TeachersFirst

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Classroom management covers a wide range of tasks or routines: collecting assignments, designing seating charts, promoting positive behaviors, creating cooperative learning groups,...more
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Classroom management covers a wide range of tasks or routines: collecting assignments, designing seating charts, promoting positive behaviors, creating cooperative learning groups, and so much more. If you are looking for some new tools to ensure that your classroom lessons run smoothly and disruptive behaviors are kept to a minimum, check out this collection to maximize your management. Classroom management matters at all grade levels and we have tools for all ages and for all subjects.

tag(s): classroom management (145), Teacher Utilities (97)

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Find management tips and tools to make your class run smoother. Share this collection with your colleagues.

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Brad Dale YouTube Channel - Brad Dale

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This YouTube Channel, created by a technology specialist, contains short tutorial videos for educators on how to use a variety of free technology tools. Browse through the channel to...more
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This YouTube Channel, created by a technology specialist, contains short tutorial videos for educators on how to use a variety of free technology tools. Browse through the channel to find tips on using Flipgrid, Google Classroom, Twitter, and much more. If you are looking for tips on a specific tool, choose the Playlists link to find videos sorted by individual technology tools. Most videos run less than two minutes long, making them perfect for finding valuable information without taking much time.

tag(s): professional development (236), tutorials (48)

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Bookmark and save this site for your use and for student use when using popular technology tools. Even better, use this site as a model for your students to become the experts and create their own video tips for technology tools or any classroom topic that needs additional guidance. Begin with assessing students' prior knowledge on use of a classroom tool, for example, Google Docs. Start with a very simple polling tool like UpDwn, reviewed here, to ask questions and find out how comfortable students are with the different Docs and features available. Use the information learned from the poll to motivate students to share their knowledge with others, specifically with tips for working with less familiar parts of the documents. Ask students to share their explainer videos using My Simpleshow, reviewed here, and post to your class webpage. Many times students know much more about technology than adults; use this information to your school and community's benefit by sharing student explainers on your school website. Be sure to include a comment section for community members to add ideas for explainer videos that they can use in their everyday routines when working with technology.

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Primary Sources Resources - TeachersFirst

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This curated list includes resources for all grades, compares primary to secondary sources, and countless other topics. Primary sources offer direct (firsthand) accounts about events,...more
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This curated list includes resources for all grades, compares primary to secondary sources, and countless other topics. Primary sources offer direct (firsthand) accounts about events, people, works of art, and more. Remember our "In the Classroom" suggestions give you ideas about how to use these tools in your classroom.

tag(s): primary sources (101), Research (32)

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Use these tools to help students to understand primary sources, research, and more. Find tools for students to use to research when doing projects or studying for an exam.

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Teacher Utilities Resources - TeachersFirst

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Technology offers teachers many management tools for classroom procedures, communication, design of the classroom, and more. This collection highlights what we call "Teacher Utilities."...more
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Technology offers teachers many management tools for classroom procedures, communication, design of the classroom, and more. This collection highlights what we call "Teacher Utilities." These are any tools that make the job of the teacher slightly easier to manage. Some examples of tools in this collection include timers, learning management systems, lesson plan builders, classroom design tools, and many more. Remember our "In the Classroom" suggestions give you ideas about how to use these tools in your classroom.

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Find new tools to try in your classroom, for communication with families and more. Each review includes classroom use ideas. Read the details of each tool and find the ones that will make your tasks easier to manage.

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OK2Ask: Transform Your Lesson Plans with TeachersFirst and Triple E - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Want to use technology with your students while maintaining good instructional...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from October 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. Want to use technology with your students while maintaining good instructional practices? Then this session is for you! Learn to use the Triple E Framework to select tools that match your objectives from the TeachersFirst database. Technology is not a magic bullet, but you can increase the positive impact of technology in your class using this simple framework and appropriate instructional strategies. Participants will: 1. Understand how to use the Triple E Framework; 2. Explore digital resources and tools for learning; and 3. Plan a technology integrated activity for the classroom using the Triple E Framework. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Learning Management Systems Resources - TeachersFirst

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Peruse this collection of learning management system resources. The list includes tools for all grades. Find tools to use to organize your communication, documentation, grading, and...more
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Peruse this collection of learning management system resources. The list includes tools for all grades. Find tools to use to organize your communication, documentation, grading, and more. Whatever your needs may be, you may find the perfect tool in this collection. Be sure to read the "In the Classroom" suggestions for examples of ways to use the LMS (learning management system) tools with your students.

tag(s): assessment (130), Learning Management Systems (25), Teacher Utilities (97)

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Find new tools to try in your classroom. Each review includes several classroom use ideas. Read the details of each tool and find the one that best meets your needs.

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Twitter Chat: How to Increase Student Engagement Using Technology - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from September 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: How to Increase Student Engagement Using Technology. During this chat, participants...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from September 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: How to Increase Student Engagement Using Technology. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the benefits of using technology to increase student engagement, 2. Explore various apps and websites that foster increased student engagement and powerful learning experiences, and 3. Share helpful resources to begin to incorporate more technology tools into daily lessons.

tag(s): communication (25), Formative Assessment (16), Online Learning (15), teaching strategies (36), twitterchatarchive (89)

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Find resources and information about online learning and how to integrate it into your lessons. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for resources related to online learning.

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Twitter Chat: Online Learning: Turning it into Student Success - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from September 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Online Learning: Turning it into Student Success. During this chat, participants...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from September 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Online Learning: Turning it into Student Success. During this chat, participants will: 1. Define online learning and discuss its importance in K12 education, 2. Discuss the impact of students thriving with the ability to learn online, on-demand, and 3. Share resources and websites/apps that provide powerful learning experiences for students.

tag(s): Online Learning (15), resources (105), twitterchatarchive (89)

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Find resources and information about online learning and how to integrate it into your lessons. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for resources related to online learning.

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OK2Ask: TeachersFirst Tech Tools Smackdown - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. There are many technology tools available for classroom use, but which ones...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from August 2019, opens in Adobe Connect. There are many technology tools available for classroom use, but which ones are teachers' favorites? This session will share and compare some of TeachersFirst contributors' favorite resources. Help us decide which tool is the session winner of our Smackdown! Participants will: 1. Learn about and compare some of TeachersFirst contributors' favorite technology tools; 2. Evaluate uses for one or more tools for classroom use; and 3. Share ideas for using resources with other participants. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): professional development (236)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Mix - StumbleUpon

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Are you looking for some of the best content on the web? Use Mix to browse and search for information based on your interests and those of like-minded people. ...more
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Are you looking for some of the best content on the web? Use Mix to browse and search for information based on your interests and those of like-minded people. Mix imports content from news sources, popular blogs, and additional world-wide resources. The more you browse and save material, the more Mix will refine its understanding of what you like. Create collections by adding information found on the site or by keeping links to web content found as you browse the Internet. Use Mix's web browser extension to save URL's to collections with just one click. When ready to share your collection, use the share icon to copy the link, send via email, or share on social media.

tag(s): bookmarks (56), evaluating sources (17), social networking (93)

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Use Mix for your personal research and professional development. Visit Mix occasionally to find new ideas and new sites for teaching. Create and share collections of websites to share with students for use with research projects. For example, as you prepare to teach a science unit on plants, create a collection containing news articles, explainer sites, and online games for students to use as a virtual resource for supplementing classroom lessons. Include documents, slide presentations, and more from your Google Drive for student access from any device. Another use of Mix is to create collections when teaching students how to evaluate online resources. Create a collection from a variety of different resources based on the same topic and ask students to reflect upon the validity of the information and the source. Ask them to use a presentation tool like Sway, reviewed here, to share their findings by including links to the information along with supporting evidence. Another idea for using Mix is for students to create collections to share as part of multimedia projects as a virtual bibliography. In addition to websites shared, ask them to add their written work, images, or other creations. Mix is an excellent tool for creating an online portfolio for students to use when applying to college. Show students how to easily create new collections using their work, but personalized to individual college applications.

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Twitter Chat: Keep Calm and Get Ready for a Successful School Year! - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from August 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Keep Calm and Get Ready for a Successful School Year!. During ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from August 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Keep Calm and Get Ready for a Successful School Year!. During this chat, participants will: 1. Share resources and ideas for a successful start to back to school, 2. Discuss instructional trends or "hot topics" for the 2019-2020 school year, and 3. Share management strategies for how to create an organized and successful start to the year.

tag(s): back to school (62), professional development (236), twitterchatarchive (89)

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Find resources, tips, and tools to get organized for the new school year! Share this archived list with colleagues just starting out or looking for new strategies, tips, and tools to try.

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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Ways for Educators to Stay "Connected" Over the Summer. During this ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2019 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Ways for Educators to Stay "Connected" Over the Summer. During this chat, participants will: 1. Discuss the importance of ongoing professional learning and development, 2. Share ways to build and maintain a PLN during the summer, and 3. Share resources for educators to stay connected all year long.

tag(s): PLN (9), professional development (236), twitter (40), twitterchatarchive (89)

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