#ISTELitChat April 23rd, 2018: Wellness


Wellness is the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort. … an approach to healthcare that emphasizes preventing illness and prolonging life, as opposed to emphasizing treating diseases. http://www.dictionary.com/browse/wellness

Wellness is a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential. Wellness is multidimensional and holistic, encompassing lifestyle, mental and spiritual well-being, and the environment. Wellness is positive and affirming.National Wellness Institute

Well-Being: Basic Definition

A good or satisfactory condition of existence; a state characterized by health, happiness, and prosperity; welfare. http://www.dictionary.com/browse/wellbeing

Well-Being: Better Definition

Well-being generally includes global judgments of life satisfaction and feelings ranging from depression to joy…There is no consensus around a single definition of well-being, but there is general agreement that at minimum, well-being includes the presence of positive emotions and moods (e.g., contentment, happiness), the absence of negative emotions (e.g., depression, anxiety), satisfaction with life, fulfillment and positive functioning. In simple terms, well-being can be described as judging life positively and feeling good. CDC Definition of Well-Being

Positive Psychology Definition:

Positive Psychology is the scientific study of human flourishing, and an applied approach to optimal functioning. It has also been defined as the study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals, communities and organisations to thrive (Gable & Haidt, 2005, Sheldon & King, 2001).

Positive Psychology is grounded in the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within them, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play (Positive Psychology Center, 2016).

Student Well-Being: Defined

Student well-being is strongly linked to learning. A student’s level of well-being at school is indicated by their satisfaction with life at school, their engagement in learning, and their social-emotional behavior. It is enhanced when schools in partnerships adopt evidence-informed practices with families and the community. Optimal student well-being is a sustainable state, characterized by predominantly positive feelings and attitude, positive relationships in school, resilience, self-optimisation and a high level of satisfaction with learning experiences (Noble, T. & Wyatt, T. 2008). Report to the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations: Scoping study into approaches to student well-being. Australian Catholic University (PRN18219). http://www.deewr.gov.au/Schooling/wellbeing/Documents/ScopingStudy.pdf.

Positive Education: Defined

“Positive education is defined as education for both traditional skills and for happiness. The high prevalence worldwide of depression among young people, the small rise in life satisfaction, and the synergy between learning and positive emotion all argue that the skills for happiness should be taught in school. There is substantial evidence from well controlled studies that skills that increase resilience, positive emotion, engagement and meaning can be taught to schoolchildren.”  (Seligman, M.E.P., Ernst, R. M., Gillham, J., Reivich, K. & Linkins, M. (2009). Oxford Review of Education, 35, 293-311. Doi:10.1080/03054980902934563

Positive Education is “the development of educational environments that enable the learner to engage in established curricula in addition to knowledge and skills to develop their own and others’ well-being.” (Oades, Robinson, Green, & Spence, 2011, Pg 432, Paragraph 1)
#ISTELitChat will take on the topic of Wellness this April to look at wellness from the perspectives of body, mind, and spirit for teachers and students. 
Q1 – What does wellness mean to you?
Q2- How do you personally cultivate mindfulness and wellness?
Q3 – What role does wellness play in your school, curriculum, and classroom?
Q4 – What wellness and mindfulness activities do you use for yourself and your students?
Q5 – What tools do you use to help students be mindful and teach social emotional learning? (GoNoodle, Headspace, Yoga, Zentangle, Growth Mindset)
Q6 – What books or videos do you recommend for wellness and learning more?
Q7 – Is Character Education and or Civics Education relevant in our schools today?
Q8 – What wellness initiatives are you going to implement as a result of our twitter chat tonight?

Tech Tools to Improve the Writing Process with Eric Curts 3/26 9pm EST

#ISTELitChat is always learning with the amazing guest moderators we have lined up for the 2018. We are excited to announce Eric Curts will be moderating our March chat on 3/26/2018 at 9pm EST.

Eric has been in education for 26 years, and currently serves as a Technology Integration Specialist for SPARCC in Canton, Ohio where he oversees Google Apps for Education implementation, training, and support, as well as other technology integration initiatives. Eric is an authorized Google Education Trainer and Innovator, and provides Google Apps training to schools, organizations, and conferences throughout Ohio and across the country. He is a co-leader of the Ohio Google Educator Group at bit.ly/gegohio and runs the award-winning blog www.ControlAltAchieve.com where all of his Google Apps and edtech resources can be found.

We are going Google-ly this chat and focusing on tech tools to improve the writing process. Chat questions include:

What tech tools do your students use for pre-writing, brainstorming, etc.?
What tech tools do you have your students use while they are writing?
How have you used technology for peer feedback and editing during the writing process?
What tech tools do you use to provide feedback for your students on their writing?
What tech tools do you students use for self-editing and revising of their work?
How do you address academic integrity issues when students are writing in a digital environment?
What ways do you have students share their writings with a broader, more authentic audience?
All are welcome to join the chat. Just follow the hashtag #ISTELitChat to participate, learn, and connect.
Check out a list of all the resources shared during the chat.


Fake News, Digital Literacy, & Thinking Critically w/Newseum February 26, 2018

logoHow do we know what we read online and in the news is real – reliable, trustworthy, valid? This is a challenge for many educators today and that is why the next #ISTELitChat will be discussing fake news with the Media Literacy Maven from the Newseum in Washington, DC. The Newseum has amazing resources to help educators navigate media literacy in all aspects of the topic. Their EdTools include lesson plans, infographic, and artifacts to help teach media literacy, propaganda, fake news, and misleading media. Join us on Monday, February 26th at 9 PM EST to join the Twitter conversation, ask questions, and gain valuable teaching resources to help your students think critically about media.

RENEW! #ISTELitChat with Shawna Coppola January 29, 2018 9pm EST


Shawna Coppola is a K-6 literacy specialist and the author of Renew! Become a Better–and More Authentic–Writing Teacher from Stenhouse Publishers (2017). When she is not teaching, presenting, or consulting with colleagues, she writes comics and posts for her blog, My So-Called Literacy Life. You can connect with her on Twitter (@shawnacoppola) or Voxer (ShawnaCoppola) to talk books, education, or The Bachelor.

Anticipated questions:
  • In RENEW!, I ask readers to rethink & revise five common practices in the teaching of writing: 1) how we teach writing process, 2) what it means to “write,” 3) the tools we use to teach student writers, 4) how we assess and evaluate writing, and 5) our role as teachers of writers. Which of these do you think most needs to be renewed, and why?
  • Tonight, let’s rethink the holistic scoring of writing. What “story” does this practice tell our student writers about writing–and/or about themselves as writers?
  • Our most pervasive practices almost always have merit. In the case of this particular practice–the holistic scoring of writing–What merit does it have?  How does it fit in with what we know about children and/or learning?
  • Let’s look to revise & renew this practice. How can we tell a more engaging or authentic story about writing–and about our students as writers–through our evaluation practices?
  • Using the framework we engaged with tonight, what other literacy teaching practices might we (hypothetically) want to rethinkrevise, and renew?

Student Driven Learning with Legends of Learning 11/27/2017 9pm EST


#ISTELitChat is proud to announce that on Monday 11/27/2017 9PM EST our guest moderator will be Legends of Learning. Legends of Learning (legendsoflearning.com) focuses on ongoing original research to create standards-aligned (including NGSS) games that deliver a wide range of lessons and assess content proficiency for stronger subject mastery and classroom engagement.

A preview of the chat’s questions include:

1. What does student driven learning mean to you?
2. How has student driven learning changed your classroom over the past year or more?
3. How can choosing the right tech tools, such as game based learning, make a big difference in the effectiveness of student driven learning?
4. Just calling something student driven doesnt make it so. How can we ensure the student activities we create really  help students improve critical thinking skills?
5. What is the biggest challenge to incorporating student driven learning within your classroom and how can we overcome it
6. How can we help colleagues who are hesitant to try a student driven learning model? What kinds of steps can we help them take to form a positive impression for them?
7) What has been your most successful student driven learning moment in the classroom? Why was it so successful?


#Booksnaps & #EduAwesomeness with Tara M. Martin

Monday, October 29th @ 9PM EST

#ISTELitChat will be led by Guest Moderator: @tarammartin

Topic: #Booksnaps & #EduAwesomeness

Tara Martin is an enthusiastic educator, speaker, and author who thrives on change and refuses to settle for the status quo. Martin’s mission is to invigorate administrators, teachers, and staff members to apply instructional and leadership practices that foster creativity and empower ALL 21st-century learners (adults and students) to lead with passion.

Check out her hashtag #BookSnaps on Twitter.



Resources Shared During the Chat:

Google Expeditions for Literacy Learning: #ISTELitChat 9/25 9pm EST

Kicking off the 2017-2018 #ISTELitChat New Year, Heather Kilgore @techykilgore will be our first guest moderator.  Heather is the Instructional Technology Coordinator for Commerce ISD. She is passionate about helping teachers impact students through the integration of technology, but she’s really just a teacher looking for a classroom! Heather is a Google Certified Trainer who loves sharing EdTech tools, engagement strategies, and the great things happening in public education today!

Google Expeditions and Virtual Field Trips are great ways to build background and knowledge. These tools help breakdown the walls of the classroom for students to travel virtually to new learning spaces across the globe, visit museums, and step outside their world.

Join us on Monday, September 25th 9PM EST (new day & time) following the hashtag #ISTELitChat on Twitter to learn, share, and collaborate with educators everywhere. All are welcome to participate.


Who are you and what are your favorite engagement strategies? #ISTELitChat


What experience(s) do you have with using #VR #GoogleExpeditions in the classroom? #ISTELitChat


Of these experiences, tell us your favorite #Google Expeditions lesson. If no experiences, why not? #ISTELitChat


What do you think is the next step in #VR for the classroom? How does #GoogleExpeditions fit? #ISTELitChat


#VR will significantly alter the landscape of every industry. How will virtual reality (VR) impact literacy education? #ISTELitChat


Student creation is a passion of mine! How could you incorporate #GoogleExpeditions into a creative student project? #ISTELitChat

What obstacles do you foresee there being with bringing #GoogleExpeditions to your classroom? #MurphysLaw #ISTELitChat