Monday, March 6, 2017

Moderating a Twitter Chat, SOLO!

Over the past four, or so, years I have moderated the #oklaed chat  two times, once with two colleagues and once with our #cpsreds team. This past week I moderated the #okelem chat, SOLO! I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to do it all alone, but I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and challenge myself, something I ask my colleagues to do every single day. 

I knew I needed to be organized, so I made a list. At the top was "topic", after looking through my recent blog posts I decided on, "Essentials For a Successful Elementary Classroom". That was just the beginning, next I brainstormed, jotted down ideas, and wrote questions that I was interested in. I thought it would be an ideal time to get opinions and ideas from other elementary educators. 

The previous two times I had moderated a twitter chat, we had simply typed the questions in the 142 character space on Twitter. However, this time I decided to make mine a little "fancier".  I designed the questions in Canva so that I wouldn't have to worry about going over the character limit and I could add a little personality to them. 

After completing all nine questions, a welcome and thank you, I was ready to rock the chat! Then, I remembered learning about scheduling tweets at a workshop or Edcamp, but had never tried it. I decided this was the perfect time, I used Tweetdeck. After spending at least an hour attaching the questions and scheduling them,  I discovered I had not put the hashtag on the tweets! So, I deleted all of them and started over. They were finally loaded and scheduled four days before the chat. 

The chat was to begin last Thursday evening at 7:30pm, I remembered at 6:15pm! I quickly double checked Tweetdeck, my tweets were still scheduled, so I got my laptop and ipad ready. At 7:30pm the first tweet rolled out, and the chat began. It was one of the quickest hours of my life!

I am so thankful that I put myself out there; connected, shared, learned, and grew as an educator. I have always thought that I could not encourage others to learn, grow, and try new things if I don't model it in my daily life. The #okelem twitter chat is the first Thursday of each month at 7:30pm, I would encourage you to join in on the fun! 

Connect, Share, Learn, and Grow Daily! 
Mrs. Hime

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Essential Skills for Today's World

What skills do you believe are essential for our students to learn so that they will be prepared  for today's world? As I pondered this question my list grew long, here are a few of my top essentials...

Building and maintaining relationships is at the top of my list. Students must be able to work along side others, to collaborate with those on their team, to have someone to share with. When students trust educators they begin to flourish, learn, and grow like never before.

Teaching students the life skills of empathy and compassion will allow them to get along in our diverse society. They must be able to understand the feelings that their fellow citizens may experience in order to live and work alongside others in our world.

Listening is a key component to success. Not just listen with an answer or next statement in mind, but really listen. Listening to understand, then formulating a response that is worthy of sharing. Listening so that the person you are speaking with knows you care what they are saying.

Critical thinking is important in today's world. Learning to think critically, to move your thoughts and actions up the Bloom's Taxonomy ladder will empower students to have a voice at the table.

Students need to be given the opportunity to have authentic learning experiences, to choose their path to problem solving. Students learn best by doing, hands on activities. We should facilitate, then get out of the way and let the learning happen.

Creativity and innovation are also on my must teach list of skills. Our world is changing at a very fast pace, students will need to be able to creatively think on their feet. They will need to be innovative in our competitive world.

Our world is changing, the essential skills we must be teaching our students are changing, we must learn and grow as educators alongside our students.

Mrs. Hime

Monday, January 16, 2017

Bloom's in the 21st Century

As everything is evolving in the 21st Century, so is Bloom's Taxonomy. Bloom's should be an important component when preparing lessons, maintaining higher expectations, and higher order thinking skills. This is not only beneficial to our ELL students, but to all students. You will find an updated version below and a short Seinfeld video series that speaks to each level. 

I am excited to start the discussion about the new Bloom's Taxonomy in PLCs this week! 

Mrs. Hime

Monday, January 2, 2017

My One Word of 2017

Three years ago, as I was pondering my New Year's resolutions,  I stumbled across a "One Word" challenge on Twitter. After researching the origin, and meaning behind campaign,  I thought it was for me. I have made endless New Year's resolutions that would stick with me for a month, sometimes two, then they would vanish. The "One Word" challenge simplified my resolutions. I printed several small posters with the word and strategically hung them in my classroom, office, on my mirror in my bathroom, on my refrigerator... places that I would be sure to see the word every single day to remind me of my challenge for the year. It has worked well the past two years, and the words were definitely a force of inspiration for me in all areas of my life. 

My One Words:
2015: Grow
2016: Diligent 

As I have been reflecting on 2016,  two words have continued to come up: Impeccable and Intentional. Both words would serve the purpose for me, however one word had a lasting memory. During my Masters Program I read a book, "The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz. I decided to get the book off the shelf and reread the section on Impeccable. I discovered so many wonderful sentences and quotes that I had highlighted several years ago. I didn't stop my research there, I went to my bible. I began to read scripture that spoke of the way we use words, my favorite was Proverbs 25:11.  I decided this must be my One Word of 2017: 

During 2017 I am going to diligently work on speaking impeccably about myself. I will take responsibility for my mistakes but I will not judge or blame myself. I am going to spend my energy in the direction of truth and love of myself and others, for anything else is a sin. My words can create the most beautiful dream, or can destroy everything around me. 

I do not see myself as a gossip, however I am in places or circumstances from time to time that gossip is present. It is a poison that just can not ever be good for the soul. Every person that gossip touches is effected negatively. This year I will be reminded daily to walk away from those conversations, to be happy and at peace with the world. 

Here I come 2017! 

Mrs. Hime 

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Contributing to the Culture of the School

How do you contribute to the culture of your school? Are you contributing in a positive or a negative way? Small things can make a huge difference when thinking about the culture on a campus. 

When I arrive at school (work) each morning around 6:30ish I make the decision to have a positive day. I ask myself, "How can I make a positive difference in a situation or in someone's life". I begin with saying "Good Morning" to each person (big or little) as they come through the office. It is amazing the difference that makes, it sets the tone for the day. 

Before Rise & Shine I make my way around the gym to give a quick hello and hugs to students. Some days there are students that I specifically drop by to start their day off with a kind word. A smile or encouragement can make a huge difference in the way the day will play out. 

I believe in having a Servants Heart. I am around the school campus each day and I am not afraid to to clean a bathroom, empty trash, teach a quick lesson, or to simply listen and give advice. Whatever needs to be done, we all need to pitch in and see that it is done. 

Leaving little notes for staff and students is wonderful way to boost the culture. Celebrating events in the lives of your co-workers and being exciting for even the small things in their lives will go a long way in building relationships and culture too. 

When you are able walk onto your school campus and choose to be positive in all situations, solve problems not create havoc, you will see your culture begin to change. 

Mrs. Hime 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

A Season of Serving Others and the Gift of Giving

"Tis the Season"... 

This year I have taken on our second through fourth grade Gifted and Talented group. It is comprised of nineteen students that are excited to try new things and dive into the unknown. I thought it would be a wonderful learning experience for the students  to serve others and enjoy the gift of giving during this time of year! 

We are currently in the middle of hosting a Food Drive on our campus. As of last Friday the students have collected a little over 700 food items which, along with items collected this coming week, will be donated to the local Mission House. The students announce the Food Drive each morning in Rise & Shine then collect and count the items each day.

Last Friday afternoon the students RAK'D the faculty and staff on our campus. They wrote positive messages, added a candy cane, then placed the notes on each car in our parking lots that surround our school. We even got thank you tweets! 

Our next project will begin this week, decorating sacks for the Winter Feed. The students will illustrate Christmas scenes on bags that will be filled with food and little surprises for community members that attend our district Winter Feed during the Christmas break. 

The students will end this unit of serving and giving by putting on a skit that will span over four days during all three lunches the week before break. This idea came up while our class was brainstorming ideas,  and the rest is history! 

If you want a feel good activity this time of year, get a group of seven through ten year olds, brainstorm ways to serve and give to your school and community, the benefits are endless! 

A glimpse of our week! 

Mrs. Hime 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Thankful to be an Oklahoma Educator

This Thanksgiving I am "Thankful to be an Oklahoma Educator"! 

I am thankful that I have had the opportunity to work in seven school districts (taught in six), each one different, but fabulous in their own way. I have held many positions over the years: financial secretary, cheerleading coach, test coordinator, mentor, technology integrationist, ELL, GT, and assistant principal. I have  taught high school, pre-k, and everything inbetween. I have a pretty colorful resume: Teacher of the Year and Regional K20 SKIE award winner are two highlights that I cherish. 

I have had amazing colleagues and have learned from each of them. I have had the pleasure of meeting many incredible families across the state. 

I have had sad moments in my career when students have passed away and discovering abuse of a child. I have celebrated happy moments such as when the "lightbulb" goes off and  students "get it". 

Oklahoma education is not perfect, but when I signed up for this career I knew it wasn't going to be.  I knew what I was getting into. I knew I wanted to make each day an exciting learning adventure for the students of Oklahoma. I have put my whole heart into this state for many years. I stand up for what is right, never losing sight of the fact that parents are trusting me each day with their most precious treasure. I am thankful to be an Oklahoma Educator, I love my job! 

Mrs. Hime