As an educator, it can be hard to find the time to seek out new ideas and important industry news when all you want to do after a long school day is kick back and relax. Some days, you just want to consume content that makes you smile.
That’s where Twitter comes in. With over 261 million users worldwide, Twitter is an endless stream of inspiration—shared in 280 characters or less, of course. It can be very overwhelming to filter through millions of accounts, from political figures to your favorite musicians, just to find accounts to follow that will bring some happiness to your day. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of 15 Twitter accounts you should follow to inspire your teaching and uplift your day:
- Nicholas A. Ferroni (@NicholasFerroni)
Ferroni is a teacher in New Jersey who shares many articles and resources pertaining to the education industry. He is an advocate for teachers and education in the US, and his tweets will make you feel supported and heard.
- Catlin Tucker (@Catlin_Tucker)
Tucker is a Google Certified Innovator, author, and blended learning expert who shares uplifting quotes and useful articles that she writes and posts from her own blog. Her editorial-style blogs will help you gain new perspective about being an educator.
- MindShift (@MindShiftKQED)
MindShift shares insights on the future of learning, focusing on cultural and tech trends as well as innovations in education. MindShift also produces a podcast focused on the future of learning.
- Anael Alston (@DrAAlston)
Dr. Alston is an education advocate, author, and former NYS Principal of the Year. He shares tweets focused on improving education to benefit students and will inspire you as an educator.
- TeachThought (@TeachThought)
TeachThought is a blog and podcast focused on innovation in education through the growth of educators. Their Twitter brings you the best of their site, as well as inspiring quotes and helpful infographics.
- Bored Teachers (@Bored_Teachers)
This Twitter account was created by teachers for teachers. They share funny quotes and relatable tweets about the struggles and rewards of being a teacher.
- Ken Blanchard (@kenblanchard)
Blanchard is a speaker, leadership guru, and author. He shares articles and tweets focused on leadership, and he will inspire you to step up your leadership game.
- Dalai Lama (@DalaiLama)
The Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of Tibet, and he has a Twitter handle! Follow his account for uplifting and encouraging tweets about life, happiness, and world peace.
- John Maeda (@johnmaeda)
Maeda is the head of computational design and inclusion at Automattic (@automattic) and is passionate about turning STEM into STEAM. He shares tweets that will inspire you as a leader and classroom designer.
- Kid President (@iamkidpresident)
Kid President is an internet personality played by 15-year-old Robby Novak, aka the sweetest and most genuine teen on the internet. His Twitter is run by Brad Montague (@thebradmontague), the creator of the Kid President personality and YouTube series on the SoulPancake channel (@soulpancake). Not only will following Kid President inspire you to be a better person, but it is also sure to make you smile every day.
- Liza Koshy (@lizakoshy)
Koshy initially gained fame through the Vine app, but is now a well-known YouTube creator and internet celebrity. Her key message is to love yourself, and she lives to make others laugh and smile. Follow her for her funny tweets and to gain some cool points with your students.
- National Science Teachers Association (@NSTA)
The NSTA is an important Twitter account for any STEM educator to follow. Between engaging Twitter chats, interesting articles, and important upcoming events, the NSTA Twitter will help you to grow as a science educator.
- Thoughts of Dog (@dog_feelings)
This funny Twitter account posts exactly what your dog is thinking in the exact words he’d use if he could speak. The account has over 2.2 million followers and has used its following to spread positivity through humor.
- Brandon Stanton (@humansofny)
You’ve probably heard of Humans of New York, the viral photojournalism project by photographer Brandon Stanton that gives a peek into the lives of New Yorkers of every walk of life. Follow Stanton’s Twitter account for the uplifting and inspiring life stories of people he meets and photographs on the street.
- SciGirls (@SciGirls)
SciGirls is an Emmy Award winning PBS show focused on changing the way girls see STEM and the way STEM accepts girls. Follow along with this account for ways to inspire your young female students to grow in STEM fields and feel empowered as intelligent young women!
Did I miss any Twitter accounts you love? Share them in the comments section below!
These are just some of my favorites, but there are hundreds of great resources to be found on Twitter. As you begin to follow these greats, you will connect with others and expand your network of learning. Who knows—maybe in the future, you will be one of the “greats” that everyone is following!
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