#UTedChat Questions for 09/19 – Teacher Advocacy and Involvement

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Tonight’s #UTEdchat is hosted by Dave Horan (@downrightdave). Dave is an Innovative Learning Coach in Alpine School District and a former 4th-grade teacher. He is also a member of the UCET Board and a Hope Street Groups Utah Teacher Fellow and loves being involved with both groups and helping teachers in Utah. Dave will be leading tonight’s #UTedChat with an awesome topic of Teacher Advocacy and Involvement. Prepare for some great discussion and a lot of fun tonight. 

If you haven’t already followed Dave via Twitter (@downrightdave) 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- Who do you think the most influential decision-makers are in education? Explain.

Q2- What do you know about how decisions about education are made at a state, district, and school level? What would you like to know?

Q3 – What experiences have you had with your state/local school board members? If you haven’t had experiences, why would these relationships be important?

Q4 – How do the state and local school boards affect your life as an educator?

Q5 – Do you believe it’s important for teachers to be involved in local politics? Explain.

Q6 – How do teachers influence decisions made about education on a school, district, or state level?

Q7 – How can you help non-educators understand education issues on the ballot?


Dave Horan is the 2018 UCET Outstanding Young Educator of the Year as well as the 2018 Freedom Elementary Teacher of the Year. He spent 10 years in the classroom as a 4th-grade teacher and is currently an Innovative Learning Coach in Alpine School District. Dave is a Hope Street Group Utah Fellow as well as an elected UCET board member. He is the Inspiration of #DaveWeek and can often be found on Twitter talking education and LOTS of Utah Jazz and BYU sports.

You can follow Dave via Twitter at @downrightdave.

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#UTedChat Questions for 09/12 – Utah Grads

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Tonight’s #UTEdchat is hosted by Diana Suddreth (@disudds). Diana is the Director of Teaching and Learning at the Utah State Board of Education and has spent 35 years in education as a secondary Mathematics teacher in California, Nevada, and here in Utah. She will be leading tonight’s #UTedChat with an excellent topic of Identifying the Ideal Characteristics of a Utah Graduate after going through the K-12 system. Prepare for some great discussion and a lot of fun tonight. 

If you haven’t already followed Diana via Twitter (@disudds) 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 – What is the most important thing you learned in high school?

Q2 – What will our high school graduates need in the future?

Q3 – What are our hopes, dreams and aspirations for our students? 

Q4 – Someone new is joining your family. What qualities and characteristics do you hope they bring to the table?

Q5 – When an employer is hiring, what do you think they are looking for in an ideal employee?

Q6 – How would you measure success when a/your child graduates from high school?

Q7 – What themes did you see come out of our discussion tonight?


Diana Suddreth is the Director of Teaching and Learning at the Utah State Board of Education where she currently leads the Utah Teacher Effectiveness Team, the Standards Implementation Teams, The Digital Teaching & Learning Team, and Educator Licensing. She has served education for over 35 years, beginning her career as a mathematics teacher in middle and high schools in Nevada, California, and Utah. Diana was the 2000 Presidential Awardee in Secondary Mathematics in Utah and earned her National Board Teaching Certificate in 2002. Diana joined the Utah State Board of Education in 2006 as Secondary Mathematics Specialist and was also the STEM Coordinator for five years before becoming the director. She is currently working with the Board to define the Portrait of a Utah Graduate that can be used as we design systems that support student success in Utah.

You can follow Diana via Twitter at @disudds.

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#UTedChat Questions for 09/05 – Homecoming

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Tonight’s #UTEdchat is hosted by Jared Covili (@covili). Jared is one an instructor and trainer with UEN Professional Development and has been an invaluable member of the Educational Technology world, especially here in Utah, for many years. He will be leading the first official #UTedChat of the 2018-19 school year with an excellent topic of Homecoming, and yes, plan for sharing some of your awesome homecoming pics from high school and possibly even college. Prepare for some great discussion and a lot of fun tonight. 

If you haven’t already followed Jared via Twitter (@covili) 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 Traditions:  Homecoming is a time to honor the traditions of the past while trying to make new memories with today’s students.  Share a tradition from the beginning of the school year from your classroom or school. What makes it successful?

Q2 Alumni: What are some ways you try to involve former students or community partners in your classroom/school? 

Q3 The “Game”:   Whether or not you’re into sports,  they are a huge way to build community in our schools.  What are some ways you use sports or games to build community with your students and parents? 

Q4 Royalty:  While not everyone can be homecoming king or queen, what are some of the ways you try to make every student in your classroom or school feel valued?  Why is this so important? 

Q5 School Song:  Music is a powerful tool that can take us back to our school days. How do/can you use music in your classroom to help create learning moments?

Extra Credit Q6 – What song was most popular at your homecoming dance?  Which song would best represent your school year so far?


Jared Covili, CETL, is an instructor and trainer for UEN Professional Development. He has worked with educators all over the beautiful state of Utah and loves what he does. He is a past president for UCET and is currently serving on the UCET Board as the ISTE Representative. Jared is a loyal University of Utah fan and loves to support the U!

You can follow Jared via Twitter at @covili.

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#UTedChat Questions for 08/22 – Start the Year Strong

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This week’s #UTEdchat is hosted by Amy Wood, NBCT (@ajmerritt). She’s a mentor teacher specialist in Jordan School District working with new teachers and mentors to help support them through their provisional years. Amy is also a Utah Teacher Fellow and enjoys working to help advance the education profession here in the state. The beginning of the school year is so important and so is making sure you get off to a successful start.  Join Amy tonight (Wednesday, August 22nd) at 9 pm MDT on Twitter to chat about Starting the Year Strong!

If you haven’t already followed Amy via Twitter (@ajmerritt) 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. As you begin the year, what student seating arrangement best supports your student learning in your classroom? Why?

Q2. How do you support your students’ learning at home?

Q3. Rules help to set expectations for our students and support success. What are your basic classroom rules? Have these changed during your career?  Do students help develop them? Why or why not?

Q4. How do you prevent behavior issues at the start of the year? What are some examples of positive reinforcers you use in your classroom?  

Q5. Every year I make a goal to eat healthy. What are some things you do to start strong with your eating habits at school? Do you pack a lunch? Eat school lunch? What is your favorite lunch to bring to work?

Q6. Planning is an essential part of being successful. How do you plan for your student success? Share your recommendations.

Q7.  What do you wish you had known as a brand new teacher that you know now?


Amy Wood, NBCT, is a mentor teacher specialist in Jordan School District. She works with new teachers and mentors and helps to support them through their provisional years. Before this, she taught first grade at Foothills Elementary in Herriman, UT. During this time, she also completed her NBCT. She loves teaching and is often found now teaching her five-month-old son, Tai. Amy is also excited to be a Utah Teacher Fellow.

You can follow Amy via Twitter at @ajmerritt.

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#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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