How Alternate Route Teachers Can Make Twitter an Enjoyable Part of the Holiday Break

With nonstop learning, planning and teaching since September, the holiday break is long overdue! For teachers and students alike, breaks are the perfect time to relax and indulge personal interests.  Now that you've warmed up to social media, you can turn to Twitter to help you find content of interest. We've curated hashtags and accounts contributed by alumni from the Rutgers Alternate Route Program for you to reference in your search for relevant reading, viewing or listening material.  Get swept away in threaded conversations on topics of interests. Lose yourself in a series of videos recommended by thought leaders. Discover new podcasts that keep you informed and inspired. Expand your network by connecting with like-minded subscribers. Share ideas of your own with others.  The possibilities on Twitter are endless.

Whether you teach in a General Education setting or work in a 1:1 environment with diverse learners, the resources listed below can support your efforts to reach all learners. Included among the hashtags and accounts popular with Teachers of Special Education and English as a Second Language are other places in the Twittersphere where you can keep tabs on what’s trending in education in general.

Diverse Learners & Topics

Arguably every subject area is important; however, only a few are tested with high stakes assessments.  That’s why English, History, Math and Science are often in a category all their own.  Teachers of these Core Subjects can search the hashtags and handles displayed below to find strategies, advice and resources for teaching in the most scrutinized areas of education.Core Subjects

While all subjects are special, teachers of Art, Music, Theatre and Dance are typically categorized as such along with World Languages and Health & Physical Education.  For teachers of these special subjects, there’s a wealth of options for you to access innovative tips and information on Twitter.  Some are listed below. 

Make social media a fun and exciting part of your break, using our hashtag resources to get you started. While you explore the listed resources our blog, be sure to take note of any new hashtags and accounts you think would make great additions and resolve to share them with us in the new year @RutgersAltRoute on Twitter!  

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Heather Ngoma

Heather Ngoma has over 20 years experience collaborating with educators across New Jersey to drive education innovation. She currently serves as the Director of Rutgers University's Alternate Route Teacher Training Program at the Center for Effective School Practices, a program which helps career changers, recent college graduates and other aspiring education professionals become licensed teachers in New Jersey. Follow her on Twitter @heatherngoma.