#UTedChat Questions for 07/18 – The Power of Reading

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I am currently working towards a Library Media Endorsement as I prepare to start a new job as the Library Media Coordinator and Digital Learning Coach in Washington County School District and as such have been thinking and reading a lot about the power of reading. So what better way to continue learning about reading than to ask all of my amazing #UTedChat crew their thoughts on the subject? Plus, who doesn’t love getting some awesome book suggestions from friends?  Please join me (@lars3eb) tonight at 9 pm MDT as I lead the #UTedChat discussion on the topic of The Power of Reading and help share some of your favorite books! I’d love to have you join the rest of the amazing #UTedChat community and share your awesome with us because we are truly #BetterTogether. 

If you haven’t already followed me via Twitter (@lars3eb) feel free to do so because it may help you to better follow the chat. And as always, please be sure to include #UTedChat in your responses so everyone participating can see your thoughts and ideas.

 

Q1 Even if you don’t teach English Language Arts, I hope you still use books in your class. What is your favorite book to use in your teaching?

Q2 There have been a HUGE amount of education books being published recently. Have you read any of them and which ones would you suggest?

Q3 I used to tell my students reading wasn’t homework b/c humans should read for 30 mins nightly & I try to do just that. What is something you’re currently reading or your most recent read?

Q4 A great author can paint a mental image so powerful it takes you away to another world, regardless of the genre. Who are a couple of your favorite authors and why?

Q5 According to author Jim Trelease of “The Read-Aloud Handbook” reading aloud to our children & students is one of the most important things we can do for their education. What is your favorite Read-Aloud book?

Q6 Next week (July 24th) is Pioneer Day, so share your plans with the group so we can get some ideas on how to celebrate.


Derek Larson is a former classroom teacher and for the last two years, he was the EdTech Director at Southwest Educational Development Center, one of the four service centers working with the rural districts here in Utah. Starting in August for the 2017-18 school year, he will be returning to Washington County School District as the Library Media Coordinator and Digital Learning Coach at Tonaquint Intermediate School and is SUPER excited about this new adventure. He loves working with teachers throughout the state and making connections all across the globe. He’s a proud Dixie State University and Southern Utah University grad, where he just finished his Administrative Endorsement and is now working on his Library Media Endorsement. 

You can follow Derek via Twitter at @lars3eb.

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#UTedChat Questions for 07/11 – Summer Learning & Rejuvenation

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This week’s #UTEdchat is hosted by Deborah Gatrell, NBCT (@DeborahGatrell1). She’s a Utah Teacher Fellow who does 12 months of work within a normal school year and holds down a part-time job too. Summer is crucial for recharging her batteries and preparing for a new school year. It’s likely the same for many of us. Join Deborah on Wednesday, 11 July at 9 pm MDT on Twitter to chat about Summer Learning and Rejuvenation.

If you haven’t already followed Deborah via Twitter (@DeborahGatrell1) you should probably do so because it will help you to better follow the chat. 

As always, please be sure to include #UTedChat in your responses so everyone participating can see your thoughts and ideas.

Q1: Some folks think teachers sit around and eat bonbons over the summer. We know better than that! What summer learning opportunities are you participating in? Why? 

Q2: What non-traditional learning formats (aka not ‘seat time’) have you tried out? What were the results? Would you recommend your experience? 

Q3: We multitask like nobody’s business during the school year. Are you taking a technology break to RE-boot this summer? If so, how’d it go? If not, what’s holding you back? 

Q4: What do you do to unwind when you cut the digital cord? Are you going to RE-read any favorites? How is reading rejuvenating? 

Q5: Have you taken time to RE-flect on teaching and learning in your classroom? Writing is a great way to process what went well & what can improve by looking at the hows and whys. Share some purposeful reflections…

Q6: Here’s your chance to RE-turn to creativity! What creative passions do you have (or make) time for over the summer? How do these experiences influence your teaching?

Q7: Now that you have a few minutes to just sit and think, how can you RE-envision your classroom? Imagine how your classroom blueprint could be recreated into a well-oiled, learning machine with a warm, inviting feel… How would it be different?

Q8: Tonight’s questions were inspired by this great ASCD article. How will you make time for yourself so you come back ready to rock the new school year?


Deborah Gatrell, NBCT is a Utah Teacher Fellow who does 12 months of work within a normal school year and holds down a part-time job too. Summer is crucial for recharging her batteries and preparing for a new school year. It’s likely the same for many of us.

You can follow Deborah via Twitter at @DeborahGatrell1.

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#UTedChat Questions for 06/20 – Classrooms of the Future

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This week we have Steve Phelps (@KitledMath_T) a Math teacher at West High School in Salt Lake City, Utah leading the discussion on Classrooms of the Future! This should be an excellent and informative topic for educators to start thinking about during the summer and as they prepare for the beginning of the coming school. Please come prepared to share your thoughts on what you think the Classroom of the Future should be with the rest of the #UTedChat crew. If you haven’t already followed Steve via Twitter (@KitledMath_T) you should probably do so because it will help you to better follow the chat. 

As always, please be sure to include #UTedChat in your responses so everyone participating can see your thoughts and ideas.

Q1: IN THE NEXT DECADE WHAT CHANGES are you most excited to see?

Q2: What changes are you most concerned about?

Q3: What will learning spaces look like in the classroom of the future?

Q4: What functions should technology fulfill to elevate the student experience in the classroom of the future?

Q5: Expanding technology impacts a teacher’s role immensely. How should the educator’s role be modified?

Q6: How can educators work in cooperation with educational technology companies to ensure products are designed to support students and empower teachers?

Q7: How can current technologies (3D printing, VR…) be used to enhance student learning in your area now?


Steve has spent the last 10 years teaching middle and high school mathematics in Utah. His instructional foundations are built on the mantra “Struggling in math is required to learn.” He has served as the D.A.D.S State President for UDSF and advocates for inclusive educational practices. In 2009, Steven was awarded Union Middle School Teacher of the Year. He graduated from UVU in 2009 with a B.S. in Mathematics. He innovated the classroom to incorporate movement and cooperative learning, called MathEverywhere. 

You can follow Steve via Twitter at @KitledMath_T.

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#UTedChat Questions for 06/06 – Teacher Well-Being

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As many of us are either already finished with 2017-18 school for the year, or almost finished, it’s important that take some time to recharge. Teaching and education is challenging and can be very stressful and difficult to get through. This week we will have Kyle Hoopes (@KyleLHoopes), Principal at Grovecrest Elementary School in Alpine School District, leading the discussion on Teacher Well-being.

Please join us tonight at 9 pm MDT as Kyle (@KyleLHoopes) leads the #UTedChat discussion on the topic of the Teacher Well-being! We’d love to have you join the rest of the amazing #UTedChat community and share your great ideas with us because we are truly #BetterTogether. 

If you haven’t already followed Kyle via Twitter (@KyleLHoopes) feel free to do so because it may help you to better follow the chat. And as always, please be sure to include #UTedChat in your responses so everyone participating can see your thoughts and ideas.

Topic: Teacher Well-being

Q1. What do you do when you feel stressed, unhappy, burned out, and/or anxious?

Q2. What do you wish your administrator/boss would know about you that would help you with your personal well-being?

Q3. What has your administrator/school done to help reduce stress and burnout at your workplace?

Q4. How much does culture play in your well-being?

Q5. What do you do to take care of yourself so you can be the best you?

Q6. How does your well-being as a teacher play into student success?


 Kyle Hoopes is a Principal at Grovecrest Elementary School in Alpine School District. He has taught at both the elementary and secondary levels and is currently a doctoral student at BYU with a research focus on administrator and teacher well-being. Well-being would include characteristics of positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning, and accomplishment.  

You can contact Kyle on Twitter (@KyleLHoopes), Instagram (@wileysnorse), Voxer (khoope856), Facebook, and email (kylehoopes@alpinedistrict.org).

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#UTedChat Questions for 05/23 – Best of #UTedChat for the 2017-18 Season

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As we finish up the 2017-18 season of #UTedChat, I want to take a little bit of time to reflect on how the year went with a few of my favorite tweeps, my #UTedChat family. Come join me as we discuss some of the best moments of #UTedChat this 2017-18 school year. I realize you may not have participated in every week of #UTedChat this year, but if you participated at all then you should hopefully have a few highlights of the time learning with us. Please join me (@lars3eb) tonight at 9 pm MDT as I lead the #UTedChat discussion on the topic of the Best of #UTedChat for 2017-18 Season! I’d love to have you join the rest of the amazing #UTedChat community and share your awesome with us because we are truly #BetterTogether. 

If you haven’t already followed me via Twitter (@lars3eb) feel free to do so because it may help you to better follow the chat. And as always, please be sure to include #UTedChat in your responses so everyone participating can see your thoughts and ideas.

 

Q1: We’ve learned about lots of great tools this year with #UTedChat. Which has been your favorite tool and why?

Q2: Hopefully you’ve been pushed in your thinking with #UTedChat this year. What has been your best New Idea you’ve gained from our chats?

Q3: We’ve had MANY awesome quotes and gifs shared this year during #UTedChat. Pick your favorite or a couple of favorites and share them.

Q4: Every week we seem to be lucky to have excellent topics that force us to think. Which has been your favorite and why?

Q5: I would list the #UTedChat community up against any other amazing #PLN as one of the best around. Who specifically in #UTedChat has been inspirational for you this year?

Q6 Monday is Memorial Day, so share your plans with the group so we can get some ideas on how to celebrate.


Derek Larson is a former classroom teacher and current EdTech Director at Southwest Educational Development Center, one of the four service centers working with the rural districts here in Utah. He loves working with teachers in the SEDC region, others throughout the state, and making connections all across the globe. He’s a proud Dixie State University and Southern Utah University grad. Starting next school year, Derek will be the Library Media Coordinator and Digital Learning Coach at Tonaquint Intermediate School in Washington County School District

You can follow Derek via Twitter at @lars3eb.

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