The Final Stretch of the School Year

With summer only a few short weeks away, you may be finding that you’re running out of steam in the classroom. Your students are antsy to be done. The major grades are already recorded. You have upcoming events like Field Day or 8th grade Graduation to plan for. While May is a breath of fresh air in terms of weather, it can be a stressful time as a teacher.

On the Big Ideas Learning Facebook page, I linked to an article from Edutopia about staying charged during the final weeks of school. The article lists some creative tips to help you maintain your sanity in the classroom these upcoming weeks.

Do you have any other tips to add? We’d love to hear them!

Big Ideas Math Poster Giveaway

Big Ideas Math poster

Our Big Ideas Math series features cartoon characters, Newton and Descartes, created by Ron Larson to show kids that math can be fun. You will find these clever cartoons all throughout the textbooks. Our bright and colorful Newton and Descartes posters are perfect for one of your classroom walls or your math center.

Good news: We’re giving away one poster a week, and it’s easy to enter!

All you need to do is leave a comment on this post telling us what you like most about the Big Ideas Math series (if you don’t currently use the series, visit our website and have a look around) and your name will be added to next week’s drawing.

If you leave a comment on our Facebook wall, your name will be added a second time.

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Twitter for Teachers

If you would like to jump in to the Twitter universe and need help getting started, then read on for helpful links and great people to follow.

1) The Ultimate Twitter Guidebook for Teachers

This one-stop link will cover everything you need to know, such as setting up your account, Twitter language, creative uses for teachers, and ways to enhance communication.

2) Top Twitter Hashtags for Teachers

Hashtags are used to mark keywords or topics in a tweet. They help categorize messages according to topic. Click on one and a new list of tweets, all containing that hashtag, will be generated.

3) 30 Twitter Tips for Teachers

This is a great collection of brief but effective tips to make the most of your Twitter account.

4) Who to follow on Twitter:
- @bigideasmath
@web20classroom
@techlearning
@SkypeClassroom
@NMHS_Principal
- @NEAToday
- @USATeducation
- @edReformer
- @teachtools
- @NCTM
- @Teachpaperless
- @NMSI

Here are a few active education/technology Twitter accounts to get you started. Check out what they are posting and who they are talking to. Resources will abound!