5 Effective Ways Tweeting Helps in the Classroom

Are you always on the hunt for new ideas to implement in the classroom? Want to keep up with the latest trends, news and happenings in education? Twitter can be an excellent tool to communicate with fellow educators and professionals in the field. If you're still wondering... "What is Twitter?" Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co-workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, and frequent messages. People write short updates, often called "tweets" of 140 characters or fewer. These messages are posted to your profile, sent to your followers, and are searchable on Twitter search. Teachers are on Twitter every minute of every day. There are daily hashtag chats where educators from around the globe collaborate, share interesting tidbits, and make lifelong connections never before possible. But before you write off Twitter as just another social media "FAD," take a look at these top 5 ways Twitter can enrich the classroom.

ABC's of Essential Oils in School

If you're anything like I was, you hear the term “essential oils” and your mind’s eye immediately sees a celebrity-type spending her day getting rubbed, scrubbed and submersed in mud. You would never think that essential oils would find a place or a purpose in your own life. Well, as my mother always says, “That’s what you get for thinking!” Essential oils are nature's original remedy for healing and protection, and are technically described as concentrated hydrophobic liquids containing volatile aroma compounds, cultivated from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, brushes, herbs or seeds. For today, let's consider the basics as they may apply to you and your classroom.

Kaitlynn & Friends Go to School

Do you remember what it was like to start school for the first time? How you couldn’t wait to get that new lunch pail, the new clothes…and CRAYONS! Each year, thousands of kindergarten students experience the “first-ness” of school. It’s exciting to watch the wonder of learning…it’s why we teach. To inspire us all, we want to hear it from their little mouths as they experience the newness of school. We want to see it through their eyes! ESGI will be featuring 4, 5 and 6 year olds who are just starting their school experience in our new series “Kaitlynn and Friends Go to School.” We will be asking them questions about school, and anything else they want to tell us! Their answers will be spontaneous and un-coached. It’s sure to make you smile! Now it’s time to meet our hostess, Kaitlynn.

NEW! Preschool and Kindergarten CCSS Tests from Teacher-Author Kathy Crane

ESGI is proud to announce our newest content partner and "Friend of ESGI," Kathy Crane! Kathy has been teaching Kindergarten for 23 years, and has taught both Preschool and Reading courses at the college level. She has published 13 books on reading, writing and math, and has worked as a freelance author for two other online education publishing companies. She earned her B.A. in Early Childhood Education, and her M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction. Welcome Kathy Crane!
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