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The Gift of Self-Care

  1. We often encourage others but we forget to do that for ourselves. What's a positive montra you could use to start your day off in the right direction?
  2.  What's your schedule look like for the next week? Is there any you time scheduled?  What’s on your calendar the brings you joy or what could you add to it that will make you smile?
  3.  Part of self-care is knowing we can't do it alone. What is one of our favorite resources for bringing calm or balance back to your week?
  4.  We often forget the small wins, because we're focused on the bigger picture. What is a small victory you had this week we can celebrate?
  5. One easy way to participate in self-care is leaving your desk/office, where are your favorite places to go during the work day to get a change of space?
  6.  Remember we are our own worst critic. Take a common critical phrase you tell yourself and turn it into a coaching statement.
  • (You always procrastinate -> How can we calendar tasks to ensure they get done but we don't get overwhelmed)
  1.  Tag a friend you'll be accountable to this week to share one self-care success!


Admin. Relationships

Q1: How do you communicate your position and its changes with district administrators?

Q2: What do you do when your work pushes the limits of what has always been done? How do you advocate for change in protocols or policies?

Q3: How do you move initiatives forward as a TEACHER on special assignment? What are ways you garner support from admin?

Q4: How much time do you allow yourself for creative/ innovative work. How do you break away from only completing checklists and passed down work?

Q5:What are some strategies you use when supporting principals?

Q6: How do you communicate your needs to your boss?

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Q1: How do you participate in Hour of Code?

Q2: What are some reasons why participation in Hour of Code is so important?

Q3: How have you seen participation in Hour of Code change over the past few years? What has prompted that change?

Q4: How do you support teachers in implementing Hour of Code in the classroom?

Q5: How do you support teachers in taking Hour of Code beyond an hour?

Q6: What are some online and/or unplugged resources you have found for Hour of Code and beyond?



Q1: What is one thing you keep putting off but want to do before the year ends?

Q2: What is a BIG challenge you’ve already taken on this year?

Q3: What is a BIG WIN you’ve already experienced this year?

Q4: What is your favorite outside-the-box way to support your teachers?

Q5: If you were not a TOSA, what would you like to be teaching or doing instead?

Q6: If you had to sum up 2018 in one word - right now - what word would you choose?

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Work Smarter, Not Harder AKA Becoming an Efficiency Ninja

Q1: Besides email, what communication methods are you an ‘efficiency ninja’ at already?

Q2: What tasks would you like to be an efficiency ninja at and why?
Q3: Have you had to give something up that you like to become more efficient?
Q4: How have you had success with teachers by showing them an efficiency trick or tool? How did you do it?
Q5: Have you had to convince a teacher to give something up so he or she could become more efficient? How did you do it?
Q6: What is something you’ve had success and helping teachers become efficiency ninja is at? How did you do it?


Facing Your Fears

Q0:We're glad you're here. Please share your name, role, location, and image/gif of something that you fear!

Q1: Do you have a fear that you are facing at work? Have you shared this fear with anyone?

Q2: Write About It: Journaling is a strategy that is known to relieve fear. How can this strategy help you, or the teachers you support, conquer your fears?

Q3: Be Wild & Adventurous: How can tackling something new help you, or the teachers you support, face your fears?

Q4: Believe in Yourself: Live, Speak, and Think positively! How can shifting your perspective help you, or the people you support, conquer your/their fears?

Q5: Find your Tribe: How can a PLN (Personal Learning Network) help you, or the people you support, conquer your/their fears in the workplace?

Q6: Fear is an emotion that will stunt your growth. How can you help teachers move past their fears so they can grow?

Thank you slide: Thank you for joining us this week. Remember; F.E.A.R has two meanings * Forget Everything And Run AND Face Everything And Rise. The choice is yours!  Author Unknown




Q0: Introduce yourself and your role. What game or games do you have fond memories of playing now or in your youth?

Q1: What are the benefits of using games in classrooms or in professional development?

Q2: With games like Fortnite becoming wildly popular, how can we use this trend and any new trend to meet students where they are at?

Q3: What is/was your favorite game to use to use in your class? What are some apps/resources that anyone can use to gamify the learning experience?

Q4: Badging and/or Micro-Credentials can often be associated with gamification. What is one badge that you or your teachers would wear proudly?

Q5: What make games engaging and meaningful? How can  games support the 4Cs? (Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity)

Q6: Extrinsic rewards can be motivating but how do we move into intrinsic motivation through gamification? How can we use games to increase student and teacher learning?




Q0: Share a recent success you had this school year.

Q1: We all experience bursts of momentum. What causes you to "speed up?"

Q2: What are your triggers that "slow you down" and how do you address those times?

Q3: How can we be more mindful of those who are losing momentum and take action to support them?

Q4: How do you help teachers, admins, students maintain momentum?

Q5: There are bursts of momentum and there are also times of rest. What are your self-care actions to recharge before the next burst?

Q6: How can the #TOSAchat community support you during your bursts and rest?

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Q1. What is blogging? Why is blogging a valuable form of writing?

Q2. Why does the type of audience matter when blogging? Or does it?

Q3. What are the best blogging resources out there for TOSAs or teachers who want to get started?

Q4. How can we incorporate blogging into our practice?

Q5. Experienced bloggers: What advice do you have for others? New bloggers: What questions do you have as you venture into the blogging world?

Q6. BLOGGING BUDDY TIME! The best way to get started or to re-energize your blog is to get a blogging buddy! You and your buddy will keep each other accountable and give each other writing feedback. Interested? Fill out this form and we will get you paired up.



Beyond Engagement: Empowering Learners

Q1. Engaging our learners is important, but we also need to EMPOWER them. What does it mean to empower your students/teachers?

Q2. Who is someone who helped to empower you when you were young? How has their influence affected you?

Q3. Who is someone who empowers you today? How does their influence affect you?

Q4. One way to empower our learners is to help them find and share their VOICE. How do you help students or teachers see that their voices are valuable?

Q5. Another way to empower our learners is to give them CHOICE. How do you give your students/teachers choice in what and/or how they learn?

Q6. Our students/teachers often face many roadblocks. How can we empower them to see a future that includes choice?

Q7. As educators we have a unique opportunity to make positive change. What is one thing you’ve taken from this chat that will help you empower your learners?

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The Emoji Chat

  1.  What is one moment from this week that made you feel happy and why?
  2. What is something that has you thinking right now in your role? Is your question curriculum, tech or personel based?
  3. Sometimes we have difficult moments. What do you do to smile and move on?
  4. What's your tosa unicorn right now? That thing you are searching for but just can’t seem to find.
  5. How well did I communicate with others last week and how can tosas improve?
  6. How did you support teacher last week and how will you continue to do so? What can be celebrated and what needs improvement?

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Personal PD

Q1: How do you continually learn throughout the year?

Q2: What conferences do you try to attend to continue your learning and what makes them important to you?

Q3: Do you listen to Podcasts if so which ones and why?

Q4: Who do you think is a must follow learning leader? Why?

Q5: What are some must read books? Any topic you find especially worth discussing? Do you have any #BookSnaps you’ve shared?

Q6: What are your favorite peer to peer PD opportunities?

BONUS QUESTION: Please post your favorite personal or professional quote.

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Q1: The first principle of the #Supermuch Classroom is that educators foster creativity and innovation through physical and digital makerspaces. What work do you do with teachers that emulates this principle?

Q2: The second principle of #Supermuch Classroom is that educators provide opportunities for students to develop their voice and have choice. When you work with teachers, how do you promote voice and choice?

Q3: The third principle of the #Supermuch Classroom is that educators and students collaborate globally. How do you encourage teachers you work with to include global collaboration in their work?

Q4: Think about the PD you provide for teachers. In what ways is it already #supermuch? How do you know?

Q5: Which of the #supermuch principles do you find to be the most challening? Why?

Q6: We are all pretty close to the beginning of the school year. What might you do throughout the year to help your teachers develop or sustain a #Supermuch Classroom?

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Q1: Community looks different for everyone.  Describe one of your communities in 3️ words or 3️ phrases. What makes YOUR community unique?

Q2: As a connected educator, you know the power of a PLN! WHY and HOW do you help others grow and expand their communities beyond their classroom or campus?

Q3: If you could only choose to work in ONE type of community, which would it be… digital or face to face? WHY?

Q4: Building community as a TOSA is different than building a classroom community.

Besides Twitter and Voxer, what is your “go to” platform, resource, tool, or strategy for making connections with your community? Why do you use that tool?

Q5: How can we guide our teachers in helping their students build and engage in communities beyond the 4 walls of a classroom?

Q6: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”  African Proverb

Who has influenced you or made an impact on you? You know and work with so many people,

but someone once made a significant impression on you. Share some love, fill their bucket, let them know that they inspired you and helped shape the way you approach community.

Q1: Jedi Masters take on Padawan learners

to guide them in the ways of the Force.  Why is it important to have mentoring programs for new teachers?

Q2: Jedi Masters are only supposed to have one Padawan at a time, but that is not always the case for us. How do you balance the needs of multiple mentees?

Q3: The Padawans ultimate goal is to advance to the rank of Jedi Knight. How do you help your mentee to set goals? What time frame do you focus on?

Q4: Jedi Masters and Padawans learn to  fight as one, complementing each other. How do you develop that level of trust with your mentee?

Q5: Sometimes Padawans go to the Dark Side. How can a Mentor help guide their mentee to stay the course?

Q6: Please share your best piece of advice for Jedi who find themselves in a new mentoring role.

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Reflecting on the Year

Q0: What are you looking forward to during the summer?

Q1: What was the most successful part of this year for you?
Q2: What was the most challenging part of this year for you?

Q3: What were some of the most interesting discoveries you made this year?

Q4: What were some things your PLN did that helped you this year? Tag specific people, if applicable.

Q5: What are the five adjectives that best describe your year?

Q6: Knowing what you know now, if you could give yourself advice at the beginning of this year, what would you say?

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Social LEADia with Jennifer Casa-Todd

Q0: What is your favourite social media platform?

Q1: In Social LEADia, Digital Leadership is about having a positive impact on others on and offline. What are some ways you use tech to promote the positive?

Q2: What are the barriers to using social media with students and strategies to overcome theses?

Q3: Digital Leadership is about learning & sharing learning. How might we show kids a world beyond entertainment on social media?

Q4: Digital Leadership is about supporting causes, & empowering and celebrating others rather than promoting yourself. What are some ways to model this for teachers? For kids?

Q5: Students may find their “tribe” when they explore their passions. What are some ways you help teachers and/or students tap into their passions?

Q6: What is one thing you learned tonight that you will implement in the next school year?

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Q0: Share your name, role, and what connected you with becoming a coach/teacher.

Q1: First, we connect: What is a connection you have made that impacted your coaching?

Q2: Next, we wonder: Is there something you have wondered about and would like to explore further with teachers?

Q3: Then-we play: What play-based experiences have you created with your teachers?

Q4: Finally - we discover: What have you discovered about your coaching practices this year?

Q5: Reflect/Take Aways: What are your next steps to ensure you continue to grow in your field?

Q6: How could the process of Innovating Play help teachers dig deeper with their students while allowing play-based experiences?

Bonus: Click to enter a drawing for Christine Pinto’s book

Bonus 2: Join the #slowflipchat on flipgrid - flipgrid.com/iplay009

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Q0: How would you like your school community (teachers, co-workers, boss) to show appreciation to you?

Q1: Who do you appreciate?

Q2: What do you appreciate about the teachers you serve?

Q3: When or how do you show them your appreciation during a coaching session?

Q4: Where do you share your appreciation for the teachers you serve?

Q5: Why do you appreciate the teachers you work for or with?

Q6: How do you appreciate each other as TOSAs since we’re often forgotten during Teacher Appreciation Week since we aren’t always at a site?

BonusQ: Tag the teachers/TOSAs you appreciate.

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Coaching for Effectiveness with Jornea Erwin @Savvy_Educator

Q0: Welcome to #TOSAchat! Let’s Talk About Coaching!

Q1: What is the role of a coach? A coach is / A coach is not …

Q2: The day of a coach is like no other. Share ways you effectively meet the needs of various educators you serve. If you are not a coach, share ways a coach has helped to meet your needs?

 Q3: What has been your most memorable moment as a coach? Or with a coach?

Q4: What challenges/barriers do you face as a coach? With your coach?

Q5: In which ways do you leverage technology/social media to help other educators grow?

Q6: Flipgrid Question - What advice do you have for a new TOSA/Coach? 3 Lucky winners will receive a free Flipgrid Classroom account!

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One Questions Chat

What’s the right price for tools in education and why?

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Spring Inspired #TOSAchat

Intro: Describe your favorite Spring Break memory.

Q1: Spring brings blooms, life, and newness. What is something that’s blooming in your life/career?

Q2: Spring Break brings rest and relaxation. What are you resting and relaxing from?

Q3: Spring also brings Spring Cleaning. What are things you’re cleaning (literally or metaphorically) this spring?

Q4: Think of a challenging project. What motivates you to spring into action?

Q5: How do you help others spring into action when they face a challenging project?

Q6: After Spring Break, the end of the school year is near. What are you looking forward to as you prepare to end this school year?

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The Magic of TOSAchat

Get sorted into your Harry Potter house!

Q1: In Harry Potter houses are based on certain character traits the founders valued, how do you think some of your character traits impact your coaching?

Q2: Dumbledore served as a guide for Harry, never fully revealing anything to him rather letting him discover it for himself. How do you act as a guide for your teachers? And why is that important?

Q3: Draco is filled with preconceived notions pushed on him by his parents, how do you battle against preconceived notions that your teachers may have? What can you do to change their opinions?

Q4: Seamus “has a particular proclivity for pyrotechnics” what have you done that has blown up? For better or for worse?

Q5: A patronus is a positive force that can protect a wizard from soul sucking dementors, what is your Patronus? What makes you happy and keeps you pushing forward?

Q6: Harry, as the leader of Dumbledore’s Army defies authority to teach others the skills that are necessary to survive, have you ever defied authority for what you thought was right? Would you do it again?

Q7: What spell do you wish you could cast on your teachers?

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Curate the Awesome Experience

Q1:As a TOSA, share something that has made your “Special Assignment” extraordinary?

Q2: Through professional growth in your position, how have you made the TOSA experience more relevant for your colleagues & students?

Q3: What data do you use to quantify the progress of your TOSA mission & student learning?

Q4: What instructional assessment tools have you successfully implemented on a grand scale?

Q5: How do you currently curate/portfolio the awesome TOSA experience? Please share your link, if you have one.

Q6: Please share how you’ve made a tremendous impact in the teaching & learning process.

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Leap for Joy


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Maverick Teaching with Matt Miller

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The Importance of Play for Adults Powered by

#CUE18 TIKI TOSA Playground

Q1:Dr. Stuart Brown defines 'play' as "purposeless, all-consuming, and fun" What are some of your favorite ways to play?

Q2:What have been some of your most fun learning-through-play experiences as an adult learner?

Q3:When it comes to learning, where do you find the role of play? Is there such thing as too much or too little?

Q4:Is play a component of your professional developments? Please tell us how it works...or how it COULD work.

Q5:Music can be one way to help people feel more playful. What are some fun songs you play during your PD to inspire folks to play?

Q6:Big or small...how do you or how can you incorporate play into your workday?

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A Different Kind of Learning: Exploring the Inquiry Classroom with @trev_mackenzie and @rbathursthunt

Q0: How do you use technology to help personalize learning? Any favorite platforms, apps, or programs?

Q1: In what ways do you incorporate inquiry into your teaching/coaching already?

Q2: How do you introduce the concept of inquiry to your class and/or other teachers? Any favorite techniques/lessons/strategies?

Q3: What are the greatest benefits that you’ve witnessed for your learners from inquiry?

Q4: What are some of the challenges you’ve experienced in your inquiry journey?

Q5: How do you scaffold with types of inquiry to ensure students and teachers are confident in inquiry?

Q6: What advice can you give someone who is interested in adopting inquiry into their classroom?

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Integrating Technology with Meaning


Q0: Share what risk-taking means to you.

Q1: What does a lesson look like when technology is being integrated with meaning?

Q2: What are your “go-to” TOSA Tools?

Q3: What do you say to those who say they “don’t have time” for technology?

Q4: Give an example of a big win you’ve had in the classroom with technology.

Q5: What steps do you take to ensure your technology infused lesson goes as planned?

Q6: What advice would you give to someone who is struggling to integrate technology?

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Coach’s Corner: Initiatives

Q1: What initiatives is your district implementing (i.e., standards, strategies, curriculum, programs)?

Q2: Which initiatives do you support and how do you prioritize your time amongst them?

Q3: How do you support teachers that may be overwhelmed by too many initiatives on their plate?

Q4: How do you highlight the importance of the initiatives you are supporting with your teachers?

Q5:How do you encourage the teachers that just don't "buy into a particular initiative?

Q6: How can we work as a @tosachat pln to support each other in our particular initiatives?

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Q0: Name, role, and share your favorite sweet treat.

Q1: When working with teachers, what are some things you do to make your one-on-one sessions sweet?

Q2: What kinds of things do you do to sweeten up a larger-group PD?

Q3: What tool or concept do you consider to be the “eye candy” of ed tech?

Q4: Sometimes we need to “candy coat” ideas we are bringing to teachers. How do you go about doing this?

Q5: What types of education-related ideas or events make you feel like a kid in a candy store?

Q6: As we approach Valentine’s Day, think back: What’s the sweetest thing a teacher or student has ever done for you? How might you pay that forward?

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Supporting Risk Taking

Q0: Name, role and share what risk-taking means to you.

Q1: Do you consider yourself a risk-taker in your career? Why or why not?

Q2: How do you/your administrators model safe risk-taking?

Q3: How do you encourage teachers to take risks and try new things?

Q4: How do you personally (1:1) let teachers know you appreciate their willingness to invest time and energy into trying new things?

Q5: How does your district or school site recognize teachers who are willing to expend the time and energy to try new things?

Q6:  What is one thing you heard about tonight that you might want to implement?

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Steps to Success

Q0: Name one goal you have, professionally or personally, this year.

Q1: On your steps to success, how do you ensure that your steps align with your goal?
Q2: How do you avoid distractions along your steps to your goal?

Q3: What hurdles or walls do you experience that prevent you from taking steps to success? How do you overcome the hurdles?

Q4: When taking those first steps, there’s a desire and danger of seeking instant gratification. What do you do to embrace the journey?

Q5: After taking our OWN steps to success, how can we help others on their journey?

Q6: How can #TOSAchat support you on your steps to success?

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Getting Googley with Add-ons!

Q1: If you were stuck on a desert island and could ONLY bring ONE Google add-on with you what would it be? Why?

Q2: What Google add-on or extension could you not live without as a TOSA? Why?

Q3: What Google add-ons are "game-changers" for students in the classroom? How do you use them?

Q4: What Google add-on is a teacher's best friend? Why?

Q5: Other than the chrome webstore, where is the best place to find new add-ons?

Q6: What is your favorite Google add-on to use outside of work? Why?

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Back to the Grind: A Coffee Themed TosaChat

Q0: What is your favorite way to drink coffee?

Q1: Like different roasts and blends of coffee, there are many different kinds of PD. What kind of Pd do you like to participate in and which do you like to lead?

Q2: We all have our own coffee preferences, but coffee is the commonality...what commonalities can we draw on when leading PD and coaching?

Q3: What do you use to caffeinate your PD?

Q4: Drinking coffee can be a social event. How can we make PD more social like coffee drinking?

Q5: Some people aren't interested in trying new types of coffee. How do we convince the reluctant to try something new?

Q6: After a nice meal, sometimes a coffee is the best way to end. How do you close out a good PD session?

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Filling your TOSA EduCup

Q1: What are you favorite face-2-face conferences that have helped fill your TOSA #educup and have kept your practice sharp?

Q2: Youtube is the number 2 search engine world wide. Who is/are your favorite youtubers that you go to for the latest and greatest?

Q3: Besides Youtube and Twitter, there are lots of great ways to learn. What are some of your favorite books, blogs, podcasts, and beyond that help fill your #educup?

Q4: Who are some TOSA's on Twitter than inspire your practice and help fill your #educup?

Q5: Maintaining a balance between personal time and professional time is key, how do you take time to relax at home in order to make sure you are fresh for work?

Q6: At this time of year, many new teachers go into the disillusionment phase? How do you support your teachers in making sure their educup is filled during this time of year?

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Q1: If you’ve attended an EdCamp, what stands out from your experience?

Q2: EdCamps may be odd to those unfamiliar with them. What is your advice for people new to EdCamps?

Q3: How have you applied what you’ve learned or experienced at an EdCamp in your role?

For the second half of #TOSAchat, let’s experience our own kind of EdCamp. Ask your Qs, bring up your topics, engage in conversations, ...

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Hour of Code

Q1: How are you celebrating the Hour of Code?
Q2: What offline or unplugged resources can you share that support teachers that aren’t 1:1?
Q3: How can we support teachers and students who are new to coding?
Q4: How can we support teachers that have advanced coders in their classrooms?
Q5: What resources are available for CSedWeek and Hour of code? Please share.
Q6: How can we help teachers take coding above and beyond the hour of code?

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Week of 11/20/17

Thanksgiving Slowchat

As we celebrate the U.S. holiday of Thanksgiving, please share your pictures of thanks throughout the week. Include the hashtags: #TOSAchat & #tosasnaps



Q1. YESvember is about saying yes to positivity. How do you blend this being thankful in November?

Q2. What is something in your career you were reluctant to say yes to but it turned out better than expected?

Q3. There's a fine line between saying yes and being known as a yes-man. How do you toe the line so you don't become a yes man?

Q4. Do you find that you say yes too often or not often enough? How does that effect you?

Q5. What do you consider before saying yes to a big project?

Q6. How will you carry on the concept of YESvember to the other 11 months of the year?

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Your Favorites!

  1. We all have those times when we aren’t sure how a lesson is working. What is a favorite tool of yours for an Informal Assessment or exit ticket?
  2. Sometimes, we could all use a little extra practice activity with students. What is your favorite go-to for math practice (or any other subject)?
  3. Reading - the best gift a teacher can give. What are some of your favorite technology tools to use for literacy?
  4. The Scientific Method is full of failures and successes. What is a favorite tech tool you have to use with a science class?
  5. Historically speaking, technology in the classroom is relatively new. What is a hidden gem you enjoy sharing with students in a social studies classroom?
  6. As with all good lessons, we must always provide time for students to explore and review. What is a favorite tool you use for review activities in the classroom?

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The Tricks and Treats of TOSAing

  • Welcome to #TOSAChat whats your favorite Halloween activity?
  1. Trick or Treat is a common Halloween phrase, what's something you frequently say/do to celebrate with your teachers?
  2. What's something that tricked you during a PD session and how did you make it a treat?
  3. What is your favorite treat (strategy or pedagogy) to share/use during a PD?
  4. Trick or Treating is a community event, how do you reach out to your teachers/buildings/schools?
  5. Some people Trunk or Treat instead of the traditional going door to door, what’s a tradition you’ve changed as a coach?
  6. When Halloween is over pumpkins are still a great way to decorate for fall. What do you retain from one PD to another?



#Eduskeletons from our Early YearS

@edtechyoda & @cogswell_ben

Guilty pleasure Halloween treat... A creak comes from the closet, a bony arms pops out. What do you see? An #eduskeleton from the past, one of those teaching practices that you used to do in your early years of teaching, but have overcome...Thus begins...#eduskeletons from your first years of teaching.

Q1: Name one of your #eduskeletons- something you used to do which you don't do anymore, and maybe are a little ashamed of?

Q2:Why did you put that #eduskeleton away/change your practice?

Q3:What is an educational movement or trend (past or present) that should be an #eduskeleton and why?

Q4:What #eduskeleton from your early teaching has made you a better TOSA or Coach?

Q5:Who is someone that helped you get rid of you #eduskeletons and move your practice foward?

Q6:How has technology helped you overcome some of your #eduskeletons?



Take Me Out to the Ball Game

1. There is incredible excitement on Opening Day of each baseball season. What do you look forward to during “opening day” of the school year?

2. Players go through their routines while they’re on the On Deck circle. What are your routines before you step up to bat (for a demo lesson, presenting at PD, speaking to the school board, …)?

3. To close a game, the manager calls in the closer. What are your closing moves in PD as a presenter (or as a participant)?

4. Baseball players always try to avoid the disabled list (DL). What steps do you take to avoid the DL of education?

5. Ball players have to practice having short term memory of strikeouts and errors. How do you move on when you “strike out” or “commit an error?”

6. In baseball, the unassisted triple play is the holy grail on defense. On offense, it’s the Triple Crown. What is the “holy grail” you chase in your position?

7. When on the field, it’s definitely a team game. Who are your teammates you would like to give a shout out to?

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Computer Science

1. Why should we teach computer science? At what age should computer science instruction begin?
2. What are “unplugged” lessons? Why are they important?

3. How do we support teachers and other TOSAs as they begin to bring computer science into classrooms?

4. How do you determine what skills students need to learn when planning a CS lesson at various grade levels??

5. What professional development resources are available for teachers and TOSAs to learn about computer science themselves?

6. What ideas, activities, lessons or resources have you tried or want to try?

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Supporting Teachers of Our Littlest Learners

  1. The first weeks in a primary classroom can often feel like an exercise in herding kittens.
    What advice can you offer teachers of little learners on the topic of managing their classrooms?
  2. As TOSAs, our role is to support teachers, even the sometimes reluctant ones! What do you think holds some primary teachers back when it comes to implementing new practices, and how can we help them push through those hurdles?
  3. Instructional coaches are often asked to support teachers of subjects and/or grade levels they themselves have no experience teaching. How do you bridge those gaps in your own knowledge and experience?
  4. In many schools, primary-aged students often have the least access to modern tools.
    Why is it important that our littlest learners have opportunities to use technology?
  5. Our littlest learners often have limited awareness of the world beyond their school or community.
    How can we support teachers who would like to build student foundations in being creators and participants of a great big digital world?
  6. For many primary teachers, seeing is believing! Share one amazing idea, sample, or picture that shows what empowered little learners
    CAN do!

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Coaching the First Year Teacher

  1. What would you say was your biggest struggle as a new teacher? What do you wish a coach could have done to help you through it?
  2. How do you determine where to begin when supporting new teachers?
  3. How do you prioritize support when you are coaching a new teacher who needs support in multiple areas?
  4. As coaches, it is important that we maintain confidentiality and build trust with all of our teachers. How do you manage this and still work with administrators to support new teachers?
  5. What is a win you have had so far this year in supporting a teacher who is new to education or who is new to working with you?
  6. What one piece of advice would you give to a new teacher at this point in the school year?


Digital Citizenship

1. Why should we teach digital citizenship and online safety in school?
2. How do we model digital citizenship ourselves?
3. Do generational gaps impact the way we teach and support teachers with digital citizenship? Why?
4.How can we best support teachers as they learn how to teach digital citizenship and online safety?
5. What existing PD options have you used for training teachers in digital citizenship and online safety?
6. Where can you find the best resource for teaching students about digital citizenship and online safety?


Alphabet Soup. How do you help Teachers with CIPA, COPPA, SOPIPA & FERPA compliance in the classroom?

Intro: Whats a funny alternate acronym for CIPA, COPPA or FERPA?

Q1. What interests you about student data privacy? What would you like to know more about.

Q2. What do you do to engage your teachers about student data privacy?

Q3. Do your students know their rights? How would you share them?

Q4. What does your district do to ensure student data privacy compliance? What would you like them to do?

Q5. How do you handle situations where well-intentioned teachers are using non-compliant digital tools?

Q6. What’s your favorite app that's student data privacy compliant?

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The One

Q1: What is One JOY you’ve experienced this school year?

Q2: What is One struggle you had recently?

Q3: What is One new tool, new goal you have for your school year?

Q4: What is One task/project/initiative that you’re looking forward to completing and why?
Q5: What is One regret you have in your career or One thing you wish you can change and why?
Q6: What is One advice you would give others that you wished you knew for yourself?

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Moving your Staff: Innovators to Laggards and Everything in Between

Q1: What does the Diffusion of Innovation theory mean to you?

Q2: How can the Diffusion of Innovation theory help you better understand and work with your staff?

Q3: How do you balance the different groups as far as percentage of time and energy?

Q4: In what specific ways do you support your innovators & early adopters to help keep pushing them forward?

Q5: What kind of energy do you put into the laggards or late adopters or how do you keep them from bringing others down?

Q6: How do you reach the early majority to help accelerate their movement forward?

Q7: What was your biggest take-away from tonight's chat?

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Try New Things

Q1: What is one tool you would like teachers to try this school year?

Q2: What is one tool you wish your teachers would STOP using?

Q3: Is there a strategy that you would like to try in working with teachers?

Q4:  will you get more teachers involved in PD sessions?

Q5: What is one thing you would like to improve upon for yourself?

Q6: What is your one take away from tonight?

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#TOSAchat 2nd Anniversary Chat

Q1: #TOSAchat is celebrating its 2nd anniversary. How has this tribe impacted your career?

Q2: Reflecting on your career so far, what has been an incredible growth experience?

Q3: How do you keep growing as a TOSA? As an educator?

Q4: How do you help your teachers/team partners/colleagues grow?

Q5: What are specific growth goals for your coming year?

Q6: How would you like to see #TOSAchat grow?

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Summer 2017



June 12, 2017: As we begin summer and our #TOSAchat summer slowchat with the theme of RECHARGE for the first half of summer, how do you recharge during the summer?

June 19, 2017: Continuing our theme of RECHARGE, how do you recharge during the school year? What do you plan to do differently next year? What will you continue to do to recharge next year?

June 26, 2017: RECHARGING our minds, bodies, artistic eye, … What area(s) are you focusing on this summer?

July 3, 2017: As we enter the July 4th holiday, how do you RECHARGE with your friends and family to celebrate?

July 10, 2017: #TOSAchat’s summer slowchat shifts to a second theme of PROFESSIONAL LEARNING. What professional learning are you looking forward to?

July 17, 2017: What PROFESSIONAL LEARNING structure do you use for yourself during the school year?

July 24, 2017: What hashtag or chat do you recommend to our #TOSAchat community for others explore for PROFESSIONAL LEARNING?

July 31, 2017: What PROFESSIONAL LEARNING book do you recommend and/or are looking forward to reading?

August 7, 2017: What has been your most influential PROFESSIONAL LEARNING experience this summer?


#TOSAchat Matrix Revolutions

Q0: The Matrix is a trilogy. What is your favorite movie trilogy?

Q1: Agent Smith has found a way to duplicate himself. What problem seems to always replicate and return in your life?

Q2: Temet Nosce - Know Thyself. What choice have you faced/are facing that you need to look introspectively?

Q3: “It is inevitable.” - Agent Smith. What have you been fighting that you must inevitably let go of?

Q4: Everything that has a beginning has an end. What does that mean to you?
Q5: In Matrix Revolutions, Neo dies for what he believes. What hill will you die on?

Q6: In the trilogy, Neo succeeded with the help of others. Who are your supporters (no matter the size of their role or impact)?

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True Confessions of an EdTech TOSA pt. 2

Q1: What is one aspect of work-life balance that you need to explore?

Q2: What is a scheduling tool that helps you manage your TOSA life?

Q3: What is a Google tool you don’t know how to use yet?

Q4: What is one new tool that you taught yourself this year because someone you support wanted to learn it too?

Q5: What is one app or tool you are embarrassed to admit you’ve never used?

Q6: What is your plan for some summer-time PD?

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Creation, Play and Inquiry with Primary Students

Q1: There's no doubt that play develops curiosity in students.

How can we support primary teachers to use play as a vehicle for content and instruction?

Q2: Primary teachers set many important learning foundations. How can we help develop foundations in young students’ inquiry and creative thinking?

Q3: Inquiry-based instruction builds upon children’s natural curiosity by encouraging students to investigate their own questions.
How do we support primary teachers with taking off the training wheels and letting young students drive?

Q4: Many teachers worry about time. How can we support teachers who worry that exploration & play don’t fit into their busy schedule?  

Q5: Giving students choice in how they “show what they know” provides students with multiple paths to accessing learning. How can we help teachers who may feel like a worksheet is the only way to demonstrate mastery?

Q6: With increased technology integration in primary classrooms, both teachers and parents have concerns about excessive screen time.

How do we equip teachers to make good decisions about screen time, and give counsel to parents?

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Dive into Inquiry Trevor MacKenzie

Q1: In what ways do you incorporate inquiry into your teaching already?

Q2: How do you introduce the concept of inquiry to your class? Any favorite techniques, lessons, & strategies?

Q3: If good inquiry leads to more questions, how do you encourage learners to explore those questions?

Q4: What are the greatest benefits you’ve witnessed for your learners from inquiry?

Q5: What advice can you give to someone who is interested in adopting inquiry in their classroom?

Q6: What was a takeaway from tonight's chat?

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The #TOSAchat Matrix Reloaded

Q0: What situation would you like a reload/rest with?

Q1: Agents in The Matrix Reloaded were upgraded from the first movie. What upgrade do you could experience?

Q2: In The Matrix Reloaded, Neo searches for answers from the Oracle. What problem are you facing and what answers are you searching for?

Q3: Where is your Zion? - Your home base where you regroup?

Q4: Morpheus unwaveringly believes and follows the prophecy. What do you believe that is unwavering?

Q5: When bullets (negativity, …) fly, Neo stops the bullets in flight. How do you handle bullets that fly at you?

Q6: Neo chooses the door that leads back to Trinity. Who or what is behind that door for you?

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Teacher Appreciation!

Q1: Share a shout-out to a teacher that has helped you grow as an educator (don't forget to tag them!)

Q2: Shout-out to a teacher that has gone out of their way to help you.

Q3: What is the best non-tangible gift you have received at work? Who gave it to you? Why was it special?

Q4: Shout-out to a teacher that helps keep you grounded when the world seems topsy-turvy.

Q5: OK it's GO time! Quote this Tweet and tag some amazing educators to thank them!

Q6: We have a SPECIAL opportunity to share your appreciation for the amazing teachers in your life. Join us as we #ThankATeacher during month of May! Please upload a video to this @flipgrid thanking a teacher that has made an impact on you. Everyone who shares a video will be entered to win some awesome prizes for you AND your special teacher! Check out the list of prizes here!

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Getting Past Cliches and Getting Real

Q1: Is there a cliche or eduspeak that you use and wish you or others didn’t use? What is it?

Q2: Pick a buzzword, eduspeak term, or edu-cliche and come up with a plain-english way to say/explain it.

Q3: Does the use of eduspeak, like “aha-moment” instead of “realization” or “epiphany” actually increase clarity of communication?

Q4: Not everybody uses your  particular cliches & edu-speak.
How can avoiding it get more people on board with technology integration?

Q5: If language is the basis of thought what does being heavily dependent on eduspeak say about our ability to think critically and promote critical thinking?

Q6: Do you find yourself being overly cautious with your words because of other people's egos and feelings?  Would being up front with teachers build trust or hurt relationships? Explain!

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One Question Chat

How do you flip the attitude of negative teachers who don't like change?

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Inspired #TOSAchat

Q0: Who is your Oracle? - the person you go to for answers.

Q1: “I know Kung Fu.” - Neo. What skill do you wish you could learn from a program just by jacking in?

Q2: Follow the white rabbit. Who/what was your white rabbit that you were reluctant to follow but were glad you did?

Q3: Red pill or blue pill. What tough decision have you faced lately?

Q4: The woman in the red dress. What’s a distractor in your life that you can’t shake?

Q5: Free your mind. What are you holding onto?

Q6: “There is no spoon” is all about bending your mind. When have you bent your mind to see the seemingly impossible?

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Using Video Feedback in Coaching with Jornea Erwin @Savvy-Educator

1 Question Flipgrid Style TOSAChat

Question: How can you use video and video feedback for coaching?

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Flipgrid Link


EdTech Treasures of a Connected Educator

Q1: What are some new apps or tools that you have begun to implement after #cue17 or another conference you have attended?

Q2: A connected EdTech educator makes an effort to find new tools on a regular basis. What are your favorite ways of searching for EdTech treasures?

Q3: After finding your EdTech Treasures, what are your next steps for implementation?

Q4: Aside from participating in our weekly #tosachat, what other ways do you connect with other educators and see what new treasures they have discovered?

Q5: How do you keep all your EdTech treasures organized, easy to find, accessible and ready to share?

Q6: What do you aspire to accomplish next : a blog, newsletter, youtube channel, more twitter chats. ect...

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Pause, Reflect, Restart

Q1/Pause: Starting with @EdTechAri's #metime, how are you feeling at this time of year, and what are you doing to support your well being?

Q2/Pause: Recently, where have you found a piece of learning that has impacted you? This could be from a conference, blog post, Twitter, or a real life colleague. Share any resources you have.

Q3/Reflect: How has this recent piece of learning impacted your practice or knowledge?

Q4/Reflect: What makes this new learning so important to the overall field of education?

Q5/Restart: How do you plan on sharing this learning with others? Be as specific as you can.

Q6/Restart: How are you going to hold yourself or your colleagues accountable to this new learning in the next few months?

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Coaching IN the Classroom

Q1: What are the elements of a successful coaching process?

Q2: When is it appropriate to model vs co-teach a lesson?

Q3: How do you get teachers to agree to have you co-plan/teach a lesson with them?

Q4: What does your pre-planning conversation look like?

Q5: How do you follow up? What questions do you ask?

Q6: How do you support the teacher during class when you model or coteach?

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To Train or to PD? That is the question with Josh Harris

Q1: Is there a difference between “Training” and “Professional Development”? If so what is it?

Q2: Are both training and Professional Development necessary?

Q3: How does one balance what professional development needs to be offered (necessary foundational skills & district mandates) with what is in demand by client-teachers?

Q4: How does one align what is needed and demanded, so Ts demand what the organization’s vision necessitates they learn/apply?

Q5: How can we support various teacher's needs & expertise during training or PD we lead?

Q6: How can we continue to support teachers after our PD or training is over?

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Blogging for Teachers and Students Alike with Judy Blakeney

Q1:What is your experience with blogs? Reading, writing, following...

Q2: "Which blog(s) do you read regularly and why?

Share a link!"

Q3: If you write/were to write a blog, identify some of your passions and points of expertise.

Q4: How do you involve students in blogging/ writing/reflecting or even micro-blogs?

Q5: What blogging tools do you (can you) use with students?

Q6: What student passions/interests could you grow through blogging?

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#TreatYoSelf - A TOSA’s guide to Me Time with Ari @edtechari

Q1:Often we feel like our me time has to be productive. Do you find your hobbies related to your work? How do you know if this is draining you or not?

Q2:What are ways you allow yourself to “say no” when you’re starting to sense that your plate is too full?

Q3:What’s something you do to mentally or emotionally disconnect from work when you’re not there, that you’d encourage others to try?

Q4:We hear a lot about work-life balance. Does it have to be “50-50” for you? Why/why not?

Q5:It doesn't matter how much time you can take, look at your calendar and find a spot where you can do something for you this week. Share it with the group!

Q6:Remember me time can be social, how can you involve others in taking a step away from work?

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LOVE - An Acronym for Coaching

Q1: Gary Chapman suggests there are 5 love languages - Gifts, Words of Affirmation, Quality of Time, Acts of Service, and Physical Tough. What is the love language you offer and/or need?

Q2: L-Leadership. How do you demonstrate loving leadership with the teachers you work with?

Q3: O-Opportunities. How do you create opportunities for colleagues to learn and grow?

Q4: V-Voice. How do you promote opportunities for student and teacher voice?

Q5: E-Energy. Where do you go to find the energy to keep going when times are tough?

Q6: Which part of this LOVE-Acronym for Coaching is your glow area or grow area?

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Q1: What was a professional choice you’re glad you made?

Q2: What choice are you facing that is difficult to make?

Q3: What do you want to stop doing?

Q4: What choice have you made in the past that you’ve reflected and learned from?

Q5: What might you consider doing to help you meet your goals?

Q6: How will you incorporate reflection to improve your life and choices you face?

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Let’s Get Organized!

Q1: What is one area of strength you have in organization?

Q2: Share a tool or resource that has helped you be more organized.

Q3: Organization is always a work in progress. What's one area you want to improve?

Q4: How do you ensure that one task doesn't become a time suck?

Q5: What tip or trick do you have to make sure a 911 priority gets completed on time?

Q6: What was a takeaway from tonight's chat?

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The Follow Up!


Q1: Starting with the why...why do you think it is important to follow up or close the coaching cycle?

Q2: How and when do you follow up with teachers?

Q3: What is your go to debrief question? How do you open the conversation?

Q4: How do you ensure you stay consistent in your follow up with all teachers while balancing your workload?

Q5: How do you follow up on a lesson or coaching session gone wrong?

Q6: What is a resource that you might share with a teacher as part of your follow up?

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Student Centered Learning through Apps-

Nearpod ( @josh_nearpod) and Doceri (@doceri_jason )

 Q1: If you were a Unicorn what would your Unicorn name be?

Q2: What is your EdUnicorn for your schools, classrooms, and teachers? That elusive and rare combo of analogue and digital teaching tools/ skills?

Q3: A classroom is a teacher’s kingdom. What does your kingdom have in it to make a magical learning environment?

Q4: King Arthur had a round table. No head of the table. How can teachers truly have a classroom with no head of the room?

Q5: Sometimes it’s not all rainbows and stars. How do you encourage movement and collaboration in a kingdom of SQUISH?

Q6: With tech we are no longer bound by our kingdoms’ 4 walls. Could VR lessons be a fix for kingdoms of great limitations ?

Q7: Students are full of magic and glittery power-filled thoughts. How do you recommend teachers capture that power in their lessons?

Q8: If you could be King or queen of EduVana what would you decree so our students’ futures will be shimmery rainbow brilliant?

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Start with WHY! with Veronica Godinez (@msvgodinez) and Crystal Villegas (@AASMsVillegas)

Q1: Be honest. What lead you to teaching?

Q2: What excites you most about teaching/coaching?

Q3: How do you share your passions with others?

Q4: How have your passions come to life in your teaching?

Q5: How do you use your unique strengths/gifts with others?

Q6: How do you know your passions & strengths are impacting education?

BONUS Q: WHY STATEMENT (Fill in the Blanks)

To _________

(Your contribution)

so that _______________. (Your impact)

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New Year

Q1: What is your one word for 2017?

Q2: What are two goals you have for yourself professionally?

Q3: What are two goals you have for yourself personally?

Q4: How does your one word help you achieve your personal goals?

Q5: How does your one word help you achieve your professional goals?

Q6: How can #TOSAChat help you support you in achieving your goals in 2016?

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12/20/16 -


The 12 Days my PLN Gave to me ...

Twitter Challenge

12/20/16: On the 12th Day of #TOSAChat my PLN gave to me ... Share 12 useful hashtags.

12/21/16: On the 11th Day of #TOSAChat my PLN gave to me ... Follow 11 new people.

12/22/16: On the 10th Day of #TOSAChat my PLN gave to me ... Tag 10 people who made an impact on you this year.

12/23/16: On the 9th Day of #TOSAChat my PLN gave to me ... Awesome bloggers (tag them).

12/24/16: On the 8th Day of #TOSAChat my PLN gave to me ... Sum up 2016 in 8 words or less.

12/25/16: On the 7th Day of #TOSAChat my PLN gave to me ... 7 chats to check out.

12/26/16: On the 6th Day of #TOSAChat my PLN gave to me ... 6 favorite book recommendations.

12/27/16: On the 5th Day of #TOSAChat my PLN gave to me ... 5 favorite tech tools.

12/28/16: On the 4th Day of #TOSAChat my PLN gave to me ... 4 favorite photos from 2016.

12/29/16: On the 3rd Day of #TOSAChat my PLN gave to me ... Top 3 TOSAChat topics of 2016.

12/30/16: On the 2nd Day of #TOSAChat my PLN gave to me ... 2 goals for the new year.

12/31/16: On the 1st Day of #TOSAChat my PLN gave to me ... One reflective blog and/or your #OneWord for 2017.

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Game Show: “What Would You Do?” style questions all about how to stay positive and effective amidst negativity and apathy.

Jenna (from Lake County) Rodgers

Q1. Here’s your first scenario: You’re meeting with a group of teachers, sharing the details of strategies and tools, when a teacher sits back, crosses their arms and tells you “my kids can’t do that.” What do you do?

Q2. All right, contestants, here comes your next scenario: You are asked to do a coaching cycle for a school site. You do your first round of observations and, universally, you see students sitting in rows, books open, and teachers standing and delivering their lessons. What do you do?

Q3. For this next scenario, you will need to pretend that you have created a training of some sort. Imagine that you’ve spent hours putting together content and creating ways to deliver that content in a fun and engaging way. The day of the training comes, and one person shows up. What do you do?

Q4. The next scenario is coming at you now. Imagine that you are sitting in the staff room, eating your lunch, chatting about last night’s “Game of Thrones” when you overhear a teacher say “I taught it, if they didn’t learn it, it’s not my problem. They need to pay attention.” What do you do?

Q5. For this scenario, you need to channel your inner-email-self. Imagine that you have sent the same email to an individual 11 times, you’ve left voicemails, and they still haven’t responded. You need an answer. What do you do?

Q6. Here comes the next scenario.  Your supervisor is not a strong leader, and allows people to phone-in their performance, ignores troublesome behaviors, and doesn’t talk with people who show up late or leave early. What do you do?

Q7. Bonus Round: How do you battle apathy in administrators and teachers?

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Multigen Workplace - Working with Millennials and All with Jennifer Abrams and Joe Young

Intro Q: What year did you graduate high school and what generation do you identify with (Boomers, Xers, Millennials)?

Q1: What does it mean to be generational savvy?

Q2: Have you noticed generational communication snafus? On email? In face to face meetings?

Q3: Agree or Disagree …

Boomers, born 1944-1964, are said to be more group-oriented and relationship focused.

Xers, born 1964-1980, are said to be blunt and disrespectful of authority.

Millennials, born 1980-2000, are said to be a little too close to their parents still in their 20s.

Q4: What challenges do TOSAs and teacher leaders face in your school/district in relation to generational differences?

Q5: What type of challenges do you find with Gen X parents?

Q6: With so many Boomers retiring in the next decade, how will that change your district/school?

Bonus Q7: What are the implications of tonight’s learning for your work at your site?

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Mindfulness, Emotional Intelligence, and Positive Psychology in the classroom with Roni Habib

Participate Learning Transcript from Part 1 on October 3, 2016

Q1: What made you want to become a teacher?

Q2: How does your experience of being a teacher compare to your initial hopes and dreams of what it would be like to be a teacher? There is no right or wrong answers here, just be honest with your experience and share what you’re willing to share, whether it’s positive or challenging?

Q3: If you had full control of your school, what would you do to make teachers’ jobs less stressful, more fun and enjoyable, and more fulfilling? What do you see gets your teachers most engaged and excited?

Q4: What do you wish you could get the most support with in your daily life as a teacher or a TOSA?

Q5: What comes up for you when you think about doing less work and tending to yourself more?

Q6: If you were to write daily affirmations that reflect what you want to see in your work life, what would they be? I.e:  Each day I am excited, inspired and full of energy and creativity and I make massive positive changes in my students lives for the better.  Each day I work peacefully and gently and efficiently with my co- workers, co- creating a more productive and peaceful school.

Bonus Q7: What makes professional development awesome, or less than awesome?

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Hour of Code

Q1: What type of event does your school or district host for Hour of Code?
Q2: What are some of the resources you have used to teach code?
Q3: What advice can be given to a teacher that would like to start teaching code?
Q4: How does coding help foster life skills?
Q5: How do you get reluctant teachers on board with coding?
Q6: What are some ways to learn coding without a computer?

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Cognitive Coaching - Part 2

Participate Learning transcript from Cognitive Coaching - Part 1

Intro: List your top three qualities of effective coaches/coaching.

Q1: What are essential parts of your coaching sessions?

Q2: What coaching techniques do you always keep in mind in your sessions?

Q3: Arthur Costa and Robert Garmston’s Cognitive Coaching: A Foundation for Renaissance Schools identifies two types of questions: Clarifying and Mediative Questions. How do they affect your coaching session?

Q4: A concern for Consciousness, Connection, Competence, Contribution, and Creativity. Which of these are you strong in? Which are areas for growth?

Q5: “Your words and what you say must be congruent with your body language.” ~ Unknown. How does this statement speak to us as coaches?

Q6: Coaching is all about finding balance between the coach and coachee. How do you maintain balance?

Q7: How do positive presuppositions impact your coaching sessions?

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Fall Back - Daylight Saving Time Ends

Intro: How does the time change of Daylight Saving Time affect you?

Q1: Fall Back - In terms of time change - This time change gives us an extra hour. If you could have an extra hour every day what would you do with it?

Q2: Fall Back - In terms of safety net - What is your fall back lesson when nothing goes right?

Q3: Fall back - In terms of work - If tomorrow you can’t teach / coach anymore, what is your fall back job?

Q4: Fall back - In terms of change - What is something you want to change or should change in your life / work right now?

Q5: Fall back - In terms of your PLN - How can we fall back on our Twitter PLN during the crazy holidays, reports cards, and parent conferences?

Q6: Fall back - In terms of Twitter - What was your first tweet? Use https://discover.twitter.com/first-tweet to find out. How have you changed since your first tweet?

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The Haunts of Coaching - Part 2

Intro: Tweet pictures of your or your kids’ Halloween costume.

If possible, tweet pictures of the costumes of the trick or treaters.

Q1: You’re about to drive to facilitate a PD session and your car is out of gas, you have no cell service to request Uber, & you’re all alone. What do you do?

Q2: What’s been the biggest hurdle of your position this year?

Q3: How do you overcome teachers refusing your work?

Q4: How do you overcome principals not supporting your work?

Q5: Tomorrow (the day after Halloween) you’re asked to … name the thing you dread the most.

Q6: What is the treat you can’t get enough of?

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Feedback - Breakfast of Champions with Ben Cogswell, Tom Covington, and Michael Jephcott

Q1:When do you gather feedback, and what types of feedback do you gather?

Q2:Which tools, methods and/or incentives do you use to collect feedback?

Q3:What is the best type of feedback to get? (short answer, radio, true/false, MC)

Q4:If you do, how do you publish your feedback? What are some of the benefits of publishing it?

Q5:So you received all this awesome feedback, now what do you do with it?

Q6:Since this is all about Feedback, we would like to close by asking if you could you share an example of a feedback form you use?

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Cognitive Coaching
Part 1

Q1: Coaching is linked to higher test scores according to the State Board of North Carolina. Is this true in your experience? Why or why not?

Q2: What are specific strategies you use to promote progress with difficult team members?

Q3: How do you respond when staff members disagree with your viewpoint?

Q4: As an instructional coach, you notice a new teacher is immersed in a five-day lecture-style unit that’s not in the pacing guide or standards map. How would you address this?

Q5: During one of your coaching sessions, you see chaos in the classroom. How would you address this?

Q6: How do you judge the impact of your work?

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Putting the FUN in PD

Q1: What is your favorite song or playlist you use to get people pumped up for PDs?

Q2: What is your favorite YouTube video to get people energized and inspired?

Q3: How do you encourage participation in your professional development series and sessions?

Q4: What activities or structures do you use to get colleagues to collaborate with each other?

Q5: What are some experiences you have had with gamification? What online resources do you use to gamify your PD?

Q6: What are your next steps after this chat?

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Mindfulness, Emotional Intelligence, and Positive Psychology in the classroom with @Roni_Habib

Q1: What does teaching students social and emotional intelligence (or SEL skills) mean to you?  And is it the responsibility of every teacher to teach these skills to students or only a subset of teachers (like the PE teachers or Social Science teacher)?

Q2: What is the role of games, mindfulness exercises and connection rituals in the classroom and in schools?  Do they have any role to play and if so, how big of a role?

Q3: As educators, we all experience stress and dysregulation from time to time, what are some of the things in your daily work that cause you anxiety, stress, and the feeling of overwhelm?  What are some things that help you deal with these difficult feelings?

Q4: What methods have you used in your classroom to help your students feel calmer, more at peace, happier, and more connected to one another?  Or what methods have you seen other teachers or administrators use?

Q5: Do you think that prioritizing students' and teachers' wellness can deepen the academic learning in the classroom and increase academic achievement?  If so, do you think schools are spending an adequate amount of time focusing on students' and teachers' wellness?

Q6: What do you do on a daily basis to maintain or increase your wellbeing so that you can be happier, thrive, and have your students can get the best of you?

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When it all goes wrong with Rocky Logue

Q1: Let's get started right. What is the worst, most difficult, unlucky, unfortunately, generally absurd day you've had in education?

Q2: So...a backup plan. Do you have one? Do you have a go to when all the lights are out and the WiFi is down?

Q3: You planned the perfect presentation or the perfect lesson. you've tested everything, you deliver it and...it's a flop. what next?

Q4: Troubleshooting...wait troubleshooting under pressure. I think in our tech culture it gets lost. How do you prepare Ts & Ss for when YOU have to make sure it all works on the fly?

Q5: So who is your go to fix it person? When the lights don't come on who is your savior?

Q6: How do you get Ts and Ss how to function, when it ALL goes WRONG? How do you teach them to deal with disaster?

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Succeed Together with RemindHQ

Q1: How do you build school community and spirit?

Q2: What are creative ways you communicate with your class, team, or school?

Q3: How do you help or educate students when they’re not at school?

Q4: How do you encourage parents to become partners in student learning?

Q5: How do you reach families who don’t have consistent access to internet or devices?

Q6: How do you show transparency or accountability with communication?

Q7: How do you connect or collaborate with other teachers or your principal to help your school #SuccessTogether?

Q8: How might we make growing and succeeding together fun?

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Lessons Learned from Hot Pockets - with Mari Venturino  & Lindsey Blass

Q1: There are all kinds of Hot Pockets! What are some “flavors” of PD you enjoy?

Q2: Just like Hot Pockets, PD can be neatly packaged for single-servings. What makes an effective PD session?

Q3: Hot Pockets marketing campaign aims at making you “Hunger for more” of those tasty little morsels. How can you make your PD audience hunger for more?

Q4: Microwaving is tough, and often there are super hot and/or super cold areas, even when all the directions are followed. How can we improve PD to make it more “evenly cooked”?

Q5: As always, homemade is better than frozen. What ingredients would you add in to your PD to improve the flavor and/or quality?

Q6: The big food trend is deconstructed anything. How can we deconstruct PD, without making it feel like a trend or a fad?

Q7: Eating the same flavor of hot pocket day after day can get old. Facilitating the same session also gets old. How do you add variety to your PD sessions to keep things fresh?

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Beg, Borrow,  Steal

Q1: Kicking it off with begging, borrow, and stealing, please share an classroom activity you have done lately that we can steal some awesome ideas from.

Q2: Share a resource, tip, or idea you have gotten for calendering your work, managing your schedule and/or booking appointments.

Q3: On that topic, what tips or tricks do you have for organizing and curating your resources?

Q4: Speaking of sharing, what’s a tip or trick you use to make your presentation or PD more awesome!

Q5: Balance is important in our work. What tips do you have on staying mindful of the work/home life balance?

Q6: Most good ideas come from somewhere, tag some tweeps that you always beg, borrow, or steal from!

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GAFE in K-2

Q1: The role of the primary grades is to set foundations for a lifetime of learning success. Why is it important that our littlest learners have opportunities to use technology?

Q2: As TOSAs, our role is to support teachers, even the sometimes reluctant ones! What do you think holds some primary teachers back when it comes to implementing technology, and how can we help them push through those hurdles?

Q3: Let's talk ELA! What are some ways that #GoogleforEDU can be used to support early literacy?

Q4: Math Rocks! What are some ways that #GoogleforEDU can be used to build foundations in number sense and numeration?

Q5: Getting Started: In your opinion, which #gafe tool would be a good starting place for a teacher just beginning the Primary tech integration journey?

Q6: For many K-2 teachers, seeing is believing! Share one amazing idea, sample, or picture that shows us that K-2 Can, Too!

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Goal Setting and Accountability

Q1: What goals or focus points do you have planned for the upcoming school year?

Q2: What support or resources will you need to better ensure your goals/focus will be successful? Please share resources you have that can help others.

Q3: How do you balance short-term, mid-term, and long-term goals?

Q4: TOSAs keep each other accountable. What goal do you have for yourself? Specifically just for you?

Q5: TOSAs keep each other accountable. What will you do this year to care for yourself (non-work related)?

Q6: Similar to last year’s October Blogging Accountability Partners, would you like to be paired with an accountability partner with your goals?

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#TOSAChat’s First Anniversary

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Icebreaker Q: This is #TOSAChat’s first anniversary. With this gift of time, what has #TOSAChat meant to you?

Q1: Looking forward, what is the most exciting part about starting this school year?

Q2: Looking back at this last year, what changes can you make in your role for this first month?

Q3: As a TOSA how can you support newer teachers or teachers in need of extra support get their year started off right? What resources do you have to share?

Q4: We’ve all grown with #TOSAChat from the power of our PLN. What are some ways to get your colleagues connected to their PLN?

Q5: What are your plans for the first few weeks of school? Please share any resources you think would be valuable to other TOSAs.

Q6: Looking forward to this new year of #TOSAChat, what topics would you like to explore?

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Summer SlowChat Q for the week: Leveraging social media to maximize learning

How do you use Twitter for a positive and meaningful professional learning experience?




Summer SlowChat Q for the week: Books

Summer Reading for School Year Reading

What book did you love this summer that others NEED to read?




Summer SlowChat Q for the week: Reflection

What has been the most rewarding part of this summer? How will that help you serve your community of teachers this upcoming school year?




Summer SlowChat Q for the week: Taking Risks - Do the impossible

What have you avoided doing in your teaching practice, or what would you risk in the classroom, even if you failed forward?


Surprise #TOSAChat Endless Summer

Q1: We all have our Endless Summer Search… What is the perfect Tech you are searching for?

Q2: What non edu adventures have you been on this summer?

Q3: Read any good books this summer? Please share!

Q4: How do you keep learning but still recharge over the summer?

Q5: What kind of tech have you or do you plan on using this summer that is non-educational for recreational fun?

Q6: If you could have an "Endless Summer" into the school year what would it look like in the classroom?

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Summer SlowChat Q for the week: Independence Day

Happy Independence Day!

What do you fight for?

What are you fighting for?



Summer SlowChat Q for the week: Non-Technology Activities/Projects

Besides #edtech, what other activities, projects, or trainings have you done? Why or Why not?


Summer SlowChat Q for the week:

DIY and Summer Projects Theme

Innovation does not require the newest tools. With summer comes time for DIY projects and repurposing. Repurpose a technology tool. Share some new uses or lesson ideas with your favorite tech tools?


Summer SlowChat Q for the week:

Something you’d like to improve upon for next year

What is one thing that you’d like to improve for next school year? (a skill, a task, a relationship, etc.)


Engaging Parental Units with Amber Kraver

Before we discuss how we can help bridge the divide between home and school - Introduce yourself! [Name, Role, Location, Share a pic that reminds you of your own personal memory of an educational experience you had with a parent (or parent figure!)]

Q1:  Jumping RIGHT in … The research shows parental involvement improves educational outcomes, how do you help and encourage teachers to incorporate parental involvement? Tools? Tips?

Q2: What are some challenges

you and your teachers

face in engaging parents? Technology or otherwise.

Q3: How are you stepping

into and overcoming

the challenges of

parental involvement?

Q4: What hard questions have you or your teachers faced from parents? Technology related or otherwise. How have you addressed those?

Q5: Learning needs to move to a more student-led model (and parents need to let their kids fail & succeed - not doing the work for them.) How do you coach parents (or coach teachers to coach parents!) about parents: volunteering or with homework assistance ... to support more student-led learning?

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Remembering Great Educators with @twhalen805

Q1: Who was the best teacher you have ever had? It can be anyone who has ever inspired you to learn anything (other than a family member). Old bosses should be considered as well. What made them so special?

Q2: Tell us about a time when you have "channeled" a great teacher.

Q3: As a TOSA, what did you learn as a child that can help you teach an adult learner on the job today?

Q4: No one gets left behind on Memorial Day. Without naming names, try to remember a real bad teacher. What are some of the things that they taught you about poor instructional leadership?

Q5: If you could turn back time, what wise person from the past would you love to sit down with and learn good leadership tips from?

Q6: What do you want your students to say about you in the future?


True Confessions of an EdTech TOSA

Q1: What is one thing you don't know how to do…yet?

Q2: If your teachers had to confess one topic or issue that they struggle with the most, what do you think it would be?

Q3: How do you help teachers overcome the fear of “confessing” things they need to know?

Q4: What is one app or tool you are embarrassed to admit you’ve never used?

Q5: What do you think is a grossly underused app or tool that people need to learn about?

Q6: Fess up - what is one tool or app that you think admins really need to use more?

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Finish Strong with @NevadaEdchat

Q1: What is a project or assignment you always save for the end of the year?

Q2: What are some reflections from this year, that will help guide the beginning of next year?

Q3: At the end of the year, how do you get feedback from your students?

Q4: How do you "NOT" count the days till the end of the school year & keep the focus on learning?

Q5: What is one lesson or project idea from this past year that you want to share to others?

Q6: What is one resource or tool that you used this year that you couldn't live without?

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My Favorite Teaching Song by Tom Whalen @twhalen805

Q1: "I can almost see it.

That dream I'm dreaming,

But there's a voice inside my head saying,

'You'll never reach it.'"

What dream are you dreaming this week?

Q2: "There's always gonna be another mountain

I'm always gonna wanna make it move

Always gonna be an uphill battle

Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose."

What is that one mountain that you really want to move ?

Q3: "Ain't about how fast I get there

Ain't about what's waitin' on the other side" What's waitin' on the other side?

Q4: “The struggles I’m facing

The chances I’m taking

Sometimes might knock me down,

But I’m not breaking”

What struggles  are you facing? What chances are you taking?

Q5: “I may not know it,

But these are the moments

That I'm gonna remember most, yeah”

Think about this line from a student perspective; what moments might one of your students, adult or otherwise, remember from this year?

Q6: “Just gotta keep goin',

And I, I gotta be strong

Just keep pushing on,”

What do you need to focus on as we enter the home stretch this year?

Bonus Q7 tonight too. Catch it on the chat.

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Learning Spaces

Q1: Physical Space: What has been on your wish list for your work station/desk?

Q2: Classroom Space: What are elements of effective classroom learning spaces?

Q3: Outdoor Space: How have you incorporated outdoor space in your teaching/coaching/PD/…?

Q4: Digital Space: What digital resources do you use to help organize your learning (spaces)?

Q5: Mental Space: How do you maintain peace and serenity throughout the school year?

Q6: Future Space: What’s your next step with your physical space, classroom space, digital space, or mental space?

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The One With the TOSAchat - Ann Kozma & Cynthia Nixon

Q1. The FRIENDS loved hanging out in a coffee shop called Central Perk.  If you could host a PD in any space, where would your dream location be?

Q2. “Joey doesn’t share food!”  Thankfully, TOSAs LOVE to share, so tell us about one of your favorites.  Extension, app, website, add-on, book, resource, HyperDoc, anything!  

Q3. Ross and Rachel had many ups and downs in their relationship.  You could say they were “on a break” at times. What is one thing you would NOT want to be on a break from?

Q4. Monica and Ross held on to “The Routine” for far too long. What is one thing you should probably let go of?

Chandler got stuck in an ATM vestibule with Q5. Jill Goodacre once. If you could be stuck in an ATM Vestibule with anyone, who would it be and why?

Q6.“ Pivot! Pivot! PIVOT!”  As TOSAs we have to be great problem solvers and are often faced with tasks that seem impossible. What’s your advice about how to keep your cool when things aren’t working out the way you’d planned?

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HyperDocs w/

Lisa Highfill,

Kelly Hilton & Sarah Landis

Describe your name, role, location, and your favorite book!

Q1. For those of you familiar with HyperDocs, please share your current definition.

Q2. What is one element of a HyperDoc that you see benefitting Ts?

Q3. We often talk about student engagement. What about teacher engagement! What is one strategy you use to increase teacher engagement?

Q4. When working with Ts and/or Admin, describe the biggest hurdle you face with implementing technology in classrooms.

Q5. How has being a creator of HyperDocs inspired creativity in your own teaching?

Q6. Share an example of how a HyperDoc brought an “Aha” moment to you or a T that you work with?

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Bits & Pieces: Little things the lead to BIG IDEA- Rocky Logue

Q1:What is your go to motivational song, story, quote, etc? Something that get's you motivated every time!

Q2:What is the one thing that you remember from your Teacher credentialing program, or Undergrad, or early experience that still rings true today? Something that is in your go to teaching toolbox.

Q3:What is that one small moment that let you know that you chose the right path? The time you realized, THIS IS IT! I picked perfect direction.

Q4:Which student has made the most impact on your teaching career and why?

Q5:What is one little thing you would pass on to a new teacher or someone contemplating getting into the teaching profession?

Q6:What is the one little thing in your life that you can't do without? Why?

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Minions! And empowering Ss to be tech leaders & teachers - Mari Venturino

Q1: If you had a group of minions, what would they do for you?

Q2: At first, Gru uses his minions and the girls for his own personal benefit. By the end of Despicable Me, his attitude changes as he views them as a team. What teams do you already have in place that empower student leadership?

Q3: Minions are fun, loving, and dedicated, just like students. In what ways can we get minions (students) to take on leadership roles in a classroom?

Q4: Leadership extends beyond the classroom. How do we empower our students to take on school-wide or district-wide leadership?

Q5: Like Gru, we're often faced between choosing what's part of the plan and what's right. What are some of the challenges when developing student leaders?

Q6: Gru had to develop and create his minions, where do you think a good place to start developing a student tech team is?

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A Seinfeld Chat About Nothing - Jody Green

Serenity Now!

Q1: It's spring break for many of us, and this break helps charge our batteries. What do you do during the school year when you need “serenity now”?


Q2: What's a tip or tool that someone gifted you that you love to regift to others?

Square to Spare

Q3: Is there a tool you wish you could keep all to yourself like Jami Gertz does when she won’t share the TP? What is it and why?

No Soup For You!

Q4: How do you deal with situations when you have a great idea for something to try and you’re told the education equivalent of, “No soup for you! Come back- one year!”

It’s Festivus-- For the Rest of Us!

Q5: Think Festivus Feats of Strength. What tool(s) do you believe holds the most power for TOSAs?

Anti-Dentite (Anti-techite)

Q6:What are some strategies you use when working with anti-techites?

End on a high note

Bonus Q!How do you “end on a high note” when working with teachers or students?

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STE(A)M labs and Makerspaces

1. What is the difference between a STE(A)M Lab and a Makerspace?

2. How do STE(A)M labs and makerspaces foster creativity, innovation and computational thinking?

3. How do STE(A)M labs and makerspaces foster creativity, innovation and computational thinking?

4. How do you incorporate the other subject areas into your STE(A)M lab and/or Makerspace?

5. How can we support teachers or colleagues as they get started building STE(A)M labs and/or Makerspaces?

6. What resources, websites, blogs, tweeps or books do you recommend for getting a STE(A)M lab and/or Makerspace started?

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The Next Generation Science Standards
(NGSS) with
Karen Wilson
@kwilson_klw and Joe Young @jyoung1219

1. Looking at the 7 shifts, which one is most impactful for teachers and student learning?

2. What steps is your district or your teachers taking as we’re in the transition phase into NGSS?

3. NGSS focuses on the integration of CCSS. How do you see this unfolding?

4. What challenges do you see or anticipate as we approach NGSS implementation?

5. How can we, as coaches, support teachers through the transition to NGSS? Teachers, how can coaches support you?

6. What resources, books, structures, sites have you found helpful around NGSS? Share your ideas on this Padlet.

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Coding and Computer Science with Roland @edtechminded

1. Share what coding experiences you’ve had and/or languages you know (or don’t know! Noobs welcome).

2. There’s already too much to be taught, why computer science? Why coding?

3. What do you understand to be the difference between computer science and computational thinking? Is there one?

4. Can computer science and/or coding be taught without a computer? Share out any resources you have.

5. How/where can a teacher learn computer science or coding to become more comfortable bringing it into the classroom?

6. Let’s take it to the next level. Share your ideas and resources for how CS/coding can be used across content areas.

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Project Based Learning - PBL with
Judy Blakeney

1. What do you know about Project Based Learning (PBL)?

2. Why is a Driving Question, rather than a yes or no question, critical to PBL?

3. BIE.org’s Gold Standard Model of PBL calls for student voice and choice: Why is this important?

4. Why is connection to the real world valuable in PBL?

5. What might you need to do to prepare for PBL in your classroom?

6. What are risks in PBL to plan for or address?

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TnT - Tools and Templates with @htullmann & @cogswell_ben

Before, after or during the chat please add your favorite Tools & Templates to our crowdsourced padlet!

1. What is the best digital template you share with your teachers?

2.How do you share templates with teachers?

3.Where do you go to find more amazing templates?

4.If you could show teachers only one digital tool, what would it be?

5.How do you decide which digital tool is the best for the job?

6.Can you share a list of digital tools you’ve found helpful for teachers?

7.What is a digital tool you are searching for, but haven’t found yet?

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Google Add-ons and Chrome Extensions

Before, after or during the chat please add your favorite Google Add-ons or Chrome Extensions to our crowdsourced padlet!

1. If you were stuck on a desert island and could ONLY bring ONE Chrome extension with you what would it be? Why?

2. What Google Add-ons could you not live without as a TOSA? Why?

3. What Google add-ons or Chrome extensions are "game-changers" for students in the classroom? How do you use them?

4. What Google Add-on is a teacher's best friend? Why?

5. Other than the chrome webstore, where is the best place to find new extensions and add-ons?

6. What is your favorite Chrome extension to use outside of work? Why?

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DITCH that Textbook with Matt Miller @jmattmiller

1. Respond to this statement: "My parents' and grandparents' education is good enough for my children's education."
What are some ways that education needs to change to stay relevant to our students' future?
3. DITCH = Different, Innovative, Tech-Laden, Creative and Hands-On. Which is most important? Why?
4. Textbooks can provide structure but can get us in a rut. Discuss pros/cons of textbooks.
5. What are some great resources for providing students with content beyond textbooks?
. How can we be Different, Innovative, Tech-Laden, Creative and Hands-On w/the teachers we serve?

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Having Hard Conversations with
Jennifer Abrams

Intro Q: What is one word you connect with hard conversations?

Q1: Which types of hard conversations challenge you most?

Q2: What hesitations keep you from having hard conversations?

Q3: What pushes you past those hesitations to speak up?

Q4: What kind of preparation do you do to ready yourself for a hard conversation?

Q5: What changes do you make in a hard conversation when you have one with a supervisor?

Q6: What advice do you have for others about language to use or not use in hard conversations?


Having Hard Conversations

The Multigenerational Workplace

Hard Conversations Unpacked

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Coaching & Professional Development on #ECGC16

Q1: How have instructional coaches and/or TOSAs impacted you as an educator?

Q2: What’s the benefit of coaching?

Q3: How has someone impacted your career? Tag them if possible.

Q4: If you could have someone in your classroom for an hour (day) to support you, what would you have them do?

Q5: What format of professional development has stuck with you during your career?

Q6: What topic do you feel you need more professional development on?

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Using Sketchnotes to Spark Conversations, Engage Teachers and Inspire Change w/ Ann Kozma @annkozma723

Q1: How does this version of the SAMR Model inspire teachers to explore new things, get to new places, and inspire a change process?

Q2: What “hurdles” do you see as the biggest challenges to overcome?

Q3: How can we use the critical moments after a failure to inspire a growth mindset or reinforce the idea that mistakes can help us learn?

Q4: In our role as professional learning leaders, how can we address the topics like irrelevance and stagnation?

Q5: What steps can we take to help teachers step out of their comfort zones and into a place where all the “magic” happens?

Q6: What do you do to provide support follow through to ensure that teachers are successful?

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What’s Your Motto?

Q1: What is your 1 word motto?

Q2: What is your coaching motto?

Q3: What encouraging motto would you give your teachers?

Q4: If you had to choose a motto for your life, what would it be?

Q5: What motto would  you like your administrators to adopt to motivate them?

Q6: What motto was shared by someone else that you’d like to steal?

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Hello 2016! w/ Ari @edtechari

Q1: What is something you’d like yourself in 2016?

Q2: What is one desire you have for your teachers or your students?

Q3: What is something you’d like to share in 2016?

Q4: What is something you still need in 2016?

Q5: What is something you WILL succeed at in 2016?

Q6: What is one word (meme or gif) to describe your vision for 2016?

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#TOSAChat goes #edchat style w/ @jcorippo

How do we create critical thinkers and not drones?


12/22/15 -


The 12 Days of #TOSAchat

Slide Deck for every day of The 12 Days of #TOSAchat

Storify for Days 1 - 6

Storify for Days 7 - 12



Q1: What’s the first concert you ever went to?

Q2: What song can you not help but to sing loud and proud?

Q3: What song or song lyric did you always get wrong?

Q4: What song gets you pumped up?

Q5: Is there a band you’re ashamed to admit you love?

Q6: What’s your all-time favorite song?

Bonus: Share your ideas for songs to add to the ##tosachat playlist on YouTube.



Gift Giving

Q1: What gifts, tangible or intangible, do TOSAs and Coaches give TEACHERS?

Q2: What gifts, tangible or intangible, do TOSAs and Coaches give STUDENTS?

Q3: What GIFT has a teacher (current or when you were a student) given you?

Q4: What’s your favorite charity to give to and why?

Q5: If you could receive a gift, what would you like?

Q6: What’s the GIFT you’ll give yourself in the coming year?



Motivating Teachers w/ @EdTechSpec

Q1: What motivates you to do what you do?

Q2:Eagers vs Eeyores: How do we feed the "Eagers" while bolstering the "Eeyores"?

Q3:How can we leverage our Eagers to help us motivate the Eeyores?

Q4: Daniel Pink says intrinsic motivation comes from Autonomy, Mastery & Purpose, how can we introduce any or all of these to our practice?

Q5:Between Autonomy, Mastery & Purpose, which do you think TOSAs &/or Ts have the most control or influence over? why?

Q6:What are your go-to ways to try to motivate teachers?



Coding in the Classroom

Q1: How are you celebrating Hour of Code?

Q2: Why is it so important to teach coding in the classroom?

Q3: How can we support teachers who are coding newbies as they begin to teach coding in the classroom?

Q4: How can we support teachers who have advanced coders in their classroom?

Q5: What resources are available for learning to code? Please share websites, links, tweeps, apps, blogs etc.

Q6: How can we take coding above and beyond? (Think robots, drones, link to ELA, Math, NGSS…)


Blog Post:

The 411 on Coding in the Classroom

11/23/15 through


Thankfulness Slow Chat

Monday: Open Question - What is something you’re thankful for today?

Tuesday: Connecting to last week’s chat about admins, which admin are you thankful for and why?

Wednesday: What part of your position are you thankful for everyday?

Thursday: Happy Thanksgiving! Let’s remember our families. Name reasons why you’re thankful for your family.

Friday: Who is a teacher you’re thankful working with? Tag them if they have a Twitter account.
Saturday: We all came to EDU because of some reason, some person, some thing. What is that reason?

Sunday: On our Voxer group, we’ve been talking about things in our bag. Which piece of technology or tool are you thankful for?



Working with Admin

Q1: What are the qualities of a excellent admin?

Q2: How do you share new, fresh ideas with your admin?

Q3: What suggestions do you have for new TOSAs trying to build relationships with admin?

Q4: How do you encourage admin to grow professionally?

Q5: How do you and your admin stay on the same page?

Q6: What has been your biggest Eduwin when working with admin?



#EDChat Style

Only 1 question tonight:

How do you manage it all (apps, sites, shared resources, tools, lesson plans, by subject, by grade, by tool, do Ts eval ideas, do you? How to keep track???!



Digital Storytelling

Guest Moderator

Ryan O’Donnell


Q1: Share an example to use when introducing students to digital storytelling.

Q2: What are your favorite video tools to use when digital storytelling?

Q3: When getting ready for digital storytelling, where do you go to for ideas?

Q4: How can ideas like Digital Stories be used as alternatives to standard assessments?

Q5: Besides video, what are ways to have students publish their own stories?

Q6: As a TOSA how have you helped teachers create their own Digital Storytelling projects?

BONUS Q7: What scaffolds do you use when getting students ready for digital storytelling?


Blog Post:

10+ Ways to get Students Telling Chrometastic Digital Stories

Resources for Digital Storytelling


FallCue/ GAFESummit/ EdCamp Resource Roundup!

Q1: What is the best part of attending or presenting at a conference?

Q2: How does attending or presenting at a conference help you become a better educator?

Q3: What makes a session awesome?

Q4: What conference is a MUST attend for other TOSAs?

Q5: How does Twitter enhance a conference experience?

Q6: Do you have a great resource to share? Let's do some crowdsourcing! Please add your #eduawesome resource here!

Resource Roundup

Blog Post: Resource Roundup! Key Takeaways from Collaborating and Connecting at Conferences!


The Haunts of Coaching

Q1: You're about to facilitate a PD session & the wifi goes out, your computer dies, the bulb in the LCD projector burns out, ... what do you do?

Q2: What's been the biggest hurdle of your position?

Q3: How do you overcome teachers refusing your work?

Q4: How do you overcome principals not supporting your work?

Q5: Describe the nightmare you had as you started as a TOSA (like showing up to work naked, ...).

Q6: Now that you've been in your position for a bit, what advice would you give a scared candidate interviewing to be a TOSA?

The Haunts of Coaching


Blended Learning Guest Moderator @edtechari

Q1: What elements are included in blended learning?

Q2: What does blended learning look like in your grade level/content area/school district?

Q3: What tools or methods are you or teachers in your district using to facilitate blended learning?

Q4: When implementing blended learning what modes/methods of assessment do you use?

Q5: What role does reflection play in blended learning?

Q6:What advice would you give to someone looking to start implementing blended learning?

Blended Learning with @EdTechAri

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Blended Learning: The What, Where, When, Why and How


Connected Educator

Q1: What is your 140 character definition of a connected educator?

Q2: As a connected educator, what’s the best way you’ve found to share thoughts, ideas, and ask questions?

Q3: Other than Twitter, how do you encourage collaboration? Please give examples.

Q4: You’re here because you’re already a connected educator. What are you going to do to encourage others be more connected?

Q5: Being connected should include an element of creativity. How do you express your creativity online?

Q6: In the month of October, how do you plan on improving your connectedness?

Bonus Question will be posted too.


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#TOSAChat's Top 10 Tips for Becoming and Staying Connected!


Putting the Fun in PD

Q1: What is your favorite song or playlist you use to get people pumped up for PDs?

Q2: What is your favorite Youtube video to get people energized and inspired?

Q3: How do you encourage participation in your professional development series and sessions?

Q4: What activities or structures do you use to get colleagues to collaborate with each other?

Q5: What are some experiences you have had with gamification? What online resources do you use to gamify your PD?

Q6: What are your next steps after this chat?


Youtube Playlists!!!

#TOSAchat Music for PD

#TOSAchat Spark PD Videos

#TOSAChat Funnybone Vids

TOSAChat 9-28-15 by @EdTechAri

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Eight Ways to Energize and Gamify Your PD


Google Apps For Education

Q1: What steps are needed in order to roll out GAFE successfully?

Q2: How do you assist teachers, who are newer to GAFE, integrate these tools into their teaching?

Q3: There are TONS of amazing GAFE tools available, how do you help teachers from getting overwhelmed?

Q4: How do you help teachers who are GAFE gurus take their edtech to the next level?

Q5: What is the best place to find great GAFE resources? People to follow? Books to read? Websites or blogs to check out?

Q6: Time to share the awesome! What are some GREAT GAFE ideas of lessons that you have tried or seen implemented in the classroom?

#TOSAChat on Google Apps for Education

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15 Fabulous Google Apps For Education Tips, Tricks You Can Use Tomorrow!


Digital Citizenship

Q1: What resources have you used to promote / foster positive digital citizenship?

Q2: How have you implemented positive, safe, & productive edtech use in the classroom?

Q3: How have you supported your colleagues in implementing digital citizenship lessons / units in the classroom?

Q4: Why do you need to explicitly teach digital citizenship?

Q5: How can we model digital citizenship as TOSAs/Coaches?

Q6: What is one piece of knowledge that you will take with you from tonight's discussion?

#TOSAchat on Digital Citizenship




Q1: How do you decide what topics, strategies, or concepts you will cover in your professional development?

Q2: How do you differentiate your professional development for all learners?

Q3:How do you make your professional development engaging?

Q4:How do you create choice and voice within your PD?

Q5: How do you help teachers implement the strategies or topics covered in the professional development?

Q6: What type of feedback do you get from teachers from your professional development?

#TOSAchat on Professional Development


Building Relationships

Q1: What qualities are needed for a successful coaching relationship?

Q2: How do you support educators who are "on board" already?

Q3: How do you support educators who are more hesitant or reluctant?

Q4: An educator's work can be overwhelming and they can sometimes get derailed from their objectives. How do you help teachers stay on track?

Q5: What little gifts or treats have you given the teachers you've worked with?

Q6: What do you do with teachers to celebrate successes?

Building Relationships on #TOSAchat

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Second #TOSAchat


Back to School & Setting Goals

Q1: What is the most exciting part about starting a new school year?

Q2: What goals or focus points do you have planned for the upcoming school year?

Q3: What are your plans for the first week of school? Please share any resources you think would be valuable to other TOSAs.

Q4: What are some ways you will connect with your colleagues during those first couple weeks of school?

Q5: What support or resources will you need to better ensure your goals/focus will be successful?

Q6: TOSAs keep each other accountable. What goal do you have for yourself?

#TOSAChat Inaugural Chat Storify Link

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Inaugural #TOSAchat