At one point, I had several of my students convinced that I slept in the classroom closet at night. Those students just could not imagine that I had a life outside of school. And I think a lot of students wonder about where teachers are when they are not teaching.
Where do teachers go?
I found them. Teachers, assembling en masse outside of school... where?
Twitter. Twitter is a teacher-haven. There are coordinated ed-chats, discussions between teachers and professors, ed-articles galore, education students and educational technology entrepreneurs. It is like one huge, never-ending teacher conference.
And it makes sense, all of these teachers connecting on Twitter. If you teach technology or art or first grade Special Ed, you might be the only one in your building with that job. But on Twitter? Thousands. Hundreds of thousands? Not sure, I haven't counted. But there are a lot.
I follow a lot of teachers and professors on Twitter, mostly to learn and stay connected. But lately I have been thinking about things teachers wish parents knew, and it occurred to me: ask Twitter. So I tweeted at people, and got some awesome responses from educators all over the world.
Here are 20, just for starters.
Yes, that's 21 things. Bonus for the persistent readers.
So here is my question for parents reading- what do you wish teachers knew? Leave a comment, or ask the teacher.