Book Love

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I have been reading some books today! It’s been a loooong time since I’ve devoured a pile of picture books, so this was very enjoyable for me.

Freshmen: Can you see any of the titles you requested? I can’t find them all, but I’ve come up with some good alternatives as well. If you have copies of picture books you’d like to use for your 5th-grade lessons, please bring them tomorrow. 📚

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.

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).