Since my last post, about the role of Twitter, I decided to explore how I could use the social media platform for things beyond ‘sharing’ what goes on in my classroom (is it really ‘sharing’ if you just throw it out there, in a vacuum?).
As I began searching for hashtags to follow on Twitter, I started noticing an unusual form of interacting on Twitter: synchronously. So I began participating in a few #educhats. They’re a wonderful way to make connections and exercise your thinking and empathy skills as you try to understand the views of others. The ones I currently have on my calendar (click on the links to see the latest posts and find out when the next one is happening).
#ISEdCoach : the chat that I think stands for International School Educational Coaches seems to happen biweekly on Tuesday’s at 2 PM IST.
#BmoreEDChat : I am not sure if this one stands for something or if it’s just about being more “Ed”. 😂 Great synchronous chat on Thursdays 8 AM IST.
#SATChat : I first thought this was a chat about the US’s favorite standardized test, but it just happens to take place on a Satiurday (7:30 PM IST).
#CrazyPLN : it’s hard to find the goal or mission for some of these chats, probably because of the open-source, nobody-is-the-owner nature of these chats. This is also a good general education one on Saturdays 9 PM IST.
#LeadUpChat : focused on leadership, happens on Saturday (because leaders don’t have weekends). Every week at 9:30 PM IST.
#LeadLaP : this is one of my favorites, also related to leadership. It’s run by Beth Houf and Shelley Burgess, co-authors of Lead Like a Pirate. Saturdays 10:30 PM IST.
A6. Stay true to the purpose of the meeting. Identify the goal and make the tech work for you in getting you there, rather than assuming it is getting in the way. #EdChatEU
— Luiz Mello (he/his/him) (@imluizmello) February 7, 2021
What happens inside my head, not just inside my classroom
As I come across articles, readings, TEDTalks, or whatever else I may be doing to distract me from the pile of lab reports I have to grade, Twitter gives me a chance to share my reactions and thoughts even before they manifest themselves in my teaching. It is also a great way to harness feedback and perspectives before ideas see the light of day.
I’d not seen this one before! Thanks for sharing @melloluiz2. I really appreciated the watch with my morning coffee. A great frame of mind to start my day.
— 𝔾𝕖𝕣𝕒𝕝𝕕𝕚𝕟𝕖 𝔻𝕖 𝔽𝕒𝕫𝕚𝕠 (@GerryDeFazio) February 11, 2021
More than a teacher
Besides being a teacher, I wear other hats. Workshop leader, aspiring leader, person, thinker…. it’s wonderful to have an outlet for some things that may not be directly connected to the biggest hat I wear.
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— Toddle App (@toddle_edu) March 10, 2021
Growing a #PLN and building relationships
With more interactions on chats, particularly, it’s possible to connect with colleagues past, present and future. It’s one way of establish and nurture relationships — even as you’re no longer working at the same school. It’s also an important tool for giving shoutouts to people that you want to recognize publicly.
— Lee Hole (@LHole81) March 4, 2021
And… to have a little fun!
— Luiz Mello (he/his/him) (@imluizmello) February 10, 2021