I shared in this post some of my favorite Tweets from the 2018-2019 school year. All of those Tweets are ideas of things I could use in my classroom in one way or another. However, there are so many other amazing Tweets from this past year that don’t necessarily fit in that category. These are Tweets that remind me why I love hanging out on Twitter for a bit after a long day. Tweets that remind me that these are my people. I love seeing random, funny snippets from other people’s classrooms. I love seeing an awesome Desmos graph someone or someone’s student created. I love seeing a conversation someone had with their own kids involving math. I love seeing an amazing mathy thing someone found and took a picture of to share. I also love knowing that Twitter is a space where I can share those things and that these people will get it. So enjoy more awesomeness from the MTBoS community from the past year. And thank you MTBoS for sharing. Please, don’t ever stop.
— Casey McTeach (@cmmteach) August 6, 2018
— Paula Beardell Krieg (@PaulaKrieg) August 6, 2018
No time is EVER wasted for me when Ss share their thinking.
— Fawn Nguyen (@fawnpnguyen) August 8, 2018
My reflection for today:
How am I going to define “success” this year?
What am I going to do to make sure that happens?
I can’t only be defined by numbers, because that has frustrated and burned out many great educators.
— Nanette Johnson (@Math_m_Addicts) August 8, 2018
Hey friends of Twitter, you rock. Thanks for all you do, all the inspiration you give, all of the suggestions you offer, and all of the memes.
Just wanted to say thanks bc I feel I don’t do it often enough.
— Jennifer White (@JennSWhite) August 21, 2018
DAILY REMINDER: I have a right to do less than I am humanly capable of.
— CheesemonkeySF (@cheesemonkeysf) August 21, 2018
A mom of 5 former students shared this. This is what our focus should be. pic.twitter.com/pfHE3eVcAs
— pamjwilson, nbct (@pamjwilson) August 28, 2018
What most adults will never experience in their jobs:
A student visiting them years later to say thanks for being there when nobody else was.
A parent writing an email saying you changed their child's life & they can't thank you enough.
That's why being a teacher is awesome.
— Dr. Justin Tarte (@justintarte) August 28, 2018
Asked the kids, "So, who missed me over the weekend?"
More than half of them raised their hands. One even said, "I missed you SO MUCH!"
Yup, 6th graders can lie with a straight face.
— Fawn Nguyen (@fawnpnguyen) September 10, 2018
It is my favorite age.
Grappling with relationships and adulting, but still interested in Spongebob.
And I know I’m not the only one.
— Matt Vaudrey (@MrVaudrey) September 11, 2018
"You don't have to always finish a problem to learn from it." @JBayWilliams
— Zak Champagne (@Zakchamp) September 15, 2018
Teaching is hard, y’all. If you feel like a failure. If you’re discouraged. If you feel like everybody else knows something you don’t. If you’re nowhere close to the teacher you want to be (& feel like you’ll never get there). Just know YOU’RE NOT ALONE. #mtbos #iteachmath
— Ali Grace Eiland (@AGEiland) September 28, 2018
“We are the ones losing sleep at night, worrying about other people’s kids.”@sdteaching hit home with that one, speaking about educators who give it their all, who relentlessly care about their students.
— John Stevens (@Jstevens009) September 30, 2018
I always write in pink ink on Wednesdays just to see how long into the year it takes kids to ask. When they ask why, I answer, "On Wednesdays, we wear pink," and wait to see the chain reaction occur.
— Tom Hall (@trigoTOMetry) October 3, 2018
HOCO week day 1: Punday Monday! Spice Girls here to spice up your life! pic.twitter.com/SR0N0aBqnO
— Andre Sasser (@MrsSasser) October 8, 2018
Another reminder of your message @jreulbach showing up in my IG feed. Can’t help but smile now at this message and think of you and my #MTBoS family who help me so much 💜💜💜💜 pic.twitter.com/xBHBQhLO64
— Cori Colby (@mrschz) October 11, 2018
Most endearing thing I've heard in 25 years of teaching.
S: I'm going to miss you as my T.
Me: Uh… RU going somewhere?
S: No… I'm just thinking about the future.
— Fawn Nguyen (@fawnpnguyen) October 17, 2018
— Dalston Curve Garden (@EasternCurve) October 15, 2018
It stands up straight too! pic.twitter.com/K3uomJzCf0
— Megan Parise Schmidt (@Veganmathbeagle) October 22, 2018
I came across this gorgeous piece of math art while observing at Wayzata today. It's a puzzle quilt which means every square (except 1) has a matching square in cuts, not fabric. @MFAnnie pic.twitter.com/7z4HOSEIx5
— Megan Parise Schmidt (@Veganmathbeagle) October 23, 2018
Decided to up my game and turn my cape into a “super 1” cape. Explained my secret “identity” to the secretary and that super one is the most powerful superhero of all. Her response, “well I learned something. Who knew 1 was so powerful?!” #myjobhereisdone pic.twitter.com/44gsEmlpLZ
— Casey McTeach (@cmmteach) October 31, 2018
A few more #mathoween inspired @Desmos graphs, all inspired by the #GraphJam and #MatchMyCL team @von_Oy @SweenWSweens @aknauft and @mrchowmath: https://t.co/qI0vxcCqly#desmosart pic.twitter.com/yKAtRJ0Z3r
— Shelley Carranza (@shelleycarranza) October 31, 2018
A student took a picture of me and airdropped it to every phone that she could. Must have been a fun surprise for like 20 students. https://t.co/Vqwhr9Xu37
— Jonathan Osters (@callmejosters) October 31, 2018
New kid came to school today. 5th grade. Played ghosts in the graveyard w mult/division for review. Does a problem and says “oh easy – just add the zeros.” Other kid says, “uh, ya. She doesn’t like that. You need to talk about place value.” #nguyening
— Casey McTeach (@cmmteach) November 1, 2018
Of COURSE Maria wanted to make up a math game tonight because I'm not home to see it.
— Megan Parise Schmidt (@Veganmathbeagle) November 2, 2018
What should we be tweeting out if we're thinking about: What are students building on? What are students building towards? First or second tweet? @MathMinds #cmcmath @CAMathCouncil pic.twitter.com/1vvW7X1J7k
— Chrissy Newell (@MrsNewell22) November 3, 2018
When we define math using only privileged mathy language, we exclude and discourage people from wanting to participate.
— Megan Parise Schmidt (@Veganmathbeagle) November 2, 2018
Scott commissioned the woodwork students to make a gameboard for the game Maria made. I about burst into tears.
— Megan Parise Schmidt (@Veganmathbeagle) November 5, 2018
[about @Desmos Quartiles]
Ss1: So set the scene. What lead you to the Desmos discovery?
Me: well I was on twitter, w/ Great British Baking show on and a cup of peppermint tea…
Ss1: No really. What were you doing?
Ss2: I found her on twitter. That sounds accurate. #OneGoodThing
— Jennifer White (@JennSWhite) November 6, 2018
One of my Ss came to class, looking a little down.
I jokingly said: "You need a hug?"
He said: "Yeah."
Come to find out, a fire forced him out of his apartment this morning…
A reminder that you just never know what our kids are dealing with on a daily basis. #bekind
— Mark Kaercher (@shskaercher) November 9, 2018
If you're looking for an incredibly captivating set of images for counting, talking about units, how many you see, number talks, and countless other reasons, please check out the mesmerizing art from @witenry at https://t.co/2t4syFhrGP #unitchat #howmany #tmwyk #iteachmath #MTBoS pic.twitter.com/HI4E1YdRpn
— Robert Kaplinsky (@robertkaplinsky) November 17, 2018
— Patrick Honner (@MrHonner) November 16, 2018
— Annie Perkins (@anniek_p) November 20, 2018
— Shelley Carranza (@shelleycarranza) December 8, 2018
Most relatable quote from 6 year old niece:
“Why does everyone keep spelling stuff?!?” #beenthere
— Annie Perkins (@anniek_p) December 17, 2018
— Shelley Carranza (@shelleycarranza) January 2, 2019
M: what row are we in?
Me: row 19+19
M: so 20+20 take away 2. So, 38.
Sometimes I have to trick her into it. #tmwyk
— Megan Parise Schmidt (@Veganmathbeagle) January 11, 2019
My son was counting dollars from his piggy bank. He's got a pile of ones and a couple of fives:
"1, 2, [grabs a five, pauses, puts it down to grab more ones] 3, 4, 5 [grabs the five] 10, 11…"
Pretty pretty cool.#tmwyk
— Kent Haines (@KentHaines) January 11, 2019
— Jim Olsen (@DrOlsen314) January 13, 2019
— Tracy Johnston Zager (@TracyZager) January 12, 2019
When your mom is a math teacher and knows you have a quiz, she leaves you practice problems for breakfast. 😀 (standard to vertex form) pic.twitter.com/ndwbLDOgWi
— Kristen Fouss (@Fouss) January 18, 2019
— ~Hedge~ (@approx_normal) January 18, 2019
Left @Desmos Rational Marbleslides open after class yesterday and came into this beautiful creation just for fun this morning.
S: “I couldn’t play Fortnite, so I played Desmos instead!” pic.twitter.com/m4XzeJXsk5
— Leigh Boggs (@auntmsboggs) January 25, 2019
— Sophie S. Brady (@sophie_brady) January 25, 2019
My daughter is working on a puzzle. I tried to make a suggestion. She said, “no mom, I’m the mathematician here.” I asked, “what makes you think this is math?” She said, “I don’t know, I just feel it in my core.” ❤️ this girl #tmwyk pic.twitter.com/okCyyFv7aH
— Bridget Dunbar (@BridgetDunbar) January 27, 2019
— Victoria Laan (@VictoriaLaan) January 28, 2019
My kid is gaming with friends so I brought him a snack and he says, "Thanks, Love you" then laughter erupts on the headset and he goes, "What? You don't love your mothers? I'm sad for you." so if you need me I'll just be over here sobbing into my worlds best mom ribbon.
— Ashley McNamara (@ashleymcnamara) April 19, 2019
— Chrissy Newell (@MrsNewell22) January 29, 2019
Ask students to write a mathematician biography and this is what I get… pretty much sums up the crazy and hilarious things middle schoolers say 😂#NeverADullMoment #mathistory #iteachmath #mtbos pic.twitter.com/IliUuN7TkT
— Siddhi Desai (@SiddhiDesai311) January 31, 2019
— Robert Kaplinsky (@robertkaplinsky) February 3, 2019
Convo w/kindergartener today: “Did you know it’s day 93rd day of school? The first day was tough. I wasn’t sure I’d make it but it’s day 93. I’ve worked hard, I’ve learned a lot & am proud of myself.” ❤️
— Laura Wagenman (@laura_wagenman) February 6, 2019
S1: My locker just won't open! I need help!
Me: Combo? [and I get it to open]
S1: Jesus Christ
S2: That was Ms. Win, not Jesus. Jesus wouldn't need the combo.
— Fawn Nguyen (@fawnpnguyen) February 8, 2019
— Phil Smith (@psmithdad) February 9, 2019
Woke before the sun. Again.
On a business trip. Again.
Pushing my dream another inch. Again.
❤ every minute. Always pic.twitter.com/rwoWLfhmXk
— Rachel Hollis (@msrachelhollis) January 9, 2017
2nd, We are not perfect, white-skinned or not. We NEED each other. The human race needs ALL OF US to work together!!! Please please please, teach each other, hug each other, holy shit, I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH, thank you for allowing me to be here with you. I'm an ugly mess w/o YOU
— Fawn Nguyen (@fawnpnguyen) February 13, 2019
— Chris Luzniak (@cluzniak) February 14, 2019
.#Science #Technology #Engineering #Mathematics #Art #STEM #STEAM #MathIsEveryWhere #makerspace #makers #teachersofig #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers #tlap #kidsdeserveit #code #coding #math #iteachmath #csforall #computerscience #girlswhocode #science #m… pic.twitter.com/gyjCtObChQ
— Brian Aspinall (@mraspinall) February 20, 2019
The other day, A asked C to come with her on a walk when there was a sub in the classroom & it was a bit chaotic. C asked, "Are you feeling ok?" A said, "Yes, but I could tell you needed to get out of there." Get yourself a friend like A. (2/2)
— Chrissy Newell (@MrsNewell22) March 6, 2019
Me [to the 3 Ss walking in late]: I just gave out life's one secret, too bad you weren't here.
S1: I'm so glad I heard it.
S2: My life will be better now.
Lying is simply unacceptable, but when Ss lie along *with* me, it's quite lovely.
— Fawn Nguyen (@fawnpnguyen) March 7, 2019
Having fun waiting for our team pictures! pic.twitter.com/PVousaHIRc
— Streeter Softball (@SCSball) April 20, 2019
My 1st grader, Cav, told me that a boy who regularly uses bad language in his classroom called him an “f-ing jerk” today. We’ve been talking about appropriate responses & Cav said today he tried, “Are you ok? Is something wrong?” & I’m so proud 💙
— Chrissy Newell (@MrsNewell22) March 13, 2019
Mom, is there such thing as 2 1/2 thirds? *Finds it on a number line.* Then would that be 5/6? I’m so glad I asked this question, that’s so interesting. #tmwyk
— Laura Wagenman (@laura_wagenman) March 16, 2019
I just peak in my career. I threw a cell phone across the entire classroom during class and landed it perfectly in a cell phone pocket.
— Sean Sweeney (@SweenWSweens) April 16, 2019
Most favorite line I've used today… I have a bachelor's in math and a master's in technology but the #1 question student want to ask me… "can I go to the bathroom?"
Cmon kids – how about some differential equations or HTML? No? Okay – go to the bathroom then!
— Megan Heine (@MeganHeine) March 25, 2019
This came out well. pic.twitter.com/hlkrlYQa2j
— Christopher Danielson (@Trianglemancsd) March 6, 2019
— Adrianne Burns (@a_schindy) April 4, 2019
One field trip to the career training center later, I had painted fingernails. I wish I could travel back in time to tell my college self, "Someday in your teaching career, you'll be buying nail polish remover after school… for your nails."
— Tom Hall (@trigoTOMetry) April 9, 2019
My geo students did a quick investigation of graphing sinx, cosx and tanx using @Desmos. Gave them a little exploration time – #beautiful. #MTBoS @MrCorleyMath @MsValentineRMS @ArtsyDress @TeamRidgely pic.twitter.com/ZMzUhhffba
— Gina Ging (@KlineGina) April 10, 2019
— Christopher Danielson (@Trianglemancsd) March 6, 2019
I find it interesting that everytime an opportunity arises for me to leave the classroom, this verse pops up in my life… "If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well" Romans 12:7
The kids bring me joy.. (and frustration, but mostly joy)
— Druin (@druinok) April 10, 2019
Omg. Almost forgot that a student accidentally said “asymptoot” yesterday instead of “asymptote.” It was actually hilarious. We all had a good laugh. Then later when my son farted I said it again and it was even funnier!
— Danielle Reycer (@daniellereycer) April 11, 2019
— Sean Sweeney (@SweenWSweens) April 11, 2019
2nd graders' first exposure to @Desmos Polygraph.
— Matt Vaudrey (@MrVaudrey) April 12, 2019
One time during class I stood up on a desk to hide a student’s box of Cheerios on top of the clock. I slipped, the desk flipped over, which sent the leg of the desk straight up into the bottom of my pant leg. I was completely trapped in the sitting position, attached to the desk.
— Sean Sweeney (@SweenWSweens) April 18, 2019
You are not defined by your students’ test scores. Your work is more than an accumulation of points on a test. Your value goes far beyond the classroom.
A grateful parent
— John Stevens (@Jstevens009) April 16, 2019
I needed this reminder… I love my students but there are times I need to be firm about acceptable behavior https://t.co/k4sRwRJzCh
— Druin (@druinok) April 28, 2019
— chris nho (@nhoskee) May 14, 2019
My new favorite GIF pic.twitter.com/Ay57VkNH2v
— Christopher Danielson (@Trianglemancsd) May 16, 2019