Sometimes teachers need an example to follow. Just like our students.
Before the internet we were mostly limited to our colleagues in the building. With the expanse of technology, particularly Twitter, every teacher has 24/7 access to an all-star team of role models.
Want to know what it is like being a teacher who retired early with a million dollars?
How about the quick story on the latest classroom technology?
Or how about a view your career from a 10,000 foot perspective?
What about quick tips on using neuroscience and psychology to make your life and classroom more enjoyable?
The teachers below do that and more. You can get their tips right on your phone or laptop each day in just a few minutes.
- Vicki Davis – Vicki can be found @CoolCatTeacher. When I talked to Vicki for her podcast it was immediately clear she is FULL of positive energy. She’s written a number of books that you can find on Amazon here. Vicki writes about teacher burnout, creating more excitement, and wants to help you stay in the profession without losing your sanity.
- Richard Byrne – Richard can be found at @RMByrne. Richard is a Jedi on education technology. He has written 12,000 blog posts related to education technology, is a speaker, offers professional development, and approaches technology from a “How can this help teachers?” point of view. Not a “what’s the latest gadget” perspective.
- WeAreTeachers – Find them at @WeAreTeachers. WeAreTeachers links to advice articles on a wide range of teacher topics. WAT tweets about time management, reducing stress, and more. Can’t we all use more of that?
- George Couros – George can be found at @GCouros. George has the kind of mind I really connect with. He pulls good ideas from other professions for teachers and is always thinking outside the box. He’s the author of “The Innovator’s Mindset.”
- Alice Keeler – Alice can be found at @AliceKeeler. Alice is a Google wizard. She is on the cutting edge in technology and turns what would normally be topics only for nerds into simple terms. She is also a speaker and author. You can find Alice’s books on Amazon here.
- Ed Mills – Ed Mills can be found @Ed_Mills_ Do you want to live “the dream?” If yes, follow Ed. Ed retired early after saving over a million dollars on his and his wife’s teacher salaries. Ed now travels and tweets about money and fitness. (Check out his run streak and you’ll feel shamed into exercising).
- Angela Watson – Angela can be found at @Angela_Watson. Angela provides a 10,000 foot view of not just classroom issues but our lives as teachers. She is a published author with a number of books available on Amazon. Also, she keeps a positive but realistic view of the profession. We all benefit from that.
- Teach Thought – TeachThought can be found at @TeachThought . TeachThought is led by Terry Heick. Terry tweets out useful articles that are how to’s and lists of good ideas. Their content is easy to read (that’s a compliment) and they also offer professional development.
- Talks with Teachers – Talks with Teachers can be found at @TalksWTeachers. Brian Sztabnik posts interesting tweets related to his website and podcast. Like George Couros, Brian mentions ideas from outside of education where a lot of growth is going to come from if education is going to fix itself.
- Edutopia – Edutopia can be found at @edutopia. Edutopia does not post “latest lesson plan” type tweets. You will appreciate their tweets about your physical body as a vital part of the education process. They also post about psychology and neuroscience, two undermentioned areas in education.
There are loads more interesting teachers on Twitter. I have a list of over 200 and it seems to grow every day.
I use notifications for most of these teachers. I will post screenshots on how to do this in an upcoming post.
Let me know, “What teachers do you follow on Twitter?”