A1: One thing I did that excited my students: I used the rhyme scheme of a battle rap and showed how it was the same rhyme scheme that Samuel Taylor Coleridge used in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" to show poetry's relevance! #oklaed
A1: I love to turn songs into learning opportunities. I work with 4 year olds and they love to sing and dance so they always get excited this way. It also works with older kids. I teach reading and math retention at a summer camp and the 4th and 5th graders love it too! #oklaed
A1 - I use innovative academic games. I have had my students be travelers along the silk road trying to survive a trip from China to Rome and back, and also had them be Cold War era spies for a week and find out they are counter spies. #oklaed
A1 - I'm senior class sponsor and about 3 years ago I started the tradition of senior walks with our graduating seniors going to our 6 feeder elementary & 2 feeder middle schools! The kids (all of them) love it! They get to see old teachers and inspire future grads! #oklaed
A1: I recently started using "Tynker" which is coding for kids, with 5th graders. They love it, and ask if we can log in every day. I do sign language with kindergarten and first grade, and they look forward to that every week.#oklaed
A1) I can excite my students with field trips. Last spring I did a unit on the OKC Bonbie Memorial and took 165 students to it. This fall I did a unit on Route 66 and took 175 students to the Route 66 Museum. #oklaed
A2: When it comes to giving a voice I love to let the students tell me what good things are going on in their lives by doing a “Tell me Something Good Tuesday”. They love to bring good news to the other kids and to me. #PimpinJoy#oklaed
A1) As a parent, I try to get my boys excited about things they may not enjoy doing. Ex - we got a puppy and it’s all on them so they will learn. Instead of just barking orders, I’ve made it boot camp. I have a whistle and they say “Yes drill sergeant. Laughter is key. #oklaed
A2 - Each Tuesday in my AP World class we have a socratic discussion over the reading. I do not come up with the discussion ?'s the Ss have to produce them, so they get to guide that discussion each week. #oklaed
#oklaed A1- I do a project where students create a trip to Latin America and have to sell it to another class of students in my 6th grade Geography class at Edison. I’m always impressed at how competitive kids can be when they are trying to get other students to like their work.
A2: We are still struggling with giving student voice, but have made some progress in giving voice. Simple things like including them on committees and school decisions and giving then feedback tools. #oklaed
A2 I ask my kids to assess themselves and the class—and I take their feedback into account as I plan. They know I respect them because I listen...and that goes a long way to engaging and learning. #oklaed
A1: Another thing that excites the students is just being excited yourself. As the teacher, if you come in with an excited and eager to learn attitude it will overflow to your students. Set the standard. #oklaed
A3: All of the professional development that I have had the privilege to take part in have been AWESOME! They all contribute to my preparation for my future classrooms! I highly encourage that educators get the word out to future teacher candidates! #NSUEngEd#oklaed
A2: I try to give students a voice by simply giving them time to share with me. Sometimes it is happy news they are just excited to share. Unfortunately, sometimes it is a hardship they are dealing with. #oklaed
A2: This week (Feb 7) our State Student Advisory Council meets at the Capitol to talk #OklaEd policy w/our @oksde team & meet their legislators. 100+ inspiring students from all across the state.
A3: I attended a Social Studies workshop on how to implement writing into SS and I LOVED it! but I LOVE teaching Social Studies/Geography. Probably bc I LOVE traveling so much! I travel to share my experiences w/my Ss. #oklaed
Each person holds so much power within themselves that needs to be let out. Sometimes they just need a little nudge, a little direction, a little support, a little coaching, and the greatest things can happen. Pete Carroll #oklaed
A3: My favorite PD is listening to Becky Bailey teach on Conscious Discipline. She has so many great ideas on how to make the children feel validated and help keep your classroom under control in a loving way! #oklaed
A3 - Every summer I get to hear @PrincipalKafele at the HSTW conference - seriously this always fires me up to be the best me I can be! "Is my school a better place because I'm there?" #theteacher50#oklaed
A2: Providing grand conversation opportunities for young children to express their ideas is extremely important. This can be done anytime throughout the day. It is equally important for teachers to listen as it is for the child to have a voice. #OklaEd
Q3: Most recent was #okelem chat last Thursday night! We can learn so much from each other! Join @room20awesome the first Thursday of each month for an hour of connecting, sharing, Learning, growing #oklaed
A3: I am participating in the 3-part PD through ABLE Tech to learn how to more effectively implement AT. We are given homework and are encouraged to use resources from ABLE Tech. It has been extremely valuable training. #oklaed
A4: My administrator allowed me to teach a class by myself when my Clinical Faculty had to go to the hospital. He trusted me THAT much to lead and inspire the students. I also received a school shirt from them a well:)
#Oklaed A3: Proposal for federal funding development by exciting and diverse group; because it really enabled quality education discussion for each of us, often too limited but oh so valuable! (Funding cut without any winning proposals ...)
A3: When Rick Wormeli came to OASCD PD this fall, he shared his philosophy and practices for grading his students' work. It made so much sense, and I saw so much light sparking around the room! #oklaed
Does the State Student Advisory Council have student voices from Alternative Education? If not I would invite you to Emerson Alternative High School in @OKCPS to hear from our students. They have insight on educational issues. #oklaed
Q5: Every Friday, the church across the school serves lunch for a cheap price. I always go there to show my support for the community. I intend on taking part in the Parent/Teacher conferences when the time comes. #oklaed
A4 - Best thing my administrator does is allow teacher's a seat at the table and values our input! We have been able to implement some amazing things because he allows us all to create a vision for the school. #oklaed
A4: They encourage me to try new things and grow as an educator - even when it challenges our school norms...! #oklaed For instance, I'm going to add #observeme to my TLE professional growth category... We'll see how it goes!
A4: Hired me. I can't express how happy I was to get hired on by Norman public schools. Then, great evaluations... It's always great to hear positive feedback, and know you're doing what you're supposed to be doing. #oklaed Positive affirmation is good for the soul!
Our English department has weekly PLC meetings in which we share ideas and provide feedback. Our curriculum dir @OB1_Knabe and tech integrator @vperezy also join us and provide information. #oklaed#cpsreds
A4) my administration believes in me. I’m told by them that I’m effective, that I bring my A game, and that I’m dependable. I have the privilege of being an employee in Clinton schools; they rehire me each year. #oklaed
A4 My administration has set a goal of every student feeling like they are a champion. Even graduates as long as 50 years ago know "Once a Warrior, always a Warrior" They proudly wear those t-shirts #oklaed
Honestly though the best thing Admin can do for me is LOVE and interact with my students. Know their names. Know their story. Please, get to know my students. #oklaed So when i come to you for help, assistance, etc you know the family dynamic.
#oklaed a2 You have to look for opportunities - We had students pick the color and style of our orchestra jackets and help design them. Once a year we had students pick small groups and pick ensembles out of a book to learn. Low pressure performance in class end of unit.
A4: One thing?! Can't do it. Try multiple things...our $2,000 stipend, the large format color printer, makerspace, technology, curriculum support...I love where I work! #cpsreds#oklaed Thank you @coach57!
A6 - The ability to have enough staff to create programs of study that allow students to work across subject areas to solve problems throughout the year. Why do they need to sit in 50 min classes for 7 hours a day? Why can't all content ares work together? #oklaed
A6: I would take all the field trips it makes learning more interesting it shows them why we are teaching the things we teach. Making lessons into real life experiences helps reinforce the importance.#oklaed
A6) Knowledgeable and passionate people are the best instructional resources we can buy! I would spend it all on more counselors, more angelic sped teachers, more librarians, more opportunities to build up the professionals already in the classroom. #oklaed
A6 where to start??? 1:1 with WiFi available at home, field trips to major art museums, historians to visit my class, class sets of novels, another teacher so my classes would be smaller and my kids would get more individual attention.... #oklaed
Q6: I firmly believe that the most important resource are the people in the community who choose to fight the good fight everyday! These "marigolds" get me excited every morning when I wake up. Their positivity and energy are inspiring. Shout out to @MrsSearcy112#oklaed
A6: 1:1, STEM LAB, flexible seating in every room, no desks, coffee shop setting, most of what I want doesn’t cost a thing.. I just need people to be open minded. Would be way more casual setting. #oklaed
A6) Putting on my own spin as an advocate... if $ were no object, I would spend my days going district to district getting more parents engaged/aware of state level issues. I would love to do advocacy full time but my kids need food and shelter etc. they’re so needy lol #oklaed
#oklaed a3 Our Oklahoma Music Educators Association Winter In-Service and Oklahoma Bandmasters Association summer convention are great PD opportunities. I always felt energized and affirmed afterwards. Make your teachers go...
A6: If money were no object I would like to see an alternative school with a college type schedule. Not require students to be on campus every day and extend hours into the evening. Reach more students and give more opportunities. #oklaed
A7: We can tell them about how former Ss come back and tell us we helped them. And we can tell them how important our job is - and that it's a noble profession, but that you have to love the job and the students if you want to succeed! #oklaed
A7 - I think the biggest thing we can do is to be sincerely excited & positive about our own jobs. Yes we face a lot of negativity. But I think most of us do this out of a deep desire to make a difference, Lets share this excitement as we talk #oklaed
A7: you get summers off? 😬 I mean honestly there isn’t much going on right now to entice people to become educators in #oklaed but then you get an amazing district like I did and you love your job every single day no matter how bad #okleg is.
A7: Don't tell, but share and inspire them with your own experiences and trial and tribulations as a teacher. Learning about the positive impact that other teachers made got me into this profession to begin with. #oklaed
A7 kids are freaking amazing—you never know what they’ll do or say and just when you think you have them figured out they surprise you with their insight or their kindness or their humor. Every day is different and you won’t go wrong if you keep the kids first. #oklaed
A7- That we will pay teachers more, give them more support in the classroom, and that Oklahoma values teachers. More financial support to get higher education degrees would help too. We want our teachers to be paid well and be the most educated. #oklaed
A1: As a teacher, excitement was a necessity, it is who I am and was! I always wanted to inspire excitement, fun, passion in my Ss and engagement was a given!! I had many classroom pets, Leopard Geckos, a Ferret, Guinea Pigs, fish, & even an ocean touch tank!!#oklaed
#Oklaed A7: Come join us in changing education emphasis from teaching to learning and assessment from testing to useful application - knowing that there are large, growing numbers of educators to collaborate with you to assist with your developing confidence.
A1B:I love excitement & I think a big part of my career out of the classroom has focused on exciting Ts, looking for the "hook",& letting them see how contagious their excitement is to our Ss! I have & will do whatever it takes to keep our Ts & Ss excited to learn & grow! #oklaed
A2 Students come to consensus on overarching themes for events throughout the year then find a strategic plan for implementing them. Currently working on @Stranger_Things blacklight—spirit week will be FREAK WEEK for last HIGH/north 🏀 #oklaed
A8 - We have too many who just need to be voted out. We need to work to educate people on voting for people based on STATE issues and not federal....I think this would help in getting people to vote for who the person is and not their party affiliation #oklaed
A8 I wish I knew. I keep thinking that if we could just get them in our classrooms, talking to kids, talking to teachers, they’d realize how badly they’re hurting our kids and how much good they can do if they would. #oklaed
A8. they need to get in classrooms and see how awesome Ss are firsthand. They need to see how Ts create learning experiences, and not lesson plans. They need to know that education is organic, relational, and adaptive... not standardized #OklaEd
A9: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead
For some, the school is the only place where they feel important. I am honored to have the opportunity to show them this
I was @CesarChavezOKC last week and had a 5th grader ask if Webster had a maker space!?@shmcadoo Ss get so excited to DO & I feel like a "maker space" lets the less confident/willing or even wary Ts still give their Ss the experiences in a space separate from their class! #oklaed
A8; Start to get the word out about our successes and our challenges. Invite them to visit our schools, not as a day as but as a legislator. Let them hear and trust they will listen. We need to work together and not keep blaming them. #oklaed
A8) thank them for things they do instead of constantly focusing on problems. Form relationships so you can be part or the convo. Talk about what you know which is kids not policy specifics. Listen to understand not just to reply. #oklaed
A8- Over 75% of our Representatives and Senators between both houses want to give a teacher pay raise and support education. Having 75% voting for one bill in both chambers has been the problem. We can’t let them make excuses anymore though. We need action. #oklaed
Q3 our principal @scottabeck set up a day of Ted Talks for us on different topics with some of the best educators past and present from our staff—sometimes you just need advice from those who are as deep in it as you. #oklaed
#OklaEd A8: Ask specifically for an answer in writing: Do you or don’t you support funding? If not and would not be open to reasons to reconsider, find a challenger who does and work hard to get her elected. Get public to fight the oil industry, anti-education lobbyists.
A9. I constantly meet with parents and staff to update them on changes, improvements, and success stories. I attend IEP meetings, help out with lunch duty, and volunteer at parent support groups #oklaed
Charter school boards are appointed. Public school boards are elected. In one or two generations, individuals will wonder if school boards are appointed, why can't legislators be appointed? #oklaed@pastors4txkids
A8b: This is the most difficult component in an Alternative Setting. We invite parents to sit on committees and to share in decisions but our staff gets frustrated with the low interest for some of our neediest students. Definitely one of our challenges. #oklaed
A) I’m challenging their teens. My expectations are high, and finding success is the only option. Parents desire challenges and success; as an educator that’s easy to deliver. This is discussed during P/T conferences, and parents enjoy input. #oklaed
A7: It’s not always what you tell people about Education. It’s the way you talk about teachers currently in the field and the conversations around the teaching profession. I’d like to see less angry Facebook videos and more positive stories. #oklaed
A10 - My school is full of first generation high school graduates who are going on to college and will have the ability to change their families for generations! THAT IS WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT!!! I couldn't be more proud of my students & all they overcome! #oklaed
A10. We are implementing @OTISS_SPDG and seeing significant decreases in behavioral and academic referrals for SPED. I have also started a consortium in our area to better address the needs of rural school districts #oklaed
A10: One of @deborahgist Supt Student Cabinet members recently remarked: "Over time, students have adapted to high school but high schools have not adapted to students". This quote is driving my work. #oklaed#Studentvoice#reimaginehs
A10 we’re in the middle of a district-wide initiative to help fund our backpack for kids program, which provides food for the weekend for our kids with the greatest needs. It’s been around for a while but we’re letting our kids take part in helping each other! #oklaed
A2: I have done various interviews w/Ss(a few videos/posts resulted),held conversations, advocated for Ss involvement in school feedback including behavior!#oklaed I feel like our Ss can give insight into their learning if we👂🏻 even when they do not realize it! #asktheexperts
A10) Clinton is a forerunner in education. To teach in Clinton, teachers have to be at their best, and going to school every day is a positive experience for learning...for students and myself. Teachers in Clinton are meeting the community’s goals and objectives. #oklaed
A7. Unfortunately, It’s a hard sell & the #teachershortage & low enrollment in #OKLAED teacher prep show this. So I acknowledge the hard truth but then thank for already being advocates for the prof by joining it. 💰 is great & required, but affirming & supporting is most needed.
A10) Emerson Alternative High School in @OKCPS gives our at-risk students an opportunity to catch-up or finish their education despite the challenges and difficulties life presents them. They learn from mistakes and improve their future. #oklaed
A9) as a parent myself, I have so many ideas on making this happen!! I wish I had the time to implement those ideas!! Maybe some day someone will create a parent engagement specialist and I can apply! That’s the dream! #oklaed
#OklaEd A10: We educators and all those supporting public education ARE FIGHTING FOR A CAUSE THAT IS THE, THE MOST IMPORTANT CAUSE FOR OUR COUNTRY. This truth means that eventually education WILL WIN OUT!!!
Q7 it’s not your parents educational system anymore—technology has created a world of following your interest and the enlightened school districts are playing to that with guided inquiry AND CHOICES #oklaed (successful educators have been doing this for awhile)
A10: a former student, whom I tutored Bc she went on medical leave due to cancer, has returned to school, played sports, and is thriving. A testament to her strength and determination. My 1st year student and now 8th grader. ❤️ #oklaed#Cancersucks