A while back I thought twitter was just for movie stars and famous (or not so famous) people who have too much time on their hands. I mean, who really wants to know what some random person ate for lunch that day? Back in the winter when my colleague, John, introducted me to twitter, I was skeptical. I remained open minded, however, and tried out twitter. After a few weeks, I was still a little unsure. I mean, how would I have the time to keep up with posts, some of which were useful, and some which were not. Then, I must have made some smart decisions and picked the "right" people to follow. These people led me to the #msmathchat, which in turn, led me to #MTBoS. Now, I can't imagine not being on twitter.
Teaching can feel somewhat lonely at times. This seems ironic seeing as you are constantly surrounded by people, but it is true. I also get frustrated sometimes when I see people that have taught for years and are doing nothing to grow professionally. Time is always the number one barrier to professional development, and I still haven't figured out the answer to that. I suppose the answer may simply be: if it's important to you, you can somehow find the time. Twitter has eased my frustrations and loneliness as I can always find inpiration there. If I feel lost or stuck for ideas I can also reach out and get ideas from others. My favourite cheerleader on twitter is definitely none other than Justin Aion.
This week's mission was to go outside of my comfort zone and become a little more active on twitter. One of the first things I did was to introduce myself to Fawn Nguyen, who is just amazingly inspiring! In doing so, I may have started some sort of twitter battle (just fun ribbing, really) between her and @mr_stadel. Then, a whole bunch of others got in on it, including THE Dan Meyer (wow!!), @MTChirps, @Mythagon, @lbburke, @nathankraft1. Although they threatened me with duct taping and hazing of some sort, I think they are all nice and just joking. Or, so Fawn tells me........look for my next post: Attack of the "Nice" MTBoS Gang!