“Kindness Matters” {#AMDSBkidschat 2}


For our Twitter chat this month the Grade 8’s at Howick chose this video from the People’s Choice Awards. This video aired during Ellen DeGeneres’s acceptance speech for the Humanitarian of the Year award.

Inspired by the video, our next Twitter chat will focus on “Kindness Matters”. This video shows actions of kindness that Ellen has shown towards families in need and certain organizations and causes. A few examples of the many charities Ellen has donated to are: Children’s Health Fund, Habitat For Humanity, STOMP Out Bullying, ONE Campaign, and many more.

Here are the questions for the March 23rd #AMDSBkidschat

  1. What does kindness mean to you? What is something that you do that is kind?
  2. How can we show our appreciation to people who are showing kindness?
  3. Have you made someone happy today? If so how?
  4. How do you think you can improve kindness in a classroom and school community?
  5. Ellen is known for being kind and generous. What traits do you want to be known for?
  6. What is something you can do every day to give back/be kind to someone?

The AMDSBkidschat provides safe environment for several classes to discuss and answer questions semi-anonymously and leave a positive digital footprint. Communication, Collaboration, Innovation, and New Literacies are all at work in this one 21st century learning activity.   

Would you like more information about #AMDSBkidschat?  Visit us on twitter @AMDSBkidschat or on the TLC blog by clicking on #AMDSBkidschat icon. You can also leave a comment below!

Can’t wait to “Tweet” with you on March 23rd!

– Grade 8 Kaufman (and @teach_mrsK)

The Value of Twitter for Professional Development

It has been a bit of a whirlwind since our day with George Couros…but I am happy to say that I have since become a twitter addict.  I believe that anything you read that has you reflect on your practices or inspires you to try something new is an invaluable resource.  Twitter is becoming one of those resources for me.  Once you find a few great people to follow (George being one), it leads you to many other people who have amazing ideas, resources and thought-provoking messages to share.  I definitely have abandoned my pinning addiction on Pinterest lately to explore twitter and I wanted to share a few interesting tweets that I have retweeted from people I am following.

6 C’s and a P – video from   @NewPedagogies

Profile of a 21st Century Teacher   @kmcevoy50

24 Games, Apps, and Websites Teachers Use in STEAM classrooms   @smarter_science

The Inquiry Process   @MindShiftKQED

I have retweeted these on my professional twitter account @jenn_regier.  Feel free to start following me and just a warning…you may become a twitter addict like me!

Leigh and I also presented our project last week at ECOO…Moving Beyond Apps:  Blogs as Digital Portfolios in the Primary Classroom.  It was an amazing opportunity to share with others and the big theme at ECOO this year was around Google apps, inquiry, and making learning visible to others.  The good news:  we are so on the right track!

One of the presenters that focused on inquiry had a fabulous resource to share about how he integrated inquiry into his junior classroom.  The website is www.inquiry-based.com.  Check it out if you would like to be inspired!  From this website, I was able to start following these two presenters on twitter which led me to this website that provides lesson plans for divisions and under the “video tab” a section about an approach to inquiry that provides video coverage about how to plan for inquiry, what it looks like, classroom setup, etc.  Here is the link to the site – OESSTA link

What do you think?  Do you have any other twitter friends or websites that you find valuable for professional reading that I should start following who have amazing ideas to share?  I would love to hear about it.

Jenn Regier