California Educator

October / November 2017

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By @samdemuro Passion for Pinterest P I N T E R E S T M A Y H A V E a reputation for recipes and wedding dresses, but educators can find invaluable resources: lesson plans, creative classroom decor, teaching tips and useful infographics. You can search for exactly what you want to learn (such as using Legos to teach frac- tions) and implement it immediately with your students. Plus, Pinterest lets you connect with others who teach the same grades or subjects. See Do you use Pinterest for the classroom? Take our Pinterest poll at And follow CTA at Advice for First-Year Teachers Check out the uplifting short video at by @boredteachers, where several educators dispense sage advice for new colleagues, such as: "Do not be afraid to fail! Because those mistakes, as long as you learn from them, are what are going to make you a better and stronger teacher." Keep an eye open for CTA member Jayson Chang (@changtheworld). Why Use Twitter for PD? Instead of waiting for professional development sessions, Twitter is available 24/7. You get what you put into it: Take the time to follow other educa- tors, conference presenters, book authors, bloggers, etc. Follow back, reply and send messages. Twitter chats have themes and topics. You can find Twitter chat information by perusing hashtags and checking out what followers tweet. By developing your own PLN, you have your own support system at your fingertips. #CAEdChat #EdTechChat and #TeacherLife are good hashtags to check out. #StupidQuestionsforYourTeacher T H E T R E N D I N G T O P I C : What questions did kids ask that made you LOL? Among the responses: 1. Are the elves at the North Pole short because they don't get enough sunlight? 2. Why does it always have to be a #2 pencil? I only have a #1 and a #3! 3. Are they your brothers? (From one of my 2nd-graders while looking at a poster of U.S. presidents.) We Meme It DIGITAL BUZZ 15 O C T O B E R / N O V E M B E R 2 017 D I G I T A L B U Z Z I

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