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!


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.

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.

Take care of yourself.

Forever teatime

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Self-care can be tricky because it’s often the first thing we cut out if we run out of time. This school year I’m going to try to be better about prioritizing self-care. I have found if I don’t take care of me, it’s awfully hard to take care of others. This school year, I’m going to make every effort to practice a self-care routine EVERYDAY—even when it’s hard. Self-care routines don’t need to be lengthy or intricate, but they should take care of your emotional, physical, social, practical, mental, and spiritual needs. For me, this means that every day I’m going to read something enjoyable, write something meaningful, spend time alone and in silence, make something prettier than it was when I found it, eat healthy foods, and practice yoga. On some days I may spend only minutes on each of these things, but doing them every day will be what protects me in those really tough moments that life has a tendency to deal us. I hope you have or are thinking of a self-care routine for this school year too.

Your circle should want what is best for you.

Your circle should always want to see you win. * Your circle should surround you with love when you lose. * Your circle should clap SO LOUD when you have good news. * Your circle should offer you shelter in times of trouble. * If your circle does not offer you these simple things, it’s time to look for a new circle. ❤️⭕️❤️ (riff of an image/sentiments I saw @tarahshomas share earlier this week. #inspiration)