Everyone loves a good list. Though I had been on Twitter for a few years, I didn’t become a regular at “Tweeting” until this past year. It was a New Year’s resolution to do so, and I did a pretty good job of sticking with it. One of the things I had to get the hang of has to do with favoriting things. I have over 1200 favorites on my Twitter feed, and I don’t know why I favorite half of them. Upon reflection, I have actually been able to put my Tweets into three categories
- “Thank You” Favorites – For those times when I clicked on that star as an acknowledgement of a comment or a mention.
- “Great Point” Favorites – Given when someone made a great comment or point.
- “Purposeful” Favorites – Given when I came across a Tweet that contained an awesome quote, picture, or link. Something I would want to save for later.
That being said, I would like to share five of my favorites for this year. To see all of my favorites, follow me @JaimeStacy.
#5 – Quote by Rick Dufour. While I feel it is absolutely essential for educators to believe that all students can learn, I believe it is important for teachers to build and sustain a toolbox they can draw from to work with students who aren’t learning. https://twitter.com/edunators/status/306820940120088576/photo/1
"Don't tell me you believe all students can learn. Tell me what you do when they don't." Rick DuFour
#4 – A Quote by Sir Ken Robinson "If you sit kids down doing low grade clerical work, don't be surprised if they fidget a bit."
If you haven’t seen his “Schools Kill Creativity” TED Talk, you need to. I still see too many worksheets being used where a different activity could be substituted.
#3 – A great representation of the theory of innovation for educators. I especially like the part about the “wood”.
#2 – From Edweek – Tips for giving feedback. http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/coaching_teachers/2014/03/tips_for_giving_feedback.html
These came out near the end of the school year, right at a time when I was giving year-end evals. There were some great suggestions here.
#1 – “Be More Dog” Video – This is a great video to show when you want to encourage people to get out of their comfort zone.
Now that I’ve gotten the hang of Tweeting, I am going to be a little more discriminating with that little gold star. I will only favorite something that I truly want to save. Basically, that means I will only save my "Purposeful" favorites. However, that does NOT mean I’m going to stop acknowledging the “Thank You” or “Great Point” favorites. Instead, I plan on replying to that individual to acknowledge their comment. After all, if someone took the time to think about something I said or posted, I owe it to them to respond in kind. Of course, I may have to rethink that if I get a zillion replies!