While I’m not entirely new to Twitter, I hadn’t fully engaged in conversations with others in the Twittersphere until recently. Sadly, it’s taken a pandemic for me to learn how to connect with others on Twitter, but I have to say, now that I have, it’s been life-changing! I’ve met folks from all over the world who share the same love and passion for teaching as I do and it has been absolutely inspiring, to say the least.
From joining podcasts and recording Youtube interviews, to participating in Zoom calls and direct message conversations, the ways in which Twitter has allowed me to connect personally with others is unbelievable. I was completely unaware of how easily Twitter allows for the kinds of deep connections I have begun to make with just a few simple keystrokes.
Recently, I’ve taken advantage of the opportunity to participate in several education-related Twitter chats and wanted to share a few of them with you. I am grateful for all I have learned from my peers in education through these deeply informative mini-conversations carried out with just 280 characters at a time!
TIP: If you are new to chats like I am, check out Cybrary Man’s page “How To Take Part in or Moderate a Chat on Twitter” or Paul B. Kaiser’s article “Twitter Chat Rules & Tools for Beginners” which are both filled with helpful information on how to get started participating in Twitter Chats. These resources have been immensely helpful to me as I continue to learn to navigate the chat process! It’s a little scary at first, but believe me, you’ll have the hang of it in no time!
5-Star Education Chats You Just Have to Join!
The chats below are just a few of those that I’ve dropped in on over the past few weeks. In these chats, I have met amazing people; I have been inspired by profound wisdom and great ideas and insights; and I have learned more than I ever imagined possible. Check them out for yourself and see. You won’t regret it!
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Kick Your Week Off with Loads of Positivity!
Sun., 9:00 pm ET
During this inspiring chat, @RomanNowak guides participants on a reflective discussion where he injects his enthusiasm and words of encouragement to help facilitate hope-building. You will leave invigorated and ready to take on whatever challenges you face in teaching kids or whatever it is you do. This chat brings a lovely close to the weekend while at the same time prepares you to look positively towards the week ahead!
Have a Blast Honing Your Craft with Expert Educators.
Mon., 9:00 pm ET
This education chat is a blast! Inspired by Dave Burgess’s best-selling book, Teach Like a PIRATE: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator, these chats will take you on an entertaining journey of discovery about what works in education. These chats are filled with expert advice and information, and you’ll find yourself scrolling through the thoughtful comments long after the chat is over! Another fantastic place to meet some really great people!
Learn, Laugh, and Grow with Leaders in Education.
Thurs., 8:00 pm ET
This chat is so inviting and entertaining! The participants and moderators are warm, friendly, and extremely enlightening. The @teachbetterteam has created a fantastic discussion platform where educators of all sorts can connect and grow. You’ll leave so excited and with fresh, new ideas to put to work in your classroom right away! This is a fun bunch of folks with whom you’ll definitely enjoy sharing conversation. Don’t miss this one!
Fast-Paced Discussion & Rapid-Fire Learning!
Sat., Fast Chat at 10:00 am ET
Hang on to your hats, folks! This chat hosted by @CrazyPLN will give your fingers, thumbs, and your brains a workout! You won’t believe all you’ll learn in this quick 30-minute Saturday morning chat. Set your coffee to the side because you won’t have time for a sip; however, afterward, you’ll have a lot to ponder over a fresh cup as you contemplate all the knowledge you gained in these thirty quick and “crazy” minutes!
Where I’m Headed Next…
There are so many more engaging Twitter chats I’ve not had the pleasure of joining yet, but the chats below are on my schedule for the coming week. I am excited about the connections I’ll make and the wisdom I’ll gain from these friendly and inspiring folks!
Join in the conversation with me, won’t you?!
Critical Questions About Our Practice.
Tues., 9:00 pm ET
In recent weeks, this chat has presented critical questions surrounding Growth through Adversity and has invited educational leaders to share their own stories of perseverance. This week, the chat will be centered on The Power of Intentionality. I can’t wait to engage in what I know will be a powerful conversation.
“A Shared Vision of What Education Can and Should Be.”
Wed., Fast Chat at 9:30 pm ET
Hosted by Education Never Dies, their tagline states, “Our Journey starts where Ordinary Ends. The END is really just the BEGINNING!” This sounds like a fantastic adventure I can’t wait to join in on! I discovered this chat through the creative and engaging content of @MrCheney & @PavWander of the amazing podcast, @StaffPodcast. I know this is will be a great chat! Check out the Education Never Dies website. This crew sounds amazing!
A Brand New Chat from a Brand New Teacher!
Thurs., 7:30 pm ET
When I saw the post-chat chatter on this chat (tongue-twister!), I knew I had missed out. This first-year teacher is setting Twitter on fire! @SydneyKoch is energetic and creative and has so much to offer all teachers, experienced or otherwise. I can’t wait to join her conversation on Thursday!
These last few months in quarantine have been tough, but the folks I have connected with on Twitter have helped ease the discomfort and fear brought on by this terrible situation. I know that I am truly not alone and that has been a blessing. I’ve learned so much more in recent months about the world of education and about people and their interests, and especially about what it means to be kind and passionate. These connections give me hope that when all the chaos surrounding this pandemic is done, our kids are going to be okay because we have worked harder to become better. We are choosing to grow ourselves by design, and our kids will benefit from it. This is what we do. It’s who we are as educators. One simple chat can open us up to so very much.
Unfortunately, I know I’m missing out on many other amazing chats, so please tell me about your favorite Twitter chats in the comments section below. And, be sure to share any pointers you have for successfully engaging, too. I’m still getting the hang of things myself!
I look forward to learning and growing with you!
“We don’t grow by accident, we grow by design.”