Branson High School Twitter Assignment

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Second-to-none facilities, academic rigor, opportunities to participate in a multitude of activities and the greatest college counseling team around are what makes Branson what it is-one of the top high schools in the world. Inexcusable lapse of judgement in the hiring of several administrators and teachers keeps Branson from getting 5 stars.
As someone who is has a lot of financial aid and does not live in Marin, it kind of sucks. The school is pretty cliquey and many of the students are ignorant and insensitive as hell (mostly to the minorities). Yes Branson has a great education and the campus and food are nice but the people that go to Branson really make much less than it could have been.
A beautiful campus, great new leadership, friendly students, strong academics, impressive sports for such a small school. There's always going to be bumps in the road in a high school experience but Branson seems to be dealing with them with effective leadership and facing any problems head on.
The Branson School is an amazing opportunity for students who would like to attend a 4-year university or college. The types of students that attend are largely extremely wealthy, white students, and those that aren't white are still usually extremely wealthy as well. For those students who do do not fit that description and/or do not live in Marin County Branson will probably not be a great fit.
Same thing said as in many previous reviews in terms of the academics. Truly demanding - no lie, my daughter was at the top of the best private middle school in Marin, and she has a boatload every week night.

That being said, this place truly is magical. Where to start? The campus is beautiful, facilities - both academic and athletic are top notch. The peer group is the highest caliber in the country. I mean that. The school draws the top students from both Marin and San Francisco.

Diversity is surprisingly prevalent here, and there is definitely a huge push by the school. The community is great - there are many opportunities to meet others via events and socials.

For such a small school, athletics are impressive (and competitive). Most students here are active in some sport, many also play at the club level. School spirit is very strong and refreshing for a school this size.

Honestly, no real negatives. The commute in/out of Ross can sometimes be a pain?
I loved going to Branson, and I feel that it prepared me very well for College. I highly recommend it!
This school is tough starting in freshman year and stays that way. Everyone here is smart. Getting through even just one year at Branson is an accomplishment all on its own. The education I have received has been unbelievable. The food is a solid 10/10. It is often hard to feel adequate in a sea of some of the smartest students in the country but it is even harder to remember that you are one of them. When I look around at the students I have gone to school with for the past 3+ years of my life, I see the people who are going to do incredible things in the future. I have been absolutely lucky to have attended this school. Getting to senior year at Branson is almost a guarantee that you will have a bright future. Now that I am a senior who has just completed his last Fall Trimester at this school, I can safely say that, despite all the stress this school has given, I love this school. There is no place on Earth quite like Branson.
–Senior, Class of 2017
I am only a Freshman or 6 weeks but I love it already. The teachers are amazing, and I feel that they truly are for their students. The workload is a lot, but if you use your study block efficiently and try to reduce procrastinating (I know, it is hard) you will do fine. Branson specializes in writing, and I have heard time and time again, that once you are a senior you can write beautifully. The people, are nice, and there is little to no bullying, but there are cliques. Whatever you need or want, Branson has it. Great sports teams, school spirit, top academics, awesome people, we have it all. If given the choice, choose Branson. You will to regret it.
Very good for a school this size
I can't say enough about how happy we have been with our experience thus far. For those who have a love of learning, they will thrive here. Those whom do not may have difficulty, as the academics are simply rigorous. My daughter came from a top private middle school at the top of her class and has hours of homework each night *every* night, till it's time for bed. If your son/daughter is prepared for that then they should thrive here. It will not matter how smart they are .. there is definitely going to be a workload. If they enjoy academics and work hard this place will be a great fit. If they are one to cut corners or have 10 million extra-curricular's it will be challenging to be a good student here. Everything at Branson has been great in terms of the school: facilities, teachers, food, etc so far. Perhaps one of the best features is that the school is small ~320 students .. so it is easy to engage each and every student. For those who need to find a voice, this school is perfect, as they will have no place to hide :)
Each teacher my daughter has had thus far have been excellent.
Teachers are very supportive of students and are willing to meet and discuss concerns with parents
School offers students a Wellness Program which includes seminars and information for students and parents.
Wide variety of clubs are available and students are free to start new clubs.
Branson is unique in that is offers rigorous academics and outstanding performance arts programs. Although it is lacking in diversity, the student body and staff are welcoming and supportive of students of color.
People participate in a lot of activities, most so that their college applications will look good. That's what drives most people here. It's truly very easy to start a new club here and it happens all the time.
There are ups and downs like any school. You're certainly encouraged to meet with teachers and there are times where they're free to meet with students. Unfortunately, the way our schedule is made, sometimes meeting with them before an assignment is due won't always be possible if your free block doesn't line up with theirs.
Great safety, health program quickly growing to meet needs of school.

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To say that teachers are busy would be an understatement!

Besides the act of teaching, you spend hours every day and on the weekend on lesson planning and grading.

But it’s also important for teachers to keep learning, and the best way to do that is from other teachers.

Thanks to modern technology, it’s now easy to connect with inspirational teachers and to learn from them.

We’ve curated this list of educational Twitter feeds to help you stay up-to-date on new technology, burgeoning trends, and or even just a daily dose of motivation.

We have considered the following qualities in compiling this list.

  1. Relevance: Solid and/or inspirational information about teaching grades K-12.
  2. Activity/Following: The feed consists of regular tweets about education and has acquired a strong following.
  1. Web 2.0 Classroom.

Why? Educator and speaker Steve Anderson intersperses articles about reading strategies and preparing leaders with inspirational quotes and the reminder to “Be awesome today.”

“7 Storytelling Apps for iPads” (https://t.co/6smIURYl40)  @web20classroom

Is his Twitter feed all about K-12 education? Yes, definitely.

  1. Cool Cat Teacher.

Why?  Mashable’s top teacher on Twitter, Vicki Davis regularly posts resources and encouragement.

“The Latest Cool Cat Teacher Daily Tweetpaper: the Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet” (https://t.co/Hom5r12cgK) @coolcatteacher

Is her Twitter feed all about K-12 education? Yes, with some insights about the world around us.

  1. The Office of Ed Tech.

Why?  The Twitter account of the US Department of Education shares new programs and resources.

“Future Ready: Technology Parent Partnership” (https://t.co/DbFUQERVwh) @OfficeofEdTech

Is their Twitter feed all about K-12 education? Yes, with a bit of preschool and higher ed thrown in for good measure

  1. Richard Byrne.

Why? Byrne posts on diverse and intriguing topics like collective brainstorming and engaging ways to teach kids yoga.

“10 Ways to Create Videos on Chromebooks” (https://t.co/fwcXuuIPYc) @rmbyrn

Is his Twitter feed all about K-12 education? Yes, it is.

  1. Andrew Ng.

Why? He offers a global perspective on emerging technology trends

“Face-recognition enabled entrance demo!” (https://t.co/UUZmuvWYcK) @AndrewYNg

Is his Twitter feed all about K-12 education? Yes, in addition to changing technology in the business world.

  1. Shelly Sanchez.

Why? Her tweets are full of fun ideas, inspiring challenges, and technology tips.

“The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers!” (https://t.co/xlVJPThLdA) @ShellTerrell

Is her Twitter feed all about K-12 education? Yes.

  1. Tom Whitby.

Why? Discussion and chats about issues impacting education.

“4 Phrases All Teachers Say and No Students Understand” (https://t.co/9ny88AnidQ) @TomWhitby

Is his Twitter feed all about K-12 education? Yes.

  1. eSchool News.

Why? Practical how-to articles are interspersed with tweets on more abstract topics, such as diversity and personalized learning.

“How Schools Are Quickly Upgrading Broadband Capacity” (http://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/01/20/broadband-access-progress/) @eschoolnews

Is their Twitter feed all about K-12 education? Yes, it is.

  1. Will Richardson.

Why? Intriguing perspectives on technology and our relationship with it.

““The smartphone [is] a machine almost perfectly designed to turn its owner into a compulsive.” (https://t.co/IuPf0tKTyd) @WillRich45

Is his Twitter feed all about K-12 education? Yes, along with observations about technology’s impact on the wider culture.

  1. Dr. Justin Tarte.

Why? A wealth of inspirational education quotes, as well as snapshots of his innovative work in schools.

“You weren’t hired to maintain the status quo. You were hired to make a difference.” (https://twitter.com/justintarte) @JustinTarte

Is his Twitter feed all about K-12 education? Definitely.

  1. Kyle Pace.

Why? This tech coach offers perspectives on new trends, conferences, and collaboration

“Google unveils two new education-focused Chromebooks” (https://t.co/KbL9IScE9c) @kylepace

Is his Twitter feed all about K-12 education? Yes, with a focus on educating educators.

  1. Larry Ferlazzo.

Why? This veteran high school teacher shares insights about education as well as the latest news in technology.

“Microsoft launches Intune for Education to counter Google’s Chromebooks in schools) (https://t.co/tlKSoTAGxX)  @Larryferlazzo

Is his Twitter feed all about K-12 education? Yes, as well as the many things that impact it.

  1. Sebastian Thrun.

Why? The founder and president of the Udacity professional development website, he tweets about relevant coursework and offers insights about the changing world of technology.

“The Udacity class who will bring machines to life” (http://t.co/n9whxmjusz) @SebastianThrun

Is his Twitter feed all about K-12 education? No, but it is full of information that will help K-12 teachers become more knowledgeable about technology.

  1. Tom Vander Ark.

Why? Tom is an advocate for education innovation and provides info on the freshest resources available to teachers.

“8 Ways Machine Learning Will Improve” (https://t.co/5fqaUFJeb6) @tvanderark

Is his Twitter feed all about K-12 education? Yes, with a few digressions relating to the worlds of science and business.

  1. Steve Wheeler.

Why? This international speaker/educator shares perspectives on education, technology, and culture.

“Maslow, technology, and learning” (https://t.co/vgXZPPgsgp) @timbuckteeth

Is his Twitter feed all about K-12 education? Yes, with occasional observations of culture and life in general.

  1. David Warlick.

Why? This 37-year educator and technologist tweets about his creative use of technology to enhance day-to-day life.

“Self-driving buses are now on the road in Helsinki” (https://twitter.com/dwarlick/status/771384877006655488) @dwarlick

Is his Twitter feed all about K-12 education? No, but his perspective on the integration of technology in many aspects of life will get you thinking about fresh ideas for your classroom.

  1. Michael L. Chasen.

Why? You can trust this technology innovator to deliver the freshest insights into apps and tools that can help you prepare learners for tomorrow.

“These 8 Startups Are Revolutionizing Educational Technology for All Ages” (https://twitter.com/michaelchasen/status/629684451371577345) @michaelchasen

Is his Twitter feed all about K-12 education? No, but you can find many great tools to enhance the classroom experience.

  1. Innovate My School.

Why? Opportunities to collaborate around issues like flipped classrooms and ways to use technology to inspire reading and writing.

“Innovating #lessonobservation and teacher development” (https://t.co/WtkG4293Oc) @InnovateMySchl

Is their Twitter feed all about K-12 education? Yes.

  1. Kevin Corbett.

Why? This edtech developer and educator tweets about “Education 3.0” and all the great apps and tools that are available.

“5 Emoji Learning Activities with Google Docs” (https://t.co/Hgh2ezX6DN) @kevin_corbett

  1. Steve Woods.

Why? This edutech consultant has creative solutions for integrating technology into everything from nurturing introverts to recruiting parent volunteers.

“The social power of a student with a Post-It” (https://twitter.com/TheSteveWoods/status/809243249051246592) @TheSteveWoods

Conclusion

So go ahead and choose some education leaders to follow so you can begin collaborating and acquiring new skills every day. A teacher must be a learner first.

 


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