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1/5 Seven Reasons ‘Classroom Leadership’ Is Better Than ‘Classroom Management1 – @DavidGeurin @MrSchoenbart @tomwhitby

1/5 The School Library as Change Agent – What is your library doing to change things up? @k12blueprint @techlearning @LynneOakvik

1/4 Donald Trump and K-12 Education: Five Things to Watch in 2017. Can things get any worse? @PoliticsK12 @AndrewUjifusa @educationweek.

1/4 Why Some Companies Are Trying to Hire More People on the Autism Spectrum – Share with parents of autistic kids you know. @bourreelam @TheAtlantic @beccaleech @AutAdsNAction

1/4 Eight Reasons Why You Should Hire Someone With Asperger’s Syndrome – This all makes sense to me based on my experience. Share with employers you know. @sara_mcguire @lifehackorg @anitrabutler @DrBillChen

1/3 Is the emphasis in your school on punishment and compliance or autonomy and dignity? What’s your answer? @mcleod @millielikesthis @alicekeeler

1/3 Five cloud predictions for 2017 – This is important for schools and teachers too. @JohnPEaston @IBM @johntomlinsonuk @developerWorks

1/2 The Smell Test: Educators can counter fake news with information literacy. Here’s how. Where does your school teach this? @sljournal @OohShiny_Sarah

1/2 Three ‘Simple’ Ideas Every Educator Should Work On In 2017 – All educators should review these. @PeterMDewitt @edweek @CorwinPress

1/1/2017 How Massachusetts Built a World-Class School System – Looks like Massachusetts is the closest thing in the US to Finland. What is your state doing? @CtrEdEcon @educationweek

1/1 Why Social and Emotional Skills Are Vital to Keep At-Risk Students on Track – Does your school address this? @LShallcross @MindShiftKQED @mcguirp @SchoolLeadNow

1/1 Ten CEOs to tell us their one killer interview question for new hires. It might be fun to share some of these with high school and college students. @jkaraian @qz @justintarte

1/1 Ten Great Apps to Promote Kindness in the Classroom – Have ten teachers each check one out and report back. @Jlsander07 @Getting_Smart @wsoeldner

12/31 Arkansas schools hire untrained teachers as people lose interest in the profession.

12/31 The corporate/political class thinks we have too many bad teachers when the fact is we don’t have enough. @iamDrWill @hechingerreport

12/31 The arts help kids with math, critical thinking – I hope your school isn’t cutting back on the arts. @MotherNatureNet @CopywriterCorey @Gregbagby @E_Sheninger

12/31 How To Weave Growth Mindset Into School Culture – Does your school need this or does it already have it? @Kschwart @MindShiftKQED @Gregbagby @web20classroom

12/31 Speak Up, Speak Out! The Student Voices That Stirred Higher Ed in 2016 – Let students you know that there is a January 9, 2017 application deadline. @amdulin @EdSurge

12/30 Design Thinking and PBL – These are hot topics in the literature. Are you hip to them? @brholland @JohnsHopkinsEdD @Edutopia @DavidGeurin @MindShiftKQED

12/30 Four Non-Negotiables for Schools – Does this happen uniformly at your school? @gcouros @kkidsinvt

12/30 Five Ways to Amplify the Voices of our Introverts – With discussions online students can’t hide. I’ve seen this in action. @MsVenturino @sarahdateechur

12/29 The Five Obstacles You Must Overcome As a Tech-Savvy Educator – Can you guess what they are? @Lynch39083 @AdvocateforEd

12/28 Toddlers and Touchscreens: What Does the Research Actually Say? The no screens before two sounds good to me. @MarnieKaplan @bellwethered @LarryCuban

12/28 Five Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Unmotivated Students – Who doesn’t want more motivated students? @cultofpedagogy @MrMartinRundle

12/27 Music training speeds up brain development in children. Are your kids taking music lessons? @Lynch39083 @AdvocateforEd

12/27 Ten Things that Immediately Happen when Real Leadership Shows Up – Is there real leadership in your school/organization? @BenjaminPHardy @Medium

12/26 Building a Maker and Design Culture Within Schools = Here are ways one superintendent found to be particularly impactful. It will hopefully inspire both your staff and students. @Glennr1809 @MakerEdOrg @Tastenspieler

12/24 12 Classroom Budgeting Tips for New Teachers – Veteran teachers should check this out as well. @edmodo

12/24 Why Our Coercive System of Schooling Should Topple How coercive is your school? @PsychToday @E_Sheninger

12/24 Bring Excitement Into Any Lesson. – Increase student engagement with these 10 techniques. @RewardingEdu @edutopia @MissGEnrique @lohynova

12/23 Four Ways to Help Students Drive Their Own Learning – This will help move teachers to the passenger seat. @markbarnes19

12/23 Five Ways Design and Making Can Help Science Education Come Alive – Design is an artistic endeavor that values the creative and human-centered application of math, science, and technology. @MindShiftKQED @ChristaFlores15 @CalliWelsch

12/23 Ten Ways to Flip a Kid and Turn Their Day Around – Please share your ideas like I did on this topic in the comments. Let’s get this kid flipping conversation going! @coolcatteacher @v_lees

12/22 What these teens learned about the Internet may shock you. A few more clicks can reveal potential bias of what they find. @chrisberdik @hechingerreport @jwchilders88

12/22 Why Teachers Say Practicing Mindfulness Is Transforming The Work. Teaching is inherently a stressful occupation, and by many accounts, it’s getting more so. This may help. @MindShiftKQED @anya1anya @mattscully

12/22 The four essentials of a successful Genius Hour – If you are doing genius hour or considering it, here is some good advice. @jillbad @eschoolnews

12/21 Visualizing 21st-Century Classroom Design – How does your school measure up? @mary_teaching @mraspinall

12/21 Helping Parents Support Students at the Kitchen Table – This is great advice for parents from top blogger and teacher Starr Sackstein. @mssackstein @edweekteacher @TeachFromHere

12/20 New study shows variety in teachers’ influences on kids’ futures, and how poorly we measure that. Principals should read this. @merkolodner @hechingerreport @KrisGiere @AngelaMaiers

12/20 Teaching Information Literacy Now – How is this handled at your school? @LibrarianMsG @sljournal @DrKMattson

12/20 Enhance Project-Based Learned With These Ten Powerful Tools Have ten teachers each check one out and report back. @mraspinall @bloglovin

1220 Which programming languages are most popular (and what does that even mean)? Deciding which language to learn or teach is confusing. This should help. @DavidGewirtz @ZDNet

12/18 “I Wonder” Questions: Harnessing the Power of Inquiry. Do teachers you know ask ‘I Wonder’ questions? @EdTechAmber @JenWilliamsEdu @edutopia

12/18 Making the Shift from Classroom Management to Classroom Ownership – There is sound advice here for leaders, teachers, and parents. @RACzyz @sstorm01

12/18 How AI can bring on a second Industrial Revolution This is a short [12:xx] Ted Talk by Wired guru Kevin Kelly. @kevin2kelly @wired @TEDTalks

12/17 Talking Math: 100 Questions That Help Promote Mathematical Discourse – Be sure to share with math teachers you know. @Getting_Smart @wterral @MarzanoResearch

12/17 Carol Dweck Explains The ‘False’ Growth Mindset That Worries Her. Carol Dweck has become the closest thing to an education celebrity because of her work on growth mindset. See my summary of her Mindset book here. @mindsetworks @MindShiftKQED

12/17 Eight teacher-loved edtech tools to try in 2017 – Get eight teachers to each try one and report back. @eschoolnews

12/16 It’s official, teachers must relax over Christmas to avoid burnout. Share with any teachers you know. @sloumarsh @clcsimon @AlwaysComputing

12/16 Sara Frater’s Flipped 1st Grade – You don’t need to wait until secondary school to flip your classes. @Buncee @mrssara88

12/15 Teacher Classroom Observations Are a Waste of Money, Economist Argues. Are they a waste of time at your school? @emmanuelfelton @educationweek

12/15 Could robots be marking your homework? Robots should do what they can do to free teachers up for more individual help. @seanjcoughlan @BBC @josepicardoSHS @domnorrish @donaldclark

12/15 How To Ensure Students Are Actively Engaged and Not Just Compliant – Are your students really engaged? @Kschwart @MindShiftKQED @JulieHiltz

12/15 What a School District Designed for Computational Thinking Looks Like – Does your district look anything like this? @chrisberdik @MindShiftKQED @sjgorman

12/14 Six Ways to Empower Teenage Girls’ Sexuality – Parents of young girls should read this. Is it time for female masturbation to be on the sex education curriculum? @RallyCrier @peggyorenstein @HuffPostWomen

12/14 Good News for Teachers: Exercise Builds Brain Power, Too. Do your students understand this? @BrainSMARTU @edutopia @shannonmmiller

12/11 Maybe Instead of Finland, We Should Be More Like Massachusetts? Other states should look at this. @TeachFromHere @PeterMDeWitt

12/11 Seven Creative Alternatives to Showing Movies Before the Break – What are your teachers doing before breaks? @spencerideas @21stCenEducator @c0nvey

12/10 Enliven Class Discussions With Gallery Walks – There are some good ideas here. @WordLib @edutopia

12/10 10 Strategies for Enabling Lifelong Learners in Your Classrooms – See how many you already do. @glodigcit @TeachFromHere @SJR_JimKeefe

12/10 The Seven Steps to Becoming a 21st Century School or District – How many are happening in your school? @kenkay21 @edutopia @pammoran @Braithwaite_ASD

12/10 Betsy DeVos Helped Create Michigan’s Charter Sector. Here’s How It’s Doing. This seems pretty objective. @AriannaProthero @educationweek @BenjaminBHerold @ChartersNChoice

12/9 Teaching in the machine age: How innovation can make bad teachers good and good teachers better. @ArnettTom @ChristensenInst

12/9 One-to-One Computing Drives Growth in the Education Technology Market. Has your school got a 1:1 program? @MDMeg @EdTech_K12

12/9 Embracing Failure: Building a Growth Mindset Through the Arts – What’s the status of groth mindset teaching at your school? @NMschoolforArts @edutopia @avafruin

12/9 Genius Hour Meets Design Thinking – Are either happening at your school? @MissHesslein @MrSchoenbart

12/7 A Blueprint for Successful Arts Education – Arts education has suffered from years of neglect and decline in our schools to make room for tested subjects. @LPerille @EdVestors @educationweek

12/7 Four Videos That Inspire Perseverance – Share these amazing stories with your kids. @aaron_hogan @schug_dennis

12/7 Golden Rules for Engaging Students in Learning Activities – How many happen in classrooms you know? @npinojames @edutopia @getwhatugive

12/6 Five Myths Working Against Character Education in Our Schools – What is your school doing with character education. @SELinSchools @edutopia @getwhatugive

12/6 Seven Step to Starting a Coding Club at Your School – Does your school have one? @Lynch39083 @mwniehoff @AdvocateforEd

12/4 Doing Just One Creative Task Each Day Will Make You Happier. Your talent, or lack thereof, has nothing to do with it. Priscilla FrankVerified account @badgirlpripri @HuffPostArts @JeremyDBond

12/4 Four Ways to Get Your School Future-Ready – Make sure your district is geared up for what’s next in education by collaborating to build a strong infrastructure. @megbcortez @EdTech_K12 @EdCircuit @ediazsan

12/4 Five Team Building Games That Can Teach Critical Thinking Skills – These could be done as part of an after-school program. @glodigcit

12/3 How much teacher autonomy is healthy? My guess is that with the current reforms most teachers don’t have enough. @headguruteacher @allison_fuisz @callmemrmorris @cherandpete @teachmrj @noasbobs @CoyneDcoy

12/3 What Makes a Master Teacher – Have you and teachers you know got what it takes? @gcouros @LeeAraoz

12/2 Why Trump’s Education Pick Scares Unions – This could bre a good class discussion topic. @JasonRileyWDRB @WSJ @BetsyDeVos @rweingarten @millermarinellc

12/2 These 10 Employee Skills Will Soon Be In Huge Demand – How many are dealt with at your school? @larrykim @TheMissionT @MarshaCollier

12/2 Four Things We Need to Always Remember in Education – Can you guess what they are? @gcouros @mikeroberts1973

12/2 Genius Hour – Looking Back to Move Forward – Is anyone at your school doing genius hour? @mraspinall @MsCrawford101

12/1/16 How Internship Program Can Help Students in Career Building? Getting the right kind of internship(s) can make a big difference. @e_rajasthan @kdeep39

12/1 How to Make Sure You Don’t Raise a “Mean Girl” Twelve years after the release of that cult classic, a child psychologist says teen girls are exhibiting crueler behavior than ever before. @gracie_je @springstus @james_minter @micheleborba

11/30 Three Ways That Projects are Better Than Tests. Can you guess what they are? @JasperFoxSR @JasperFoxSR

11/30 Teaching With Technology or Traditionally? The Key is to Balance the Way Out. What’s happening in your classroom? @14priyankagupta @etr_in @MissGEnrique

11/30 Technology and Graduation Rate: A Direct Correlation – Educational technology is needed for a variety of reasons. It provides an alternative method of learning for those who struggle to learn using traditional methods. @Lynch39083 @MarkFraver @edvocatepd

11/30 When Finnish Teachers Work in America’s Public Schools – There are more restrictions to professional freedom in the United States, and the educators find the school day overly rigid. @timdwalk @TheAtlantic @Larryferlazzo

11/29 Here’s what you need to know about Betsy DeVos, likely Education Secretary – The big rub for teacher unions is her support for charter schools and vouchers. What do your students think? @ESN_LAURA @eschoolnews

11/29 The 10 skills you need to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution – How many are included in your school’s curriculum? @wef @SimonCocking @simonlporter

11/29 How to avoid group think and achieve the wisdom of the crowd – Is your school achieving group genius? @prismdecision

11/28 How do you spot a ‘coasting’ teacher and how can you support them? Every school probably has some. Here is some help. @TeacherToolkit @joevans @MistaB10

11/28 Eight Things to Look For in Today’s Classroom – How many does your classroom feature? @gcouros @TweetinChar

11/28 Five Ways Teachers Can Impact School Culture – Don’t let your school just happen without your efforts. @SteeleThoughts @schug_dennis @ToddWhitaker

11/28 The Push to Diversify Gifted-and-Talented Programs – You can do this by saving seats for poor kids. Should you? @cveiga @jeff_shoemaker @JonathanPlucker @nagcgifted @donnayford @drjlmooreIII

11/26 Five Practices Successful Schools Have in Common – How many are happening in your school? @epatnoudes @daveandcori @EdTech_K12 @NoApp4Pedagogy

11/26 Five Innovative Ways To Create Positive Classroom Culture – These tips come from a middle school teacher but should work in high school. @GibsonEdu @edutopia @jon_wennstrom

11/24 How eLearning Gamification Can Help You Enhance Problem Solving Skills – Gamification involves traditional eLearning elements and engaging game mechanics, such as badges and leaderboards. @cpappas @elearnindustry @TweetinChar @eLearngraphic

12/24 Six Ways To Use Mistake-Driven Learning – Here is how to use mistake-driven learning by building mistakes purposefully into your courses and leverage them for teaching. @vidyakumar @elearnindustry

11/24 Five Innovative Ways To Create Positive Classroom Culture – This is an importnt concept. How is the clture in classrooms you know? @GibsonEdu @edutopia @jon_wennstrom

11/23 South Korea’s Testing FixationMost teachers emphasize that if we fail the Suneung test, the rest of our lives would be failure. People pushing testing here should read this. @anna_m_diamond @TheAtlantic @pasi_sahlberg

11/23 Competency-based education can better inform parents, students, and teachers. Competency-based systems create a more transparent, complete, and accurate, picture of student achievement. @CarriSchneider @nacol

11/23 Ten Easy Ways to Energize Your Classroom Tomorrow: Your Students Will Love It and So Will You. You probably already so some of this but perhaps not all. @CathyNDavidson @HASTAC

11/22 Are outdated computers reverting students to a prehistoric era? What’s the situation at your school? @eschoolnews

11/22 Eight Flipped Classroom Benefits For Students And Teachers – Flipping the classroom is a win-win situation for both students and teachers. @LiviaMihai @elearnindustry @Begabungs @MissGEnrique

11/22 Ten Things That Happen When Students Engage in Design Thinking – How much design thinking is going on at your school? @spencerideas @gcouros @LeonardoEffect

11/22 Trading in Traditional Notebooks for Multimedia Blogs – This sounds like a good idea to me. @Catlin_Tucker @alysoncarp1

11/20 Why pushing creativity out of classrooms will stop children succeeding in the 21st century – How creative are classrooms you know? @guardian @RobinEwing @MJasonHouck

11/20 Growth Mindset: Clearing up Some Common Confusions It leads people to take on challenges, persevere in the face of setbacks, and become more effective learners. @ebriceno8 @MindShiftKQED @fastcranny @JeffHiserBL

11/19 The Common Core State Standards allow for teaching digital literacy, but they don’t make a big push for it. Who wants to be common? @LianaHeitin @educationweek

11/19 Building A Tinkering Mindset In Young Students Through Making – What are your kids making. @MindShiftKQED @rechargeedu

11/17 Lets face it, keeping children sedentary for most of their waking hours is causing harm. Does your kid wear a pedometer? They probably should. @valeriestrauss @jarowell @sierraclub @washingtonpost

11/17 What do Students Lose by Being Perfect? Valuable Failure! Is failure built into your kid’s life? @HKorbey @MindShiftKQED @jwchilders88

11/16 Here’s how homeschooling is changing in America. Recent reforms and their negative impact have caused an increase. @Lynch39083 @edvocatepd @MarkFraver

11/16 Strategies to Help Struggling Writers – Are your students writing well and enjoying it? @RusulAlrubail @edutopia

11/16 No, Finland isn’t ditching traditional school subjects. Here’s what’s really happening. @pasi_sahlberg @valeriestrauss @washingtonpost

11/15 Building bridges: How to share research about children and youth with policymakers – Do what you can to influence policy makers you know. @ChildTrends @juandoming @FrancescPedroED

11/15 Five Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Unmotivated Students – This should help any teacher. @cultofpedagogy @ShiftParadigm

11/15 Students who do nothing but study may struggle to get a job. Share with students you know. @ConversationUS @ConversationUK @jimamay @mentoringminds

11/15 College and career plans hatch in kindergarten – Superintendent deploys projects and technology so students graduate with long-term goals. @klacey11 @DA_magazine @Zalaznick @DefinedSTEM

11/14 Battling Status Quo in Schools – This is an important post. What does your school do? @bethhill2829 @mr_aylen

11/14 Cognitive bias cheat sheet – I suggest that you scan the stuff in bold and read the summary points at the end first. This should work for middle school and up. @buster @PostFilm

11/14 Five Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students – Do teachers you know ask these questions. @WordLib @edutopia @tamaslorincz @aaron_hogan

11/12 Gamifying Our STEM Lab. Leveling Up With Challenges, Digital Badges, Display Pages & More! Check out the crowdsourced Gamification padlet at the end of this post too! @LeeAraoz @KarlyMoura

11/12 Teaching Shakespeare With 21st-Century Technology – I know he is a dead white male but his work is so cool. Share with English teachers you know. @BenjaminBHerold @educationweek

11/12 Growth Mindset: Five Questions to help determine if your school (classroom or district) is aligned with a growth mindset – How does your school measure up? @Bcudly

11/11 The Role of Metacognition in Learning and Achievement – How much of this goes on in your school? @MayaBialik @MindShiftKQED @bashaierk @Mohhsa1

11/11 The Terra Foundation Does Some Cool Things to Support Education. I attended their November 10 conference in Syracuse and had a great time and two meals for $50. @TerraSci

11/10 The 1 Common Mistake That Will Tank Your Presentation – Stories can be powerful. Consider starting with one. @larrykim @Inc

11/10 How Adding Math to a Child’s Home Routine Can Advance Achievement – How much math do you have at home? @Ericnpr @NPR @MindShiftKQED @Begabungs

11/10 Our research shows that when students work on projects, they learn more. I think so too. Do you? @eschoolnews @kerryspeziale @byronmccook @KMLetwinsky

11/9 Five Steps to Implementing Game-Based Learning in the Classroom [+ Game Examples & Downloadable Guide] – Games are powerful learning tools. What’s happening in your school? @JustAGuido @ProdigyGame @Tastenspieler @ShellTerrell

11/9 21 Simple Ways to Integrate Social-Emotional Learning Throughout the Day – This is good advice for all teachers. @weareteachers @eliza990011 @EDUcre8ive @KMarkPet

11/7 Find your own Finland. The US may not be Finland, but we can learn from the Finns. @MichaelFullan1 @ShakeUpLearning

11/7 Pupils perform better after breakfast clubs whether or not they eat anything. What is the breakfast program at your school? @adibloom_tes @tes @Classcharts

11/7 Seven Characteristics of Great Professional Development – Does your professional development measure up? @dperkinsed @TeachThoughtPD

11/7 Teachers Stop Marking It’s time to remove the pain and look at reasons why teachers should work towards an almost marking-free life. @EduWells

11/6 10 Ways to Rethink Your Project Based Learning Directions #HackingPBL Ross Cooper is someone you need to follow. @RossCoops31

11/6 What Happens When We Shield Kids from Boredom? When we offer kids endless entertainment and activities, do we end up stifling their imaginations? @tbelton1 @MindfulOnline @pomdr @surreallyno

11/6 Six Powerful Strategies For Deeper Learning In Your Classroom – How many do you use? @teachthought @mimg1225 @birtchd

11/4 How To Raise Brilliant Children, According To Science – This is a book that parents should consider. @anya1anya @MindShiftKQED @maureencici

11/4 Seven Traits of Effective Teachers – Can you guess what they are? @TeacherToolkit @AllAboutTHEPACT

11/4 Ten Essential Characteristics of a 21st Century Educator – Time to guess again. @gcouros @focus2achieve @DavidGeurin

11/4 How A Happy School Can Help Students Succeed – How happy is your school? Some of this works better in smaller schools. @lilkat_bigworld @NPR_Ed @MedillSchool @AllAboutTHEPACT @SchoolLeadNow

11/2 Why A School’s Master Schedule Is A Powerful Enabler of Change There are some good ideas here once you get past the introduction. @Kschwart @MindShiftKQED @ShakeUpLearning

11/2 The 2016 Honor Roll: EdTech’s Must-Read K-12 IT Blogs – I use most of these people to populate my Net Nuggets effort. @DFrank @KerryHawk02 @EdTech_K12

11/2 How Arts Education Teaches Kids to Learn From Failure – Everyone starts with bad work and fails to get better. Try to apply this to other disciplines. Be sure to watch the short [5:25] video. @MindShiftKQED @edutopia @ArtDesign_pro

11/1/16 Genius Hour Tips From Mr. C – If you haven’t tried this yet you should. Be sure to watch the short video. @cherandpete @ICTmagic

11/1 What Happens When We Fire All The Bad Teachers? This is an excellent opinion piece. Give to any policy maker you know. @TammysTeachings @EdCircuit

10/31 Growing number of elementary schools now homework-free. What’s happening in your school district? @MrsYoung2nd @CBSNews @csratliff

10/31 Shoot, I Did It Again: Three More Ways to Implement Video in Professional Learning – How are you using video with your students? @MrGeller @edthena @EdSurge

10/31 Why Don’t We Differentiate Professional Development? Should every teacher have their own PD Plan? @PaulineZd @edutopia @tedfujimoto

10/30 Go Formative – See what every student in your class is doing at the same time. @goformative

10/30 Why Growth Mindset Isn’t Working in Schools…Yet – Yet only 50% of teachers surveyed said they have adequate solutions and strategies to shift mindset. @rupa_c_g @EdSurge @flipboard @dougpete

10/30 Pitfalls to Avoid for Effective Group Work – All teachers should check this out. @edmentum @maestradelarte @educasic

10/30 Eight Essential Questions for Planning Personal Learning Experiences – More and more, however, we are beginning to realize the value and provide opportunities for students to learn at their own pace and have personal pathways in their learning journey. @E_Sheninger @KatieMTLC

10/27 Designing With Teens:Five approaches you can use to unpack tough topics with teenagers – @mbredouw

10/27 How Minecraft unlocks creativity and collaboration in classrooms – Microsoft’s smash sandbox is expanding to more schools, and teachers claim real benefits. @ahaywa @sjgorman @macworld

10/27 High schools create career connections. Districts team up with local industry to supply skills students need to succeed in the workforce. What is your district doing? @cristcarolyn @DA_magazine @Zalaznick @Eduporium

10/27 Removing Boundaries Between Subjects – This is a trend world-wide. What are you doing? @cherietanjy @Medium @shamsensei

10/25 5 Amazing Ways Productive People Master Their Time – How many do you do? @larrykim @TheMissionT @Medium

10/24 Technology does not equal innovation, but using technology is often crucial to innovation. Having it and using it well can be two different things. @gcouros

10/24 Surviving Group Projects – Here is advice for teachers and parents. @carlameyrink @theteachingexp @Mr_B_Teacher

10/24 5-Minute Film Festival: 7 Video Writing Prompts for Young Authors – How many teachers in your school do video projects? @VideoAmy @englishteach8 @edutopia

10/24 STEM Inspired vacations – There is no reason that you can’t work some STEM into your kids’ next vacation. @Makebestcrafts @karen_dawkins

10/23 What Do You Do When a Kid Says “I Hate Reading? These are also good tips for kids who don’t hate reading. @WeAreTeachers @Dista11

10/13 A Parent’s Guide to Playing Minecraft With Your Kids – If you haven’t tried Minecraft yet you probably should. @BethSkw @lifehacker @itsmeSpiri @MGrundel

10/23 Mastery Learning: Saying goodbye to traditional grading – A mastery and standards-based style of grading has changed not only my end result, but my overall pedagogy in unexpected ways. @knowledgeworks @EdPersonalized @MarysvilleECHS

10/22 Three Ways to Foster Healthy Reading Habits in Young Children – How many to parents in your school do? @ksantanabanks @HelloParentCo @pragmaticmom @MCChildsBookDay

10/22 Gamifying Your Class to Meet the Needs of All Learners. Is any of this happening in your school? @JMcCarthyEdS @edutopia @Jscognam

10/21 Ring Their Bells: A New Way to Deliver Bell Work – Start class with bell work that engages working memory and sets the tone for positive, productive learning. @AZHSPRIN @edutopia

10/21 How to Spark Curiosity in Children Through Embracing Uncertainty – Many teachers are adverse to dealing with uncertainty. @LindaFlanagan2 @MindShiftKQED @focus2achieve @lizdavis2

10/20 Teachers as Writers: You Can’t Teach Swimming from the Side of the Pool. What are your writing teachers writing? @ruswalsh @DianeRavitch @lapham_katie

10/20 20 Tips to Help De-escalate Interactions With Anxious or Defiant Students – Share this with any teachers you know. @Kschwart @MindShiftKQED @tee62

10/20 Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign – Any redisign going on at your school? @TopDogTeaching @edutopia @benjamingilpin

10/19 Finding the Education in Educational Technology with Early Learners – Adult guidance for children using computers is associated with increases in abstract reasoning, planning behavior, visual-motor coordination, and visual memory. @DrLDMcManis @NAEYC

10/19 The Science of Effective Learning Spaces – A neuroscientist explains how factors such as light and seating arrangements can affect students’ cognitive performance. @neuromelina @edutopia

10/18 Do you need fresh ideas for PBL? We’ve got some for you. PBL is a hot topic but not super easy to plan for. Here is some help. @ESN_LAURA @eschoolnews

10/18 Teaching Growth Mindset with 10 Growth Mindset Statements via Silvia Duckworth – This is something all techers should address. @sylviaduckworth @coolcatteacher

10/17 An Educational Debate: 10 Progressive vs. Traditional Teaching Ideas – What’s happening in your school? @mraspinall

10/17 Is it important to you for your students to LIKE you? What do you and your students think? @edgeblogger @manders416

10/17 Beyond the Genius Bar: Cultivating Leadership With a Student-Led Tech Team. Is your school tapping student expertise for tech support? @llbusch @EdSurge

10/17 Schools are finally teaching what kids need to be successful in life. Is your school doing this? @jandersonQZ @qz @MsAmberChandler @SEL4MA

10/14 13 Common Sayings to Avoid – How many have you used in the past? @edutopia @Ruthie2U

10/14 Three Ways to a More Equitable Classroom – This is not just for teachers who teach in schools where equity is a tangible priority. @callmemrmorris @ellication

10/14 How One Weird Finding Changed My Perspective on Grades. Students who showed the most growth were those who received comments alone without grades. @hhschiaravalli @dylanwiliam @Ericlowe21

10/13 Seven tips for choosing professional development programs – Does your school do any of this? @ESN_LAURA @eschoolnews

10/13 WHAT IF… Home ‘work’ Looked Like This? Do your kids do this when they get home? @cherandpete @jodiforeman @SteeleThoughts @burgess_shelley @rickwormeli2 @jlonneville

10/13 Why We Should Not Lead with Fear in Education – Any fear in your school? @cgouros

10/12 Design Thinking and the Deskless Classroom – Increasing student engagement by taking the leap into a deskless classroom requires an introduction to design thinking and administration support. @evans306 @edutopia

10/12 Growth Mindset: Clearing up Some Common Confusions. This is a hot topic. If you aren’t up to speed this will help. @ebriceno8 @MindShiftKQED @sjctex @JeffHiserBL

10/12 One-to-One Computing Drives Growth in the Education Technology Market. It seems like it’s just a matter of time until every student has a device. What’s your school doing? @MDMeg @EdTech_K12

10/12 Ten Creative Ways to Use Interactive White Boards in the Classroom – How many do your already do? @clsngr

10/11 Three Instructional Routines to Enhance Engagement @MurphysMusings5 @jamessturtevant

10/11 Four Facts You Should Know About Gameifying K-12 Classrooms – Can you guess what they are? @tweenteacher @Lynch39083

10/11 Six Steps to Media Creation in the Classroom – Many think this is a key skill students should leave school with. @Mr_Sondgeroth @DailyGenius @sjgorman @BookCreatorApp

10/9 Seven Steps to Becoming a Data-Driven School – I’m not sure I want to work in a data-driven school. Please see my comment. @edutopia @NMschoolforArts @thinkm2

10/9 Why We Need Empathy in the Classroom – How much empathy exists in classrooms you know? @glodigcit @TheHomeworkDog @ZeinaChalich

10/8 Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign – What do the classrooms in your school look like? @TopDogTeaching @edutopia

10/8 Nine Ways to Upgrade Professional Learning in Your District – How many are happening where you work or where your kids go to school? @thomascmurray @dolanreads

10/8 Seven tips for helping students develop emotional intelligence – Any teacher can use this advice. @isteconnects @JenniferSMMXVI @dalston411

10/7 Shouldn’t All Students Be Able to Participate in Gifted Programs? A principal picks up on an article I did for Education Week on this subject. Here is the link to my original post. Note that there were also negative comments. @POsroff @DrDougGreen @mssackstein @educationweek

10/7 If You’re Not Outside Your Comfort Zone, You Won’t Learn Anything. How uncomfortable do you get? @andymolinsky @HarvardBiz @SujataBhatt

10/7 I made my classroom look like the real-world—and test scores soared. How real is your classroom? @eschoolnews

10/6 Assessment Matters: Constructing Model State Systems to Replace Testing Overkill. This report describes how states can overhaul their assessment systems under the Innovative Assessment pilot program in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). @FairTestOffice

10/6 New Teachers: Technology-Integration Basics – Some not so new teacher should probably read this too. @edutopia @ShellTerrell

10/6 Why I Threw Away My Rubrics – One professor stopped using hers when she was judged by one. @bullshit_ist @morgetron

10/5 American Schools are Training Kids for a World That Doesn’t Exist. @daveswords @WIRED @tedfujimoto

10/5 Three Ways to Be Less Boring – There is good advice here. Do your teachers do this? @eckertjon @edutopia @cdsmeaton

10/5 Does the classroom of the future look more like a coffee shop? @SuzanneTobias @kansasdotcom @eschoolnews

10/5 Ten Simple Ways to Promote Staff Collaboration in your School – How many are happening at your school? @EoinLenihan @bashaierk

10/2 Test Takers Continue to Face Challenges When Using Some Technology. There are issues that people pushing these test didn’t expect. @megbcortez @EdTech_K12

10/2 Genius Hour And Design Thinking Sketchnote Resources – If you are thinking of trying genius hour here are some ideas you can use. @ICTEvangelist @grahamandre

10/2 Bill That Would Make Revenge Porn Federal Crime To Be Introduced. This makes sense to me. @TracyClarkFlory @vocativ

10/2 Pedal power boosts North Carolina pupils’ performance – Try this with your ADHD kids. @BBCNewsUS @justintarte @nckhui

10/1 Apple Teacher Program: Self-Paced Learning and Badges – This could change the way your school does professional development. @ClassTechTips @bradmcurrie

10/1 Why Teachers Make Some of the Best Entrepreneurs – It helps that they didn’t do it for the money. @RobynDShulman @HuffingtonPost @JMcCarthyEdS @gailabbitt

10/1 How ‘Deprogramming’ Kids From How to ‘Do School’ Could Improve Learning. Tell students to show you they’d learned the material, no matter how long it takes. @Kschwart @MindShiftKQED @thinkm2

9/30 Is it getting hot in here? If so, you’re less likely to pass a high-stakes test. How hot is it when you give high-stakes tests? @sarahdarv @ChalkbeatNY

9/30 What Do Teachers Need to Truly Challenge Every Kid in the Classroom? Do some kids in your class ready for the next grade? @anya1anya @MindShiftKQED @LavoieFred @uoitmed

9/30 The future of: “Sit down, Shut up, and Memorize This.” What motivates students is mastery, autonomy, and purpose. Is this happening in your school? Be sure to watch the TED Talk by Dan Pink linked here. @DonWettrick @alicekeeler @sjgorman

9/30 Research Finds The Effects Of Homework On Elementary School Students. This supports what I have seen from other sources. @mariaonzain @lifehackorg @FindTeacherJobs

9/29 Teaching Calculus, the Beautiful Language of Change. There are lots of fine resources here for math teachers and students. @MITOCW @jarowell

9/29Ten Motivational Posters for Your Classroom – I bet most teachers can use one or more of these. @daniellesigmon @edutopia @DavidGeurin

9/28 SAT Results 2016: It’s Complicated – Comparing old and new is confounded by a large increase in test takers. @cgewertz @educationweek

9/28 Seven Reasons Why You Should Adopt eLearning For Your Kids – How much eLearning are your kids doing? @elearnindustry @thinkm2

9/28 The Overselling of Ed Tech – Alfie Kohn sees a middle road between no tech and too much tech. @alfiekohn @bonniebird @betavt

9/27 Eight Things the World Must Understand About Gifted Children – I’ve worked with many highly gifted children and this makes sense to me. @CeliCeliC @melstrum333

9/27 Why do teachers implement personalized learning? Because it is the right thing to do. @knowledgeworks @DrBody4Life

9/27 What does a flipped classroom look like at each grade level? I’m a big fan of flipping, but it will look different depending on age and subject. @chemicalsams @JustinAglio @flippedlearning @eschoolnews

9/26 Three More Critical Questions For the Innovative Educator – Anytime you are trying to innovate you need to ask these questions. @mcleod @conprin

9/26 The Eight Basic Steps Of Project-Based Learning To Get You Started – Consider printing and posting this graphic. @dperkinsed @TeachThoughtPD @thomascmurray @web20classroom

9/26 In Absence of Qualified Teacher, Maine High School Turns to Software Program. With teacher shortages we may see more of this. @madeline_will @EdWeekTeacher

9/26 Why VR matters, especially in rural and poor schools – All children benefit from new experiences which expand their mental map of the world, but the need is especially acute for children from low-income families. @jencarolan @nick_chater

9/25 Crafting Professional Development for Maker Educators – Professional development for maker educators should introduce the materials and methods involved so that the teachers understand what students can learn from making. @gravescolleen @TeachFromHere @edutopia

9/25 Three Small Steps Toward Creating a Flexible Classroom – How flexible is your classroom? @MsAmberChandler @getting_smart @DavidFifeVP

9/24 Why Can’t Teachers Cross State Lines? Why can’t congress fix this? Our current teacher shortage begs for action. @educationweek

9/23 Cameras in Special Ed. Classrooms a Complex Issue. – A texas law requires cameras to be installed in self-contained special education classrooms at parent or teacher request. Is this a good idea? @OnSpecEd @BreggsR @educationweek

9/23 How One Weird Finding Changed My Perspective on Grades. Students who showed the most growth were those who received comments alone, not grades. @hhschiaravalli @Medium

9/23 Why and How Should Educators Embrace Media Literacy in Classroom – What is the role of media literacy in your classroom? @14priyankagupta @etr_in

9/22 Update on Michigan’s Third-Grade Retention Bill – This is yet another insane piece of legislation from the corporate/political class. If you live there try to stop it. @nckrieger @fixthemitten @colonelb

9/22 Ten Things That Happen When Kids Embrace Design Thinking. Giving students control over the content seems to be key. @spencerideas @jackiegerstein

9/22 Despite warnings, College Board redesigned SAT in way that may hurt neediest students. Looks like one more example of the rich getting richer thanks to the test makers. @Renee_Dudley @Reuters @OfficialSAT

9/22 Crafting Professional Development for Maker Educators – This should introduce the materials and methods involved so that the teachers understand what students can learn from making. @gravescolleen @ryan_library @edutopia @TeachFromHere

9/21 Future Proof Your Students by Embracing the Arts – This is some important from my point of view. @eduWells @EdTechFam

9/21 Our misguided effort to close the achievement gap is creating a new inequality: The ‘play’ gap. What’s happening at your school and in your home? @valeriestrauss @thinkm2 @BadassTeachersA

9/20 Learning Strokes – This starts out with a funny golf joke which Mark Weston deftly applies to teaching and learning. You won’t forget it. @ShiftParadigm

9/20 Microsoft Weaponizes Minecraft in the War Over Classrooms – using Minecraft to vie for kids’ brain space and schools’ dollars. Many educators already use Minecraft. What is your school doing? @jeremyhsu @ToscaKilloran @Medium @kjarrett

9/20 These high schools let your kid can get a head start on college for free. Kids take real college courses rather than AP courses. @nypost

9/20 Why making, coding, and online learning are the real trends to watch. – Future learners will engage with robots, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and wearable tech that could explode into classrooms in as little as four to five years. @STEPHENOONOO @eschoolnews @dougpete

9/18 Ten Quick Tricks to Spot When Someone Is Lying – All parents and teachers should read this. @LollyDaskal @Inc

9/18 Homework is wrecking our kids. The research is clear, let’s ban elementary homework. What is your school district doing? @HeatherShumaker @Salon @Romdhanifaten @Hubert_edu @davecormier

9/18 Long Island School District Doubles Recess Time For K-5, Should Other Districts Follow? What is your district doing? So far 93% agree. Take the poll. @rpb @SachemPatch @MikeHynes5

9/18 Four Ways Teachers Change Their Students’ Lives – I believe there are way fewer bad teachers than the corporate/political class does. @KaraMasterson @teachercast @DawnStansbury1

9/17 Nine Good Sources of Digital Textbook to Use in Your Teaching – These are websites that provide access to a wide range of free and premium e-Textbooks and educational resources. @medkh9

9/17 Applying Mindfulness to Mundane Classroom Tasks – This is definitely worth a try. @edutopia @shantignr8tion @Romdhanifaten

9/16 A Fun Way to Help Special Needs Students Feel Valued By School Community – What is your school doing about this? @Kschwart @MindShiftKQED

9/16 Analysis Projects Growing National Shortfall of Teachers. This is scary as stupid reforms are chasing young people away from the profession. @madeline_will @EdWeekTeacher @educationweek

9/15 Why Punishment Won’t Stop a Bully. Alfie Kohn doesn’t think that punishment makes a school safer. What your you/your students think? @alfiekohn @educationweek

9/15 Don’t Leave Learning Up to Chance: Framing and Reflection – It’s crucial that teachers not only focus on the materials and tools of a maker activity but also carefully frame it and reflect upon it to make sure learning happens. @Kschwart @MindShiftKQED @wsoeldner

9/15 Hey teachers, please stop using behavior charts. Here’s why. Are teachers are your school still using them? @WendyRussell @NewsHour @PamShaw23

9/15 Use Subtle Cues to Encourage Better Meetings – All leaders should read this. @HarvardBiz @BruceWellman

9/13 Steve Jobs Talks About The Courage To Remove Outdated Tech In Oddly Prescient Video – If you think ditching the headphone jack is a bad idea you need to listen to this. @D8News

9/13 Why helmets don’t prevent concussions — and what might. David Camarillo shows what really happens during a concussion and why standard sports helmets don’t prevent it. [15:56] @TEDxStanford

9/12 15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher – How many to do/your teachers have? @TechTeacherCent @edutopia @FeketeEDU

9/12 Why We Should Stop Grading Students on a Curve – Is this going on at your school? @AdamMGrant @NYTopinion @tucksoon

9/12 Sal Khan: Let’s teach for mastery — not test scores – This short [10:50] TED Talk is something all schools should consider. @BeingSalmanKhan @TEDTalks

9/11 What Teachers and Parents Should Know About ADHD & ASD – This is a good short summary even for parents and teachers who think they know what they are. @DrTim360 @edutopia @agoodschool

9/11 Three Surprisingly Simple Ways to Bring Relevance to Every Lesson @markbarnes19

9/9 The Hidden Elements of Teaching: Why Body Language Matters – Research from Austrian education scientists indicates that body language is a pivotal component in how teachers reach students. @nicolegrmn915 @education_world

9/9 Five Ways to Create More Teacher Rockstars in Your School – How many rock stars does your school have? @kylepace @KerryHawk02 @EdSurge

9/8 Six Mental Adjustments to Help You Work Less and Accomplish More – I have done all of these and they work! @NateMatherson

9/5 Computing the value of coding ahead of its introduction to B.C. curriculum – Other states, provinces, countries, and schools should follow what happens here. @tracysherlock @VancouverSun @ECiardelli @ScottMcKenzie27

9/5 ‘Your son will learn to problem-solve in your absence’: school sign telling parents to keep their distance goes viral. Should your school have this sign? @Eleanor_Busby Reporter at Times Educational Supplement (@tes)

9/5 How can anyone take standardized test scores seriously when stuff like this happens? One more nail in the coffin I hope. @valeriestrauss @washingtonpost

9/5 One-to-One Computing Drives Growth in the Education Technology Market. I’ve visited a number of schools where every student had a laptop and saw some pretty cool things happening. @MDMeg @EdTech_K12

9/4 Last I Checked, Compliance Isn’t a Learning Standard. How many practices have we, as teachers, utilized out of habit without evaluating their effectiveness? @PeterMDeWitt @educationweek @JaneBozarth @TeacherJenCarey

9/4 Ten Reasons Every Teacher Needs A Professional Learning Network – How many teachers in your school have one? @TeachThought @KRScienceLady @Lead4KidsDrS

9/3 Five Ways to Ensure Real Learning Happens in Maker-Enhanced Projects – If you are doing projects see if you are hitting these points. @Kschwart @MindShiftKQED @MindShiftKQED

9/3 What Doesn’t Work: Literacy Practices We Should Abandon – How many are happening in your school? @nellkduke @edutopia

9/2 Do We Give Students Too Much Choice? Is there a lack of consideration for the potential negative effects increased choice may have on learning. @bryguy350 @educationweek

9/1 Fixing America’s Broken School Calendar – Experts weigh in. What kind of calendar would you and your kids put together? @hayleyglatter @Emily_DeRuy @aliaemily @theatlantic

9/1 Teaching isn’t rocket science, it’s way more complex. This is my latest and one of my best. Hope you like and share. @DrDougGreen @tesusa @davidjmarley

9/1 How ‘twisted’ early childhood education has become — from a child development expert. Education policies that do not reflect what we know about how young children learn have been mandated and followed. @valeriestrauss @julia_lesley @tedfujimoto

9/1 How Trauma-Informed Teaching Builds A Sense of Safety And Care – Don’t make things worse for these kids by removing them from class or suspending them. @Kschwart @MindShiftKQED @irasocol @mom2mikey

8/31 How Tests Are Failing Our Schools – The newly elected president of the state’s teachers union wants to abolish our reliance on standardized test scores. So do I. @zakjason @bostonmagazine @bmadeloni @DMace8 @mrobmsu

8/31 Libraries of the future are going to change in some unexpected ways. What plans does your school have for its library? @chriswweller @businessinsider @AndyLittlefield @joycevalenza @sai

8/31 A Recovering Perfectionist’s Journey To Give Up Grades. Top source for this blog Starr Sackstein goes from grade grubbing to grade-free. @mssackstein @TEDxYouthDay

8/31 Teachers Are Confident About Using Technology, Now More Than Ever. Survey shows enthusiasm for the future of educational technology, but room to grow when it comes to broader, more innovative implementations. @megbcortez @EdTech_K12 @educationweek

8/30 Seven Mantras to Start the School Year – You might want to post one or more on the wall. There are some good books here as well. @ajjuliani

8/30 3rd Grade Parents v. Floride Department of Education – Here is your chance to help fight FLorda’s crazy automatic retention law. @DMace8 @OOPinellas @DianeRavitch @gofundme

8/30 Four charts reveal what Americans think about the biggest education fights, including school closures and opt out – What do you and your students think? @AGZimmerman @ChalkbeatNY @AnneLOBrien1 @alexanderrusso

8/29 10 Easy Ways To Create an Amazing #SchoolCulture as a Principal This Year – How many does your principal do? @gcouros @Medium

8/29 This simple, but surprising, thing will improve your kid’s grades. Texting information to parents seems to help. @CateyHill @MarketWatch @jedipadmaster

8/28 Seven things I wish people understood about being a teacher – All teachers should enjoy this. @voxdotcom @flippedlearning

8/28 Don’t Sniff the Glue: How to De-Standardize School With Dawn Casey-Rowe. If you feel handcuffed by standardization this might help. @runningdmc @markbarnes19 @hackmylearning @runningdmc

8/27 40% of US High Schools Don’t Offer Physics. These schools should offer online courses for things they can’t offer. The teachers’ unions might oppose. @LianaHeitin @educationweek

8/27 Study suggests positive link between video games and academic performance. Students who played online games scored above average in maths, science and reading tests, although study does not prove games were the cause. @SamuelGibbs @guardian @thinkm2

8/27 Student-Leaders Sharing Success – One teacher has student prepare and run parent/teacher meetings. @Mr_B_Teacher

8/26 Seven Characteristics of Great Professional Development – How many does the PD at your school feature? @dperkinsed @TeachThought @TeachThoughtPD

8/26 In Defense of Play – The “elaborate detour” of having fun pays cognitive dividends. What does your school/parents do? @AlisonGopnik @TheAtlantic @VealHeidi @NAISnetwork

8/26 Local Parents Calling for Recess in Florida – The measure passed nearly unanimously in the Florida House of Representatives. But one Senator blocked it, refusing to allow it to be heard in the Senate. @JaxMomsBlog @DMace8 @156Teacher @DuvalSchools

8/26 It’s a Project-Based World. Let’s Prepare Students for It. How many projects happen in your school? @belathram @tvanderark @getting_smart @califone @edtechanthony

8/25 Balancing Three Factors When Making a Decision – Is this how you make decisions. It’s only 4:15 minutes long. @eduleadership

8/25 32 Research-Based Instructional Strategies – How many do your teachers use? @TeachThought @sconlineteacher @DaisyDyerDuerr

8/25 Teaching kids to struggle #GrowthMindset – This is a fun activity that can help. @ClassCreatorAU @mrs_hembree @KRScienceLady

8/24 Resources for Getting Started With Project-Based Learning – Just getting started with project-based learning (PBL)? This curated list of resources for educators new to PBL should help. @betamiller @edutopia @SNewco

8/24 Office employees should be on feet for four hours of working day. How about students? Should they stand more? @Haroon_Siddique @guardian @oceofoundation @sanofi

8/24 The Gift of Failure: Interview with Author Jessica Lahey – Consider getting her book Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go, So Their Children Can Succeed. @jesslahey @YourTeenMag

8/23 Find Your Flipped Learning Workflow – Here is what you need to know about making your own videos. Don’t forget you can also use other people’s video. @JoelBSperanza @NorainiPadillah

8/23 The State of Virtual Reality in Education – This technology has promise, but we are just getting started. @reportertanya @Techbradwaid @centerdigitaled

8/22 Are Out Schools Fostering Life-Long Teacher Learners? Modeling learning is an important role for teachers. @MrSchoenbart

8/22 WHAT IF… Home ‘work’ Looked Like This? I see many posts that claim homework for elementary students is worthless. I like this idea. @cherandpete

8/22 School Leaders: Six Strategies for Retaining New Teachers – What is your school doing? @artofcoaching1 @edutopia

8/21 What Are the Best Strategies For Surface to Deep Learning? If deep learning is what you want, you should read this. @PeterMDeWitt @TonySinanis @VisibleLearning @john_hattie

8/21 Seven Important Questions Before Implementing Digital Portfolios – Also get George Couros’ fine book summarized here. @gcouros

8/19 What Teachers Can Gain When Students Design the Lessons – Do students have any input or choice at your school? @chrisemdin @MindShiftKQED @itsmeSpiri

8/19 Why Don’t More School Libraries Help Students Through Extended Hours? What does your school do? @MarvaAHinton @educationweek @TimeAndLearning

8/18 Interview Questions for 1:1 School Leaders – As more schools move to 1:1 programs, here are some questions you need to face. @EduroLearning @iamDrWill

8/18 How feeling respected transforms a student’s relationship to school – Start with respects and relationships and take it from there. @sarahdsparks @NewsHour @ryanrismiller @Dr_MCarlson

8/18 What If High School Were More Like Kindergarten? This sounds good to me. @AshleyLambS @TheAtlantic @kjarrett

8/18 24 Things Special Education Teachers Want You To Know – All non-special education teachers should read this. @ScaryMommy @dougpete @flipboard

8/17 How to Run a Thriving School in a Tough Neighborhood – Principal Nadia Lopez takes a personal approach with her middle-school students. @AlexandraWolfe @TheLopezEffect @WSJ

8/17 Pinkcast 1.7: How to decide whether to say yes or no. Check out 1:25 of wisdom from Daniel Pink and consider subscribing. Also, see my summary of his book Drive on motivation. @DanielPink

8/17 Seven Important Questions Before Implementing Digital Portfolios – This is an important trend. Are you ready for it? Also see below for the summary of George Couros’ book. @gcouros

8/17 Teen boys are having some problems thanks to porn. Many see themselves as under-equipped, and after watching extreme porn, vanilla sex isn’t arousing. If I had a young son I would share this. @TheSun @nypost

8/15 Three Things I Wish Educators Knew About their Own Learning Check to see if you know them. @langwitches @curriculumblog

8/15 What Might Education in the Future Look Like? What do you and your students think it should look like. @SamBrinson @ugafrank @gcouros

8/15 Adultism in Schools – How many decisions in your school are made for the convenience and benefit of the adults? @SoundOutorg @Sisyphus38

8/15 Does Your PD Have These 5 Essential Qualities? Can you guess what they are? @InnovativeEdu @nick_chater

8/14 Why Teachers Should Act Like Rookies Not Experts – The important this is to model learning. This looks like a good book. @tim_jumpclarke @EduWells

8/14 Advice from a young TED speaker: Start a TED-Ed Club at your school. Does your school have one? @adorasv @adnanedtech @ShellTerrell

8/14 Walking in a Student’s Shoes Last spring was the first Shadow a Student Challenge. Learn more and consider trying this yourself. @crojasphd @educationweek @NewsHour

8/14 The brainy questions on Finland’s only high-stakes standardized test – Also see my summary of Pasi Sahlberg’s book. @pasi_sahlberg @K12Boost

8/13 These 18 practices are proven effective for teaching reading. How many do teachers in your school use? @HeinemannPub @sandeeteach @PaulEnderle

8/13 Five Challenges to Your Best School Year Ever – Even veteran teachers should consider these ideas. @DavidGeurin @DrLatham_K @gcouros

8/12 How to Learn All Your Students’ Names the First Day of School (Without Requiring a Brain Transplant) I should have done this what I taught. @WeAreTeachers @mzteachuh

8/12 America desperately needs to redefine ‘college and career ready.’ Well-intentioned national K-12 education goals are jeopardizing the futures of millions of kids. @dintersmith @DrTonyWagner @iamDrWill @CESNational

8/12 Ten Ways to Ditch That Reading Log – Anything you do that makes reading seem like work will likely discourage reading for fun. @TheHomeworkDog @ncte

8/12 12 Reasons To Hire Employees Who Make Mistakes – Far from being undesirable, employee mistakes are the lifeblood of excellence. @Sales_Source @INC @Vic_Maine

8/11 Fourteen Things a Teacher Should Never do on the First Day of School – How many do you do? @markbarnes19 @readwriterant @schug_dennis

8/11 Distracted From School or Learning? Do you know the difference between school and learning? @gcouros @AnnetteBreaux

8/10 20 Tips to Help De-escalate Interactions With Anxious or Defiant Students – All teachers should read this before school starts. @Kschwart @MindShiftKQED @KevinMEnglish @Borto74

8/8 Homeschooling to Flee Common Core – It seems that common core and lack of school choice have driven up the homeschooling numbers. @shanevanderhart @TruthinAmEd @TeriGRight

8/8 Why Don’t We Differentiate Professional Development? Is it differentiated in your school? @PaulineZd @edutopia @reachfund @KickUpEd

8/8 No More Lectures. Try back to school stations instead. Kids should be moving, thinking, collaborating, and changing activities rather than sit and listen. @mamawolfeto2 @EducatorsRoom @manders416

8/6 Open Educational Resources (OER): Resource Roundup – Explore this educator’s guide to open educational resources for information about online repositories, curriculum-sharing websites, sources for lesson plans and activities, and open alternatives to textbooks. @edutopia @EducationCoach

8/6 Seven Ways To Present Course Objectives In An Engaging Way – What teacher doesn’t want to be more engaging? @JanhaviPadture @Classcharts @elearnindustry

8/5 What’s Keeping Women Out of Science, Math Careers? Calculus and Confidence – Any ideas about what we can do to change this? @LianaHeitin @JZubrzycki @educationweek

8/5 Students With a Bigger Purpose Stay Motivated. Purpose for learning teaches students to learn with the goal of making a broader, positive impact on the world. @DigitalPromise @ShiftParadigm @KatieMTLC

8/4 What Boston’s Preschools Get Right – How does this compare to your preschool? @lrmongeau @TheAtlantic @tee62

8/4 Seven Reasons Teachers Should Stop Grading Students Forever – This is definitely a trend. Any chance this can happen in your school? @markbarnes19 @readwriterant @sstorm01

8/4 These students are fixing school Chromebooks — and getting paid. Who is fixing the computers in your school? When I was a computer director in the 1980’s, I paid kids to fix Apple II’s. @BriannaCalix @eschoolnews @Gregbagby @openeastlake @keri_randolph

8/4 Florida Parents Turn to GoFundMe To Fight 3rd Grade Retention Law. This law is so crazy. Consider helping them out. @sarahctully @educationweek

8/3 Four Ways to Nap at Your Desk – Scroll to the botton for this short [3:41] funny video. – More organizations are realizing the value of letting employees nap. What’s happening where you work. @rzgreenfield @business

8/3 A Back-to-School Checklist for Educators – Note that relationships come first. @Vroom6 @johnccarver @chris_rogne

8/3 New Law: Alaska to Allow Parents to Opt Kids Out of Common Core Testing. Let’s hope this catches on in other states. Contact your state law makers. @TenthAmendment @janinesopp

8/3 Mesquite ISD implements new teacher incentive program The first phase requires teachers to complete coursework in differentiated instruction, formative assessment, working with students from poverty and preparing students for a global society. @starlocalmedia @NKeithBlend @lindseymstevens

8/2 What can parents and children do to tackle cyberbullies? What are parents and educators you know doing? @jesskellynt @NewstalkFM @14priyankagupta @StopWebBullying

8/2 10 Reasons to Try Genius Hour This School Year – Has your school tried this yet? @ajjuliani @mraspinall

8/1 Design Tips for Presenters – Students, teachers, and administrators should all check this out. @ClaudioZavalaJr @Jonharper70bd

8/1 Top 3 Tips To Get Rid Of ‘I-am-bad-at-Math’ Syndrome – For many, being bad at math is just a crappy attitude. What’s yours? @LRLabs @magicalmaths @gaw101

8/1 Student Choice Leads to Student Voice – How much choice do students have in your school? @jhblock @edutopia @mraspinall

7/31 5-Minute Film Festival: Freedom to Fail Forward – Here are seven short videos that will help you and your students embrace failure. @VideoAmy @edutopia @Ben_Duggan

7/31 Get Your Students Developing Their Writing Skills With Google Story Builder. Stories are powerful when it comes to learning. @focus2achieve @MikeReading @sharethis

7/30 The Behavior Battle: High- and Low-Tech Solutions – There is good behavior advice here. @edutopia @edtechjam

7/30 Learning Is Not A Ladder, It Is A McDonald’s Play Place. How much play goes on in your school? @kara_welty @ToddWhitaker

7/30 Inspiring the Next Generation of Makers – What are students making in your school? @kcator @Makerspaces_com @InfyFoundation @DigitalPromise

7/28 Ten Tips For Launching An Inquiry-Based Classroom – How many are happening in classrooms you know? @Kschwart @MindShiftKQED @EDUcre8ive @TeachingChannel

7/28 Ten Surprising Funding Strategies for Your School – This can help if you are looking for support for a new local initiative. @SchoolLeadNow @USCTeacher

7/28 Ten Websites That Teachers Love Right Now! Have ten teachers each check out one and report back. @RACzyz @keith_guarino @kystetech @trevorabryan @DonnaADonner

7/28 Nine Ideas for Combatting Boredom in School (and Why Being Bored May Not Be All Bad). These look like good ideas to me. @belathram @Getting_Smart @ziegeran

7/27 10 questions every teacher should ask themselves – Share with all the teachers you know and work with. @justintarte @pernilleripp

7/27 The Right Way to Bribe Your Kids to Read – It’s important they read in the summer, but extrinsic rewards are problematic. @KJDellAntonia @nytimes @somethewiser @ReadBrightly

7/27 Platforms Have Transformed the Economy. Is Education Next? Let’s hope so. @tvanderark @getting_smart @wsoeldner

7/27 A Growth Mindset Could Buffer Kids From Negative Academic Effects of Poverty. This makes sense to me. Also see my summary of Carol Dweck’s Mindset book. @Kschwart @MindShiftKQED @wsoeldner

7/26 Learning Technology Trends To Watch For In 2016 – Is your school ready? @Traineasy @kesbutters

7/26 The Common Core Costs Billions and Hurts Students – Share with policy makers you know. @dianeravitch @nytimes @jonathanpelto @Linda1746

7/26 Outdoor Play Helps Keep Kids’ Vision in Focus The benefits of kids playing outside include exercise, exposure to vitamin D, the development of thinking, motor, and social skills, and stress reduction. Did you ever think it could improve your kids’ vision? @Nemours @KidsHealth @AIDHC

7/23 Migrant Students Pose Daunting Challenge. As principal 25% of my students were refugees. You can make it work. @waltxyz @educationweek

7/23 Teachers: don’t run away from discussing porn. What’s happening in your school regarding this topic. Please leave a comment if you can. @tes @DrDougGreen

7/22 Hot desks: Stockholm’s school without classrooms – Is this this future for schools in the US? @kurstyg @Vittra_NextUp

7/22 Visionize a preferred future. – If you aren’t reaching your goals, try Sean Brady’s Backwards-from-perfect approach. Also, be sure to get his book. @prismdecision

7/22 11 Inspiring TED Talks for Modern Educators – Hook up your computer to your TV and binge watch them all. @worldpeacemovie @Sugatam @dalepd @kelleybros @gever @NaviRadjou @jackandraka @wkamkwamba @loganlaplante @leecrockett

7/21 A 4-Part System for Getting to Know Your Students – If building solid relationships with your students is arguably the most important thing you can do to be an effective teacher, you should have a plan. @cultofpedagogy @jessievaz12 @msemilymaclean

7/21 As Pokémon Go Becomes a Sensation, Ed. Experts Weigh Pros and Cons. Educators should at know what this phenomenon is all about. @BenjaminBHerold @educationweek

7/20 11 Habits of an Effective Teacher – How many to you/your teachers have? @Cs_Teaching_C @edutopia @principalspage

7/20 Why Students Should Take the Lead in Parent-Teacher Conferences – This makes so much sense to me. @MindShiftKQED @tedfujimoto

7/20 Columbia and Barnard are the latest schools to drop SAT and ACT requirements. I like this trend as GPAs are better indicators of success in college. @USATODAYcollege @iamDrWill @elissamalespina

7/19 Gates’ Common Core mea culpa and the school reform divide – From my point of view Gates need to do more mea culpas. @rickhess99 @informed_edu @Medium

7/18 12 Sure Signs You Are Doing Better Than You Think – This explains why I’m doing so well as I do all of them. How about you? @LollyDaskal @Medium

7/18 Why Kids Should Use Their Fingers in Math Class – Evidence from brain science suggests that far from being “babyish,” the technique is essential for mathematical achievement. Also see my summary of Jo Boaler’s Mathematical Mindset. @joboaler @halleycl25 @TheAtlantic @jesslahey

7/17 Should Colleges Really Eliminate the College Lecture? I would replace them with multiple TED Talks. @grossloh @theatlantic

7/16 Four Ways to Protect Vulnerable Students Under ESSA – Here are some details of the new federal law that could harm poor kids. @ALICEJCAIN @educationweek

7/16 Is College Readiness the Same as Career Readiness? Career readiness deserves a lot more attention than it has received. @RothmanR @jal_mehta @educationweek @getwhatugive

7/16 Four secrets to building rapport with students – Relationships are the most important thing and this advice will help. @Angela_Watson @KleinErin @coolcatteacher

7/16 Four pieces of feedback that teachers should collect from their students – How many teachers is your school focus on feedback from students? @richard_bruford @jetpack @kylemschwartz @tsjones49t

7/15 Teacher as Researcher: The Ultimate Professional Development Teacher researchers pause each morning as they walk into their classrooms and ask, “What will my students teach me today?” @dorothysuskind @edutopia @IOEDU

7/14 One Key to Reducing School Suspension: A Little Respect. Maybe your school should try this. @SarahDSparks @educationweek

7/14 The Danger of Escalation, From Traffic Stops to Classrooms – I’ve seen some teachers take a bad situation and make it worse. Does that happen in your school? @esanzi @edu_post @juscohen

7/13 Myth Debunking: My Top Early Career Teaching Myths – Be sure to share with new teachers and student who want to be teachers. @mssackstein @cultofpedagogy @educationweek

7/13 Get Rid of Grade Levels: A Personalized Learning Recipe for Public School Districts – There is a lot of good advice here for school leaders. @travislape @EdSurge @Carmen_Restrepo

7/13 Why Discipline Should Be Aligned With A School’s Learning Philosophy – If you want fewer suspensions, read this. @Kschwart @MindShiftKQED @englishteach8

7/12 8 Tips for Creating More Effective Tweets from Twitter – Share with Twitter users you know. @adhutchinson @socialmedia2day

7/12 Using Minecraft in Education: 30 ideas for using Minecraft in the classroom – Is anyone using it in your school? @clcsimon @sharethis @mraspinall

7/12 My secret weapon for getting into college – This is a touching story about how a school counsellor made a difference. @KIPP @nypost

7/11 Getting Started With Game-Based Language Learning – This offers great advice for all teachers. @DaveDodgson @edutopia @Romdhanifaten @ELTSandbox

7/11 10 Proven Habits of Happy People – How many do you and your students have? @lollyDaskal @INC

7/10 Do No Harm: Flexible and Smart Grading Practices – If you have to give grades, consider this approach. @betamiller @edutopia @teachintechgal

7/10 Engage elementary students with stop animation! – This can involve science, math, language arts, and social studies. @TechMadHatter @isteconnects

7/8 How to Teach Online (Without Selling Your Soul) – When you teach online, it’s easy to spend all your time working. @SimpliTeach

7/8 14 things you should never do on the first day of school How many do you do? Also see Six Ways to Make Students Love You on the First Day of School. @markbarnes19 @DrHarrisonMcCoy @8Amber8

7/7 Five Skills That Online Teachers Are Constantly Developing – Online teaching improves your existing skills and helps you develop new ones whether you realize it or not. @SimpliTeach @elearnindustry

7/6 When Kids Have Structure for Thinking, Better Learning Emerges. Teaching for understanding has always been a challenge, and Harvard’s Project Zero is taking it on. @Kschwart @MindShiftKQED @WeAreTeachers

7/6 Want To Keep More Kids In School? Design A Smarter Classroom. How smart are the classrooms in your school? @good @efcgwu @remstacenter

7/5 14 Things Gifted Students Want Teachers to Know – I think most students feel this way. @PeterMDeWitt @educationweek @sandeeteach

7/5 Becoming Innovative: 15 New Ideas Every Teacher Should Try – How many are happening in your school? @TeachThought

7/5 Debunking the Belief That Earlier Is Better. – Pressure to push kids harder earlier has gotten out of hand. @raepica1 @educationnation @GetUpStandUp2 @palan57

7/5 Let ‘Em Out! The Many Benefits of Outdoor Play In Kindergarten – How much play time do kindergarten kids get in your school. @HKorbey @MikeHynes5 @willrich45

7/4 We are all home schooled. Day after day, year after year, it’s the interactions we have at home that have the biggest impact on who we become. @thisissethsblog

7/4 Podcast Are the New Professional Development. If you are not engaging in on-going professional development, you are missing the boat. @mandymtaylor @GSchultek @cultofpedagogy

7/4 ‘Why is the material in a standardized test treated as more confidential than …. Hillary Clinton’s emails?’ My sympathies to Texas teachers in students. You don’t deserve this. @JennRums @valeriestrauss @MikeHynes5

7/3 Rising Graduation Rate Skepticism – It’s easy to raise graduation rates without raising student learning. What is your school doing? @waltxyz @educationweek

7/3 Growth vs Fixed Mindset Explained – This short animation [1:15] explains the difference in a very effective manner. Share with teachers and students of all ages. Also see my summary of Mindset by Carol Dweck. @cincottapeter @ViSalus

7/3 5 Things Teachers Want from PD, and How Coaching and Collaboration Can Deliver Them—If Implementation Improves. @Karen_Seattle @EdSurge @teachintechgal @LeeAnnaStirling

7/3 Edtech’s Top 20 Opportunities – Tech-savvy teachers have lots of opportunities. I know I did. @LearnLaunch @Lynch39083

7/2 19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies – Rookies and vets should check this out. @finleyt @edutopia @MetDetChartCntr

7/2 Teacher Burnout May Be Linked to Students’ Stress. This makes sense. Try to avoid getting stressed when you deal with stressed students. @madeline_will @educationweek

7/2 Reminder: Education Is Not a Damn Marketplace. Also see my post on this topic, Failing at the business of school. @ESQPolitics @Esquire @Linda1746 @nancyflanagan

7/1 Q&A With Paul Tough: Environment Matters for Student Success. Also see my summary of his recent book Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why. @paultough @educationweek

7/1 How to Spark Curiosity in Children Through Embracing Uncertainty – Is this happening in classrooms you know? @LindaFlanagan2 @MindShiftKQED @Ximena1071 @EdTechFam

6/30 Creating blended learning content – This helps teachers personalize learning. @Jisc @lynettelall1 @scotthibberson @alistairm @MarkFraver

6/30 Will homework disappear in the age of blended learning? At the least homework should be personalized and connected to student projects. @cliffcmaxwell @ChristensenInst @MarkFraver @Miles_Hendo

6/29 Five Summer Resolutions for School Year Success – Share with parents you know. @MindprintLearn

6/29 Get Rid of Grade Levels: A Personalized Learning Recipe for Public School Districts. This would be a big change, but it makes sense. @travislape @EdSurge @teachintechgal @mousermed

6/29 Why Don’t Schools Accelerate More Students? Many schools do a good job of slowing down the fast learners. @PeterMDeWitt @educationweek

6/28 Top 10 Tips for 1st Year Teachers – Can you guess what some of them are? @EoinLenihan

6/28 Is Estonia the New Finland? With a focus on equity, Estonia has joined the ranks of the global education elite. What can we learn from them? @sarahbutro @TheAtlantic @ValmontGod

6/28STEM vs. STEAM – Looks like art makes you smart. Is your school’s focus on STEM or STEAM? @bashaierk @livebetterlifes @sharethis

6/28 Tools for Differentiating Instruction Through Social Media – I see differentiating as the best way to improve instruction and technology can help. @S_Lackner @edutopia

6/26 Six Must-Haves for Developing a Maker Mindset – These are things and practically all schools need more of. @craftEDcm @edsurge @teachintechgal @InSyncJennifer

6/26 ‘Big data’ was supposed to fix education. It didn’t. It’s time for ‘small data. All school leaders need to read this. @pasi_sahlberg @JonathanHasak @valeriestrauss @washingtonpost

6/26 What Are Your Canaries? We all need early warning systems. As principal mine were teachers brave enough to tell me something need to be changed. @drneilgupta @BAMRadioNetwork @Jonharper70bd

6/25 The Characteristics Of A Good School – Coming up with your own list would be a good faculty meeting activity. This a long list. @terryheick @TeachThought @ToscaKilloran

6/25 Beyond the Bubble Test: Why We Need Performance Assessments – Innovative schools are doing this. What’s happening in your school? Also check out Linda Darling-Hammond’s TED Talk. @Lynch39083 @educationweek @TEDxStanford

6/25 Why High Schools Are Getting Rid of Valedictorians – This is idea is so over. What is your school doing? Why not just get rid of grades? @DavidGeurin @ChrisWejr

6/25 How Much Does It Cost to Raise a Child? Some cost a lot more than others. This might be a good open-ended math problem. @lamthuyvo @WSJ

6/24 Rewards of early childhood investment – This short [4:39] interview with Nobel economist Jim Heckman is worth your time. @heckmanequation @MESandbu @ftvideo

6/24 The Kahn Academy is Seeking Talent. They are seeking brilliant explainers whose videos help students succeed in school and find joy in learning. @rmbyrne

6/24 Homework Doesn’t Work. Now What? Give this some thought and then see what this author thinks. @focus2achieve @BAMRadioNetwork @focus2achieve

6/23 Why Handwriting Is Still Essential in the Keyboard Age – Do children in a keyboard world need to learn old-fashioned handwriting? @nytimeswell @morphwithus @jordosh

6/23 If We Want Real Education Reform Trust Young Teachers. From where I sit there is way too much micromanagement from the top. @EoinLenihan @JamesAlanOLOO

6/22 This is What it Takes to Become a Google Certified Trainer – This looks like a good resume builder. @ShakeUpLearning @dovhochbaum

6/22 Six Reasons to Take Your Kids to a Pick Your Own Farm – When is the last time you did this? @_Penelope @mommalewsblog

6/21 Targeted Reading Intervention Programs Using #EdTech – Teachers and leaders alike should check this out. @elearnindustry @MHigleyTICoach

6/21 Virtual Reality – Hope or Hype? Are teachers in your school checking this out? You can get cardboard VR goggles cheap. @CarriSchneider @getting_smart @tvanderark

6/20 Summer Is Prime Time for PBL Remodeling. What are your teachers working on this summer? @suzieboss @edutopia

6/20 ​Preparing Schools for Ransomware—the Next Big Threat to Education – Is your school ready? Share with our IT staff. @JonMLevine @Intermedia_net @EdSurge

6/19 Ten Ways To Motivate Students – This is written from an ESL perspective, but should work for all students. @busyteacher_org @HildaStevens20 @EdusenseNote

6/19 14 Tech Tools to Enhance Project-Based Learning – This is a very rich resource. @EmilyLiebtag @getting_smart @ziegeran

6/19 Why schools should provide one laptop per child – I’ve visited several schools with 1:1 programs, and they are exciting. @binbinzheng6 @markwarschauer @SFGate @craigyen @jeffherb

6/18 For Students, Why the Question is More Important Than the Answer. Questioning students are more active and probably learning more. @Kschwart @MindShiftKQED @curriculumblog @WeAreTeachers

6/18 This Crayon Recycling Program Is Enhancing Art Programs In Schools. The Crayon Collection recycles crayons left behind at restaurants and distributes them to public schools. @CrayonCollectio @HuffingtonPost

6/17 ‘Only if we end this observation culture will enough young teachers have the confidence to make mistakes. Are teachers free to make mistakes at your school? @tes @totaltutor @iPodLiteracy

6/17 Who Inspired You to Become an Educator? Share your story for a chance to win $2,000. @peopleadmn

6/17 Ten Reasons Every Teacher Needs A Professional Learning Network What condition is your PLN in? @TeachThought @tysonkimberly

6/17 Five Tips for Teaching the Tough Kids – Every teacher has some. Share with rookie and vets having trouble. @mrworkfcps @edutopia @ShellTerrell @SGRhoEducator

6/16 Hacking Leadership: 10 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Learning That Teachers, Students, and Parents Love. This looks like a winner. I plan to get it. @Joesanfelippofc @TonySinanis

6/16 What skills do employers value most in graduates? Employers cited specific skills, including innovation, leadership, networking and design skills, as important factors in their recruitment decisions. Grades seem to be less important. @ConversationUS @rburnett8 @tedfujimoto

6/16 Want to Teach in Hawaii? They’re Hiring — and Probably Recruiting in a City Near You. Current reforms have made teaching unattractive, but for those who still want to, there should be plenty of jobs. @MareesaNicosia @SchoolLeadNow @The74 @HIDOE808

6/16 The Media Still Doesn’t Grasp Problems with Bill Gates Control of Ed Policy. Be sure to see my comment and raise your voice. Bill Gates is the problem. So is Jeb Bush. @EmmettMcGroarty @TruthinAmEd @TruthinAmEd @Linda1746 @PaAgainstCC

6/15 The Secrets of Great Teamwork – This article from the Harvard Business Review looks good for all leaders. @BruceWellman @HarvardBiz

6/15 Librarians and media specialists are bridging the gap between instruction and technology.

6/14 This Ed-reform Trend Is Supposed To Motivate Students; Instead, It Shames Them. I hope your school doesn’t have a data wall. @twogoodpages @CubanLarry @LarryCuban

6/14 Ten Growth Mindset Statements – Consider putting this on your classroom wall. @sylviaduckworth @coolcatteacher @SNewc

6/12 10 ways to get the most out of PD and education conferences – Which ones do you already do? @JMattMiller @tes @wikispaces

6/12 How To Weave Growth Mindset Into School Culture – Who is teaching growth mindsets at your school? @Kschwart @MindShiftKQED @jdprickett @lisegaluga @bourmu @joseehebert

6/12 Evaluating Project-Based Learning – Projects are important, but grading is tricky. @cinehead @edutopia @SNewco

6/12 Tough Tech Choices: Laptops, Tablets, Chromebooks, BYOD? If your school isn’t a 1:1 school yet, you need to read this. @jmao121 @THE_Journal @JamesRoy @BookCreatorApp

6/11 Strategies for Helping Students Motivate Themselves – Don’t you wish motivation came in a bottle? Also see my summary of Dan Pink’s book on motivation. @Larryferlazzo @edutopia @DanielPink @adnanedtech @ShellTerrell @coi_lazier

6/11 Failing at the business of school – The corporate/political class is failing schools by expecting them to be more like businesses. @DrDougGreen @tes

6/11 12 Productivity Tools for Tech-Savvy Teachers – Have teachers who use these tools report to the rest in your school. @markbarnes19 @readwriterant @SNewco

6/10 Why Meditation Is Great for Entrepreneurs, According to Science How being consumed by the present moment leads to flow and peak performance. @M_tthewJones @Inc @LaRaeQuy @M_tthewJones

6/10 Ten Things That Happen When Kids Engage in Design Thinking – If you don’t know what design thinking is, you should. Be sure to watch this short [0:57] animation. @spencerideas @mitchcenter @AngelynCheatham

6/10 Nine Elephants in the Classroom That Should “Unsettle” Us – Some of this can be fixed a bit while some can’t. @willrich45 @HuffPostEdu @ElisaBostwick @BClarksonTX

6/9 The Global Race for Online Learning: How Does America Compare? What’s your guess? @Lynch39083 @AdvocateforEd

6/9 Eight Things to Look For in Today’s Classroom – How many show up in classrooms you know? @gcouros

6/9 Why Grit Can’t Be Taught Like Math. While you are here consider picking up a copy of How Children Succeed: What Works and Why. @paultough @EdSurge

6/8 Summer Days + a Bedtime Routine Checklist Printable – Now that school’s out for summer, parents need to check this out. @_Penelope @liveluvtx @_Penelope

6/8 Standing Desks Get Students to Move their Feet and Brains. Sitting is the new smoking, declare a thousand news articles. What is your school doing? I’m standing as I write this. @jacib @EdTech_K12 @AnnMeerman

6/8 What’s At Risk When Schools Focus Too Much on Student Data? Is your school making these mistakes? @anya1anya @MindShiftKQED @Pen63

6/7 What type of teacher are you? You may have qualities from multiple categories. @sloumarsh @GuardianTeach @Larryferlazzo

6/7 A Recovering Perfectionist’s Journey To Give Up Grades by Starr Sackstein. Grades stunt learning rather than enhance it. Do your teachers wield grades like weapons? @mssackstein @TEDxYouthDay

6/7 16 Schools Where Students Opted Out of Tests Got Penalized by State. Let the punishment begin. Who thinks that punishing schools is a good idea? @the_zim @DNAinfo

6/5 Five-Minute Film Festival: Future Ready Leadership – Share these nine short videos with leaders and people who teach leadership. @VideoAmy @edutopia

6/5 How to Make Content Worth Talking About – Anyone who wants their work to get more attention should read this. @dbiweb @lisabriercliffe @JuntaeDeLane

6/5 Can Reading Logs Ruin Reading for Kids? Rather than creating a new generation of pleasure-readers, forcing kids to keep track of their reading time can turn it into a chore. @DrEricaR @TheAtlantic @mssackstein @SteveFigurelli

6/5 What Doesn’t Work: Literacy Practices We Should Abandon – How many are teachers you know still using? @nellkduke @edutopia @agoodschool

6/4 FedED Threatens Opt Out Movement: New Dog, Same Old Tricks. Keep on fighting this nonsense everyone. @HuffPostEdu @JohnKingatED

6/4 Florida School Officials Lose Their Damned Minds. If you thought state testing and its consequences were stupid before, this is really crazy. @palan57 @HuffPostEdu @DMace8 @MississippiBAT @sarasotaschools & @Manateeschools

6/4 Polk Teacher’s Resignation Letter Hits a Nerve – Why would anyone want to teach in our current system? @RobinSussingham @wusf @JulieHiltz

6/3 Principal finds out letting Fetty Wap film in school was a bad idea. It’s tempting to have a rap star film a video at your school, but think again. @AP @nypost

6/3 Breaking Through Impasse – There is some simple and effective advice here. Also consider Sean’s book on decision making. @prismdecision

6/3 Five Keys to Success for Beginning Flippers – Gaining in popularity, flipped classrooms can be achieved without a lot of resources. @geiendorsed @coolcatteacher @edshelf

6/2 Five Positive Hallway Conversations – Share this with rookie teachers and veterins. @aaron_hogan @finleyjd

6/2 Are you smarter than Bill Gates? He relies on scientists to cure diseases but takes his own advice when it comes to his disproportional impact on education reform.

6/2 How to Raise a Creative Child. Step One: Back Off – Share with parents you know. @AdamMGrant @Wharton @NYTopinion

6/1 Three ways to revamp lessons for the interactive learner – How many to teachers in your school use? @eschoolnews @JamesRoy @PatriceHoudayer

6/1 12 Presentation Hooks Used By the Best TED Presenters – Teachers and anyone doing public speaking should check this out. Share with students taking speech. @nchibana @po_st @JamesRoy @LousieAgnes

6/1 Is ‘grit’ overrated in explaining student success? Harvard researchers have a new theory. I listened to Angela Duckworth’s new book Grit. Loved it. @jselingo @washingtonpost @alfiekohn

5/31 How can teachers start feeling better today at work and outside of the classroom? Start being selfish. If you don’t take care of yourself you will be no good for others. @CoachEichenlaub @tes

5/31 Please don’t learn to code. Here is a contrary view to the popular idea that we should teach coding to all students. Also see my Ed Week article on this subject. @Thisiscoolright @techcrunch @Tastenspieler @ShellTerrell

5/31 Seven Reasons Why Emotional Intelligence Is One Of The Fastest-Growing Job Skills – Is there any focus on emotional intelligence at your school? @theeiguy @FastCompany @ToddWhitaker @Ev_Giannopoulos

5/30 The Top 15 Books for Teachers by Brian Sztabnik – You can find summaries of Mindset, Drive, Creating Innovators, and Quiet under the book summaries tab here. @TalksWTeachers @diane_larsen @codejulie

5/30 What Do “Future Ready” Students Look Like? Can you and your students guess @suzieboss @kidworldcitizen @edutopia

5/30 55 Biggest Career Mistakes of Your Life – How many have you made so far? @YouTern @jessicafaurote @coolcatteacher @MarkSBabbitt

5/30 The Problem With Math Problems: We’re Solving Them Wrong. Share this with math teachers you know. @jesslahey @nytimes @MDoublestein

5/29 Our stories are the ladders that make it easier for us to touch the stars. Donovan Livingston from his speach at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard. @DLive87 @LWestLivingston

5/29 American schools are teaching our kids how to code all wrong. Also see my Ed Week article on why we shouldn’t teache coding to all. @idit @qz

5/27 The Best Free Online Rubric Makers – These look like good resources to me. @Landofabe @Edudemic @SNewco

5/27 In Charter School Era, Montessori Model Flourishes. If you want to start a charter school, use this model. @SarahDSparks @educationweek

5/26 Five Foolproof Professional Development Tips for the Educational Offseason – Have you done your summer professionl development plan yet? @bobby__dodd @ConnellySue

5/24 The Sugar Industry Is Hopping Mad Over New FDA Nutrition Labels. I like knowing how much added sugar is in the food I buy. This could be a good conversation topic. @Jesse_Hirsch @GOOD

5/23 Learning to Disrupt: Six Courses that Must be Required for Every Pre-Service Teacher – How many are taught where your new teachers come from? @irasocol @SpeedChange @Medium

5/22 AEI Study Finds Slight Negative Tilt in Media Coverage of Charter Schools. Use this to teach your kids about media bias. @EWEdMedia @educationweek @EWEdMedia

5/22 Teaching Empathy Through Design Thinking – This looks like it is worth a try. @RusulAlrubail @edutopia @ZeinaChalich

5/22 4 Fascinating Trends in Education Technology – Can you guess what they are? @EmergingEdTech @LiveTiles

5/22 What a Decade of Education Research Tells Us About Technology in the Hands of Underserved Students. There is great actionable advice here. @MollyBullock @EdSurge @Edtechnerd @mallyjohnsen

5/21 Five Myths Working Against Character Education in Our Schools – Schools should review this and then review their character education program. @mytowntutors @edutopia @SELinSchools

5/21 So You Want to Drive Instruction With Digital Badges? Start With the Teachers. Badges seem to go with digital learning. @tgrierhisd @EdSurge
5/20 15 New Ideas Every Teacher Should Try – How many are happening at your school. @teachthought @JenWilliamsEdu @ThingLink

5/20 Kindergartner suspended for bringing princess bubble gun to school. This is crazy. What would your school do? Should policy always replace judgement? @ElaheIzadi @washingtonpost, @Larryferlazzo @PostSchools

5/19 Report: Games and Online Video Gain Traction in Education – What are your teachers doing? @THEJournalDave @THE_Journal @SNewco @AmazonEdu

5/19 I was a grade grubber, but now I favor trends that downplay grades. Are teachers at your school picking up on this trend? @jayopsis @washingtonpost @mssackstein

5/17 Solving Education’s $1.5 Billion Problem – It’s the cost of remedial education at colleges. See my comment and my Ed Week Teacher article on the subject. @DeborahHowardd @Getting_Smart @mssackstein @edworkspartners @knowledgeworks

5/17 Recognizing and Overcoming False Growth Mindset Has “Great effort” become the consolation prize for children who weren’t learning in your school? Also see my summary of Carol Dweck’s Mindset. @edutopia @rachelmarker

5/16 25 Things Successful Teachers Do Differently – How many do teachers you know do? @TeachThought

5/16 Standing Desks Get Students to Move their Feet and Brains. This is an idea whose time has come. I’m standing as I type this. @jacib @EdTech_K12 @DrJDavisBowman @DavidGeurin

5/16 Four Practices for Increasing Student Engagement – How many are happening in your school. @thenerdyteacher @edutopia @MarkFraver @campussuitecms

5/15 The problem with teaching ‘grit’ to poor kids? They already have it. Here’s what they really need. I’m currently listening to Angela Duckworth’s book Grit and I hightly recommend it. @valeriestrauss @washingtonpost @tsmattea @DanaGoldstein

5/15 Not Ready for College? Flunk Gym. This is my latest post for Education Week. Please read, comment, and share. @DrDougGreen @EdWeekTeacher @mssackstein

5/15 Obama’s Transgender Letter to Schools – Here is the text of the actual letter. While many news outlets are reporting this story, most do not provide this link. @Selimalgar @nypost

5/15 Feds’ push for trans rights in US schools is simply insane. This is the opinion from the conservative New York Post. This could be an interesting discussion topic for students. @nypost

5/14 What’s the best way to teach languages? Share with foreign language teachers you know. @Martin1Williams @guardian @jkdncn @americantesol

5/13 Judge call

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  1. Thanks so much for the link, Doug! Really appreciate you linking to my site! I love what you’re doing here. I like the idea of keeping a running list of stuff you find through the summer. I’ll have to consider stealing that in a future site update. ;-)

    Cheers,
    Travis

  2. Thanks for the mention. I did want to say that the video was courtesy of @MikeMcQueen. I was just tweeting out an interesting like.

    I’m enjoying the new clean look of your site, Doug. Thanks for sharing.

    – @newfirewithin

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