We are putting the Nebraska in #nebedchat this semester!

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Recently, the Nebraska Education Chat (#nebedchat) organizers (of which, I am one) have invited some state lawmakers to moderate our humble little chat. #nebedchat is always open to all educators, regardless of location, but this semester, we have been getting a little Nebraska-centric. In fact, we held a chat that we literally called our Nebraska-centric chat earlier in the semester, and last week marked a first for our chat as well.

Senator Suzanne Geist was our first Nebraska senator to take on the challenge of chat moderation. I commend her for her bravery! No one “owns” a hashtag, so you never know who might show up. It truly is as public a digital forum as you can get

Hollahhhhh to Nebraska Senator Adam Morfeld and Nebraska Senator Meg Hunt for offering to moderate upcoming chats on April 2 (Morfeld, Topic: Mental Health) and May 14 (Hunt, Topic TBD). You are brave too, and I know you can handle it. I’ve seen you both tackling some really important and sometimes contentious issues of late.

In any case, the #nebedchat community is thankful for the opportunities these three senators have offered us. Being able to interact in real-time with people who have the ability to enact meaningful change at any level of our government is a powerful experience for all people, but oftentimes teachers don’t feel like they have a voice, so I am SO grateful. THANK YOU.

As a result of inviting these three moderators who have not moderated a chat prior to their #nebedchat experience, I’ve come up with a  little “cheat sheet” which I hope will be helpful for anyone moderating a Twitter chat for the first time. If it is helpful, please use and share!

TWITTER MODERATION CHEAT SHEET

If you notice any content, grammar or spelling errors, please let me know. If you have suggestions for how to improve this cheat sheet, I’ll take those too.

#nebedchat always begins at 9PM CST and lasts for 45 minutes.

Upcoming chats that are not already mentioned above:

  • 4/9/19 Erin Konecky and yours truly –> Trauma-Informed Education
  • 4/16/19 Chad Boyes –> Creating School Culture and Climate
  • 4/23/ 19 Dr. Monica Housen –> Innovation and Embedding 21st Century Skills
  • 4/30/19 Joslynne Stauss –> Topic TBD
  • We still need moderators for our 5/14 and our 5/21/19 chats. Could it be you? Please reach out, if it is.

 

Hope to “see” you soon.

Be kind to others AND yourself.

 

I read this somewhere recently, and it really made me think! When someone does us a favor, we (usually) say, “That person is kind,” rather than, “I must be pretty awesome, since that person was so nice to me.” On the flip side, sometimes when someone acts in an unkind (or even cruel) manner toward us, we sometimes feel like WE will be judged harshly by others as a result of that person’s behavior. The judgment part might be true, (humans can be a judgey lot) but that person’s unkindness says much more about them than it does about you. That person’s actions don’t characterize who you are; it characterizes them. (The way you respond to unkindness is also an action.) School is a place where we act and react hundreds of times per day. The way you choose to act will be what ultimately what defines you, so it’s important to make sure your actions match your beliefs, (and if you mess up, [we all do from time to time] it’s okay to admit that and make amends if necessary).

I heart podcasts so hard.

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As busy as we are as educators, it is easy to get behind on current events, and pop culture as well as topics that interest us personally. I have found myself filling in some of those gaps through the use of podcasts. I listen to them whilst showering, driving, or falling to sleep at night. The more I listen to podcasts, the more I think about the educational applications they have. I was listening to a podcast this morning about conspiracy theories that spurred historical events, and now all I can think about is sharing a portion of that podcast with my World History students as we head into our unit on revolutions. There are countless applications for pretty much any subject taught in school, which I would like to process through writing in the near future. For now, I’ll leave you with this: Sharing parts of (or whole) podcasts with students mixes up the way I deliver information. They often pose opportunities for critical thinking and discussion. I have a lot more to say, but limited time, so for now, I’ll post some links to some of my favorites that have potential for use in a high school classroom.

Million Word Essay


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Hello 2019! This semester I’m pulling out an old trick and asking parents and guardians to tell me about their children in a million words or fewer. I have already had a few responses and it is so lovely to read about my students in the words of someone who loves them. (I learned this trick from @char.riewer when I was a CADRE mentor through U of NE at Omaha in 2010.)

Bikes In München


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In München (Munich) many people ride bikes instead of cars or public transport. There is a special bike lane, and it is very important that you not ever stand in the bike lane because it’s very likely you will be hit! In fact, several of our travelers had near misses because they didn’t heed our tour guide’s warnings. 🚲

Hallo, Studenten!


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I spent New Year’s Eve in Munich, Germany. It was an experience I will never forget. If you have the chance to travel, seize it! It will open your eyes and change your life for the better. Frohes neues Jahr! (I will be sitting in the airport for a while today, so I will share more pictures in a little bit.