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Top 10 Education Tweets of the Week: November 21, 2015

Emotions and relating to other humans is reflected in a subtle way on this week's top education tweets. Teachers are telling kids and each other that they matter. Teachers are talking about making their own music in their classroom. Thanksgiving-themed lesson plans are being shared while many educators gear up for Hour of Code in December (may the force and Minecraft be with you). Meanwhile, I'm upgrading my Makerspace and ditching my old projector and Interactive White Board.

I've got my 10 year blog-a-versary coming up the first week of December. Wow! So, this week, I'm thankful for you. This Thanksgiving week ten years a go, I was reading and re-reading David Warlick‘s book on blogging. You all teach me so much.

Do kids know they are special? Do they know they matter? Do you know your impact as a teacher if you stop to tell them that they do? Please take time this season to celebrate the strengths in the kids you teach. You matter, teacher. You make a difference. Please get out there and share that message with the kids you teach. Speak it. Tell it. Write it. Show it!

Top 10 Education Tweets of the Week: week ending November 21, 2015

1. You Matter is spreading

2. Top Blog Posts for Teachers

3. Sylvia Duckworth Adds a Sketchnote to “Why to Keep Going Even When It's Hard”

The awful happenings in France had many people sharing and clicking on this post. In an effort to encourage more people, Sylvia Duckworth sketchnoted the quotes that spoke to her. Please make your music, teachers!

4. Hour of Code includes Minecraft-inspired programming!

Minecraft and Star Wars themed programming is part of Hour of Code this year.

5. 5 Ways to Teach Gratitude in Your Classroom was Updated this week

This popular post needed an update. You can teach gratitude.

6. Nancy White talks openly about students as curators

In this show, Nancy White discusses something intriguing: the use of an “army of retired educators” to comment on student work. I'm curious how we could use such a method more often. She also talks about a project that didn't work as well. The difference? Audience. When you're blogging or doing work online, the first 10 days are vitally important as students should engage with audience. Nancy's open reflection has reinforced what many of us have seen.

7. My Makerspace gets and Upgrade with an inFocus JTouch! Cool!

My husband is an engineer and put this together for me! We are drawing on it, working on it, an doing incredible work together! I got questions and people clicked to look closer!

8. So many of us are jealous of this amazing classroom!

Jennifer Gonzalez, Cult of Pedagogy, found this incredible classroom. Lots of us are wishing and hoping for classrooms that look and feel more like this one.

9. Many of us are thankful to be on Thanksgiving break!

Friday afternoon, lots of us were breathing a sigh of relief. While some US teachers still have two more days next week.

10. Top Education Tweets of the Week for Last Week

Tweeting and non-tweeting educators are telling me they're enjoying the top tweets based on Twitter analytics. As I often say in these updates, “clickthroughs” matter. Some of these have hundreds of people cicking on them. You can't necessarily tell by retweets what engages educators!

I challenge you to take the time to set up your Twitter analytics and look at the last month, three months or even year. If you don't know how to embed tweets or anything else, ask in the comments and I'll get some instructions up here.

[callout]Happy Thanksgiving! I'm so thankful that you take the time to share and learn online. I appreciate those of you who take time to read my blog. As I help feed 50 something people this week, I'll be thinking of so many of you taking time with your families this week. Savor the moment, put down your cell phone, and enjoy the laughter and smiles. There will always be a new gadget but each family member is unique and precious. Be thankful for what matters. People matter most. [/callout]

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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