A Little Bit About Myself:
Hello! My name is Tina Nording, I am a fifth grade teacher in Milton, Wisconsin. How did I get lucky to become part of this group of bloggers? Well, I was fortunate enough to work with Joanna for two years in fifth grade. I appreciate her willingness to allow me to become a member of this great group of young and enthusiastic educators!
My Personal Life:
I would like begin by sharing a little bit about my personal life. I have been married to my husband, Bryan, for eighteen years now. I am a mother of two boys. I have a freshman in high school and a sixth grader. They both attend schools in Milton. I spend a lot of my free time at football, basketball and baseball games. I love learning, gardening and riding my bike.
As for teaching, I have been teaching for eighteen years. I hold a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. My how time flies by! I believe I am the oldest teacher in this group. Why would I want to become a blogger? Well, I have read many blogs from teachers who explain how they use blogging to reflect upon their teaching and in turn it makes them a better educator. To me, teaching is a craft that develops over time and needs to be redesigned and nurtured from time-to-time. In my early years in this profession, I was a consumer of teaching and learning. I was taking advice and knowledge from the skilled veteran teachers I worked with. Now, I am moving in the direction of becoming a producer of learning and creating. It is time to share my opinions, knowledge and advice with other educators. I am not an expert, I dabble a lot and am not afraid to take risks or fail.
I am blessed to be working in a district where every child in grades kindergarten through twelfth grade has either an iPad or a MacBook Air. Technology integration is a huge passion of mine along with student engagement.
My Take Away From This Year:
There are many things I have tried throughout the course of this school year. However, Twitter has transformed learning in my classroom for both myself as an educator and for my students. Today, I will be talking about how Twitter is used in my classroom.
Twitter in a fifth grade classroom? Seriously? How could it possibly transform the classroom experience? I know many of you may be thinking this right now. As I said earlier, I am a dabbler. I never know where my dabbling will take me. I also get excited about trying anything new in my classroom. In turn, my excitement tends to transfer to my students. They get as excited as I do!
I started the school year off with my classroom Twitter handle: @NordingGrade5. I requested my parents to set up a Twitter handle and follow the happenings that are taking place in the classroom. Then I began tweeting pictures of the classroom before the start of the school year. I wanted students who become anxious to experience the classroom environment before setting foot in it. That was just the beginning of my tweets. Any exciting science experiment, activity, or just classroom happenings I tweeted out. To my surprise, parents tweeted back! I received tweets from parents thanking me for sharing what the day and life of a fifth grader looks like. Did I just create a positive communication experience with parents? Wow, the power of social media!
I also have a “Twitter Board” in my classroom. I post a question of the week and students have to “tweet” a response. They must tweet back with only 140 characters. Currently, my students requested to create their own questions to ask the class. Boys and girls are designing the questions of the week until the end of the year.
|Classroom Twitter Board|
|Student Twitter Sheet|
As the year is coming to a close, I am posting great student projects on Twitter. The power of publishing student work on Twitter motivates students, to my surprise! Students can’t wait to share with their parents that the teacher “tweeted” their project out for the world to view.
Do you use Twitter in your classroom? Please share your thoughts and opinions. I am open to ideas or suggestions you have to make my classroom Twitter account even more engaging for students and parents. Until next time, happy Tweeting!