Some Thoughts This Teacher Appreciation Week

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In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, I'd like to take some time to talk about teachers and teaching. From time to time I like to do that. This is one of those posts.

Do you know a great teacher? Was there someone who made a big impact in your life? I was lucky because I had several - one in first grade, one in fifth grade, and one in high school. And as a teacher, I've had the opportunity to work with, and learn from, many, many more.

Today, I'd like to talk about one of those special teachers. She is using social media in her classroom and giving her students the opportunity to explore that space in a safe and meaningful way. Her name is Corie. She teaches second grade. Several years ago, Corie decided to incorporate Twitter into her social studies curriculum. Together with her class, she composes tweets and posts them to a private account, which can be seen by parents. The children share what they are learning about and in return, the parents ask questions. It's a thoroughly modern way to interact that is loaded with meaning. From the students' side, they get to share what they are interested in. On the parents' side, they get bite-sized updates about what their children are doing in real time. And then the parents can use these tidbits to fuel dinner table conversations. It's a win-win situation and a totally genius way to use social media in the classroom.

So this Teacher Appreciation Week, I wanted to say kudos to Corie and all of the other teachers out there who are using technology in innovative and creative ways. And if your child has a special teacher, I hope you'll find a small way to let them know how much they mean to your family this week. Need an idea? I have just the post for that.