#globalclassroom Chat: Eat Your Frogs (Take 2)

June has arrived and that means it is time for another #globalclassroom chat. This month we are pleased to announce the return of two past moderators, David Potter (@GlobalReady) and Laurie Renton (@RentonL), who bring with them a slightly revised version of a past favorite – their very popular (and fun) eating frogs chat!

Eating Frogs for Global Classrooms

Do you ever participate in Twitter chats, attend free virtual conferences and connect with other like-minded educators from around the world? Do you ever wonder why there aren’t thousands of teachers and classrooms joining these totally awesome free, anytime, anywhere chats and sessions? And, more to the point, why aren’t millions of teachers and students collaborating with partners worldwide every day? As @ktvee put it during #ntchat last year:

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Perhaps it’s not that easy for most educators yet but after this month’s #globalclassroom chat maybe we can all help to make it a little easier!

The chat topic title comes from a nifty Global Education Conference keynote by the awesome social media maven Beth Kanter. While discussing procrastination, Beth asked us to “eat that frog.” Wondering what she meant? Author Brian Tracy explains:

An old saying is that, “If the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long!” Your “FROG” is the one thing you are most likely to procrastinate on if you don’t do something about it now!  It is also the one task that can have the greatest positive impact on your life and results at the moment.

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Watch this Eat That Frog video based on a quote by Brian Tracy and uploaded by simpletruthstv.     If it’s the worst thing you do all day, things are looking up!

To further explore this idea, June’s #globalclassroom chat topic is:

How can we help our peers eat their frogs so they can connect their classrooms globally?


Q1: If you have a global classroom, what frog did you need to eat before you went global? #globalclassroom

Q2: If you would like to go global, what frog do you feel you need help eating? #globalclassroom

Q3: What can frog-eating teachers with global classrooms do to help their peers eat their respective frogs? #globalclassroom

Q4: Eating frogs can be messy. How do we best “learn to learn from each other, not just about each other?” #globalclassroom


Based on past experience with the #globalclassroom chats, we are trialling an adjusted chat timetable, with two (rather than three) chats typically starting on the second (or third) Saturday of the month. The sharing and learning that comes from these discussions enriches our practice and the learning experiences of our students. We hope that you will join us!

Check below for the time that best fits with your zone:

Chat 1 ~ Saturday June 20, 2015

10:00 UTC (Europe/Asia/Australia)

  • 6:00 North Carolina, 11:00 London, 12:00 (noon) Cape Town, 15:30 New Delhi, 18:00 Perth, 20:00 Sydney, 22:00 Auckland
  • Click here to find out when this is in YOUR timezone.

Chat 2: Saturday June 20, 2015

23:00 UTC (Americas/Asia/Australia)

  • Saturday night USA – 16:00 Los Angeles, 19:00 New York and North Carolina
  • Sunday morning – – 07:00 Perth, 9:00 Sydney, 11:00 Auckland
  • Click here to find out when this is in YOUR timezone

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