Twitter is a marvellous tool for all sorts of hobbies, niches and industries. Education is no exception. If you’re a teacher on Twitter, a whole world of tips and insight from education thought leaders, organisations and fellow teachers is at you feet.
Don’t know where to get started? Let us help you wade through Twitter’s educational sea with this (far from comprehensive) list of essential teacher Twitter account and hashtags.
Twitter accounts every teacher needs to follow
When it comes to picking up teaching tips, inspiration, and resources, there are few better places to head than We Are Teachers. Over half a million educators follow their twitter feed – join them.
— WeAreTeachers (@WeAreTeachers) October 26, 2020
For more tips and educational resources, but with a Primary spin, look no further than Teach Primary. Part of the teachwire network, Primary teachers will never be short of inspiration again.
The brand new issue of Teach Reading & Writing is out now, with brilliant ideas for literacy across the curriculum. Plus, it includes special guest Cressida Cowell. Find out more about TR&W at: https://t.co/S6scfXyHmV pic.twitter.com/ufaoWSjjy4 — Teach Primary (@TeachPrimary) October 26, 2020
One of the world’s most prolific educational bloggers, Vicki Davis, may be base in the US, but her educational writings and podcast guests offer insights that are universal.
If I’ve learned one thing in 19 years of teaching it is that I cannot read minds and nothing can replace LISTENING to students. Listening includes hearing, looking at their body language, and just being quiet so I can hear what they’re really saying.
— Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher) October 24, 2020
4. Tes @tes
You’ll no doubt know Tes for their innovative online tools and services, but there twitter channel is also home to plenty of news and opinion around schools, education, and educational policy.
With GCSE students racing to catch up on lost learning, how will they fit in enough revision? @yousufhamid explains how you can squeeze revision into every lesson with retrieval practicehttps://t.co/sUfJxBUE5f — Tes (@tes) October 27, 2020
As former editor of Schools Week, a Guardian columnist and now co-founder of Teachr Tapp, Laura McInerney is one of the country’s leading educational experts.
When should Ofsted resume? pic.twitter.com/AHASk9FKLC
— Laura McInerney (@miss_mcinerney) October 19, 2020
As chair of the Department for Education and an advisor to LGBTed, David Weston is one Twitter’s most (as his handle suggests) informed voices on where education is heading in the UK.
Another account that likely needs no introduction. Probably the UK’s number 1 education blog, Teacher Toolkit offers you help on everything from what books to read to tips for presenting an assembly.
There are small things that individual teachers can do to take charge of their wellbeing; make a commitment to yourself to ensure you are as productive as possible for the term ahead… https://t.co/hBpSAVm04c #halfterm #SLTchat #ukedchat
— 🇬🇧 TeacherToolkit.co.uk (@TeacherToolkit) October 27, 2020
Some light relief now with Bored Teachers. Featuring gifs, funnies and personality quizzes, this channel can brighten up even the darkest of teaching days.
An ex-teacher and now the Director of Education at the Chartered College of Teaching, Cat Scutt shares articles from an organisation dedicated to raising the status of the teaching profession.
To support reflection on today’s @educationgovuk announcement I’ve made a reading list for @CharteredColl of research and articles relating to ideas on “catch-up” and recovery – including links around tutoring, summer schools, transition (and critiques!): https://t.co/Czey5fVYh9
— Cat Scutt (@CatScutt) June 19, 2020
We’re going back across the pond now. Dr. Catlin Tucker is an expert in blended learning. Once you’ve seen our explanatory piece, head to her profile to expand your knowledge.
Design a Choose Your Own Adventure Learning Experience https://t.co/nLuDoPSYWQ #edchat #CAedchat #TOSAchat #blendedlearning #onlinelearning pic.twitter.com/3dVcG2mADa — Dr. Catlin Tucker (@Catlin_Tucker) October 27, 2020
Staying in the US, Nicholas Ferroni is an excellent choice if you want an American perspective on teaching. His tweets are a fantastic voice of support for the profession.
I know you are making an effort to be more inclusive and represent all groups, and I just wanted to share that our youth notice and are impacted by it.
One student’s response: pic.twitter.com/UpgHZZ2PhU
— Nicholas Ferroni (@NicholasFerroni) October 26, 2020
12. ISTE @iste
Back with organisations and this time the ISTE. Their work empowers educators to technology to enhance teaching an learning. Their Twitter features lots of content and links to courses to help you do just that.
Several districts are ensuring digital citizenship instruction continues remotely. Read as these leaders share their stories and recommendations!@HighlineSchools @SuptEnfield @tammisisk @fcpsnews @EdCommission #DigCit #EdLeaders https://t.co/5MVW5zuOZw — ISTE (@iste) October 28, 2020
The go-to for teachers across the country, Twinkl’s Twitter channels can beam a daily stream of their latest and best resources, right into your feed.
Stories are a great way to support teachers in speaking openly with children about race and #BlackHistoryMonth.
The Twinkl Originals team have collated their favourite stories by Black authors and illustrators to help diversify your book collection. https://t.co/hrqcYlOLkA
— Twinkl Resources (@twinklresources) October 12, 2020
For official announcements and updates on educational policy and administration, head straight for the source with the UK government’s Department of Education Twitter.
“Teachers really are who inspire me to go on and change the world” Finlay shows what can be achieved with great teaching and support from your college #LoveOurColleges @SOT6FC pic.twitter.com/RUsBKTY9lH — Department for Education (@educationgovuk) October 23, 2020
Sticking with government, take a look at National Schools Commissioner Dominic Herrington as he travels the country speaking to schools and trusts on matters of educational governance.
A quick line to say huge thanks to all those in education finishing for the summer today – an incredible year which has tested everyone to the limits. I know lots of colleagues finish next week too, so nearly there…
— Dominic Herrington (@NSC_DfE) July 17, 2020
Joanna Grace is Founder of the Sensory Projects and seeks to contribute to a world where everyone is understood in spite of difference. Once you’ve followed her, read her exclusive guest piece on using senses to stimulate learning.
A little thread of the touching foreword by @ChrisGPackham about: https://t.co/aqXpKWNp8w “What is unique about this book is that it translates the brutal truth of a child’s observations of an adult into the ‘grown -up’ reality of someone who is conscious off their autism pic.twitter.com/l11gP9ZLou — Joanna Grace (@jo3grace) October 15, 2020
All the latest news and outstanding journalistic prowess of The Guardian, but specifically curated for education-related news.
UK students: Have you been ridiculed over your accent or background? https://t.co/x7EdYEBrbm
— Guardian Education (@GuardianEdu) October 20, 2020
We’re heading all the way over to Melbourne for our next must-follow channel. Summer Howarth specialises in designing learner experiences.
Teacher2Teacher is one of the best places for educators all over the world to connect with one another. Reach out to them if you want the answer to a tough teaching conundrum.
👻 Trick or treat – and teach!
— Teacher2Teacher (@teacher2teacher) October 28, 2020
Teaching is a profession that requires you to constantly learn and develop. The best place to head for help with that is the Teacher Development Trust.
New for 2020/21, we now offer Collaborative Enquiry Training – designed to equip teachers who want to engage in research-informed practice to design and implement collaborative enquiry in their school. Find out more and register your interest at https://t.co/4IqelJqZwG pic.twitter.com/QnuNVYYvUT — Teacher Development Trust (@TeacherDevTrust) October 23, 2020
Diversity in teaching is rightfully under the spotlight today more than ever. Allana Gay is a founding member of the BAMEed network, placing her on the frontline of the issue.
Looking for something new to read, listen to or watch that might challenge your thinking? Check out over 500 resources on our website – https://t.co/kRhNNe0rD5
— Allana (@AllanaG13) October 26, 2020
For more on the industry’s efforts to increase diversity and opportunity for BAME teachers, be sure to also check that very same network mentioned above.
From Sept 20 – Jun 21, we’ll be facilitating a series of courageous conversations about race. Ahead of these events to encourage dialogue, we’ve started to collate videos & reading to prompt reflection.https://t.co/zYAHaQyDY8@dee_delo @DominiChoudhury Aleisha Lewis and @dkgill pic.twitter.com/lYZFvSvBUo — #BAMEed (@BAMEedNetwork) August 25, 2020
Lynn McCann tweets provides support, advice and expertise in the area of autism in teaching. Check her out on twitter and read over her exclusive piece for Hope Education – ways to support autistic children in schools.
Here is a video of me talking about how to talk about puberty with #autistic children.https://t.co/xyWxbxemC0, (organised by @gdmorewood )
teachers, carers can find it helpful. And here are some resources you can use. #BePrepared pic.twitter.com/Ln8ESGXVHT
— Lynn McCann – ReachoutASC (@ReachoutASC) October 24, 2020
An author and director at Creative Education, Dr Pooky Knightsmith is an expert in a field of such important today – mental health. She shares her tips and advice on Twitter via a series of YouTube videos.
Wellbeing Hack | Using time blocking to achieve a better life work balance https://t.co/NLWngCpWwd This is a simple technique I’m finding helpful… maybe you’ll find it useful too? (felt like a useful thing to reflect on during the half term break for many) Please RT — Dr Pooky Knightsmith (@PookyH) October 26, 2020
Following in the footsteps of other industries like football and the justice system, the Secret Headteacher takes you behind the scenes of the profession with at times brutal honesty.
5 Things Teachers Should Know
1 Kids like being in your class
2 They appreciate the effort you put in
3 They don’t mind if sometimes you need a break and books don’t get marked
4 Parents think you’re doing a good job, but probably won’t say
5 You’re doing better than you think
— Secret Headteacher (@secretHT1) October 19, 2020
Deputy headteacher and lover of his role as educator, Mr G has created #FFBWednesday, allowing people in education to connect with one another.
It’s #FFBWednesday, a great way to make connections and build your PLN. It’s easy: ⭐️Like and retweet this to spread the word! ⭐️Comment below with your edu bio and use the hashtag! ⭐️ Follow and follow back those who you think would be a great addition to your support network! pic.twitter.com/Cs2XGCOowU — Mr G 🙋♂️ (@deputygrocott) October 28, 2020
Author Paul Garvey has published books on Ofsted preparations and professional development in schools, but his Twitter is full of enthusiasm and support for the profession.
I think that’s half-term!
How you’ve got through this half-term, staff in schools; leaders, teachers, support staff and ancillary staff staff is an enormous credit to both your resilience and your unwavering care for your pupils.
Just… Thank you! 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/NxstOmpePs
— Talk for Teaching (@PaulGarvey4) October 23, 2020
Heading back to the subject of diversity and opportunity, @WomenEd connects aspiring and existing women in global education.
One of the strategical leaders of that women’s organisation is Vivienne Porritt, who also has an excellent TEDx talk on celebrating uniqueness.
I want to live in a world where normal doesn’t exist and we value each, unique person. Will you help me to achieve this? Thank you 💜#TEDxNorwichED #DisabilityEd #WomenEd https://t.co/K7BVifPO2C… https://t.co/dFYor4jd8e
— Vivienne Porritt Esq. FCCT (@ViviennePorritt) July 17, 2018
For educational quotes, teaching hacks and content from his own @teachergoals Twitter, take a look at US based Brad Weinstein.
Another light-hearted entry to finish. Fake headteacher is a parody account that takes a humorous look at the everyday struggles of teaching – plus the occasion rant!
I’ve worked really hard today! I’ve responded to all of the feedback given to the class and to me personally. You pick up on problems and extend appropriately. Why do you insist on writing a next step on my work? Are you told to? Just tell me I’ve done well. Ta👍
— Fake Headteacher (@FakeHeadteacher) October 24, 2020
We couldn’t complete our list without giving a shoutout to our own channel. Head to the Hope Education Twitter for lots of inspiration, fun and support for all you educators out there.
Educational Twitter hashtags for teachers
For a general, all encompassing hashtag for those adding to the educational Twittersphere.
Got something to say in relation to educational tech? There’s are a dedicated hashtag for that.
Exactly the same purpose as the #edchat channel, but purely for the purpose of reaching those in the UK.
For more on the efforts of the industry to improve diversity and opportunity for the BAME community.
Elevating the efforts of women in education, #WomenEd focuses on promoting social change in the industry.
Another broad hashtag as your one-stop-shop for getting the lowdown on what’s going on in education on any given day.
One final diversity-focused hashtag, this time looking to celebrate the LGBT community-arm of education.
For all the that little things that make teaching what it is, head to #teacherlife – you’ll surely find something that puts a smile on your face.
Like we said, we couldn’t possibly mention every educational account worthy of mention – so huge apologises to anyone we missed out. If your favourite teaching twitter account isn’t on this list, head over to @HopeEducationUK and let us know!