Around six months ago, I jumped into the sometimes crazy, truly educational, definitely addictive, wonderful learning community that is Twitter. I had opened an account a few months prior, but didn’t do much with it at first. I am forever grateful to the everyone I have met, for they have challenged my thinking and helped me grow in countless ways. Here are a few things that I have learned more about thanks to Twitter:
- genius hour
- flipped learning
- technology integration
- augmented reality
- standards based grading
- great books to read
and the list goes on…
But one of the biggest lessons that Twitter has taught me is the importance of sharing. All of these people that I follow selflessly share everyday. They share their thoughts, ideas, successes, and inspirations. They share their frustrations, problems, and failures. At first, I was not eager to be so open about my world. I was not confident that my ideas could possibly help anyone else.
Then it happened and my world changed. I had been lurking in several edchats and finally (with a nudge from my husband) jumped into the conversation. I not only realized that I could learn more from being part of the conversation but also that I could contribute in a positive way. There are times that I feel underwater because the conversations are flying so quickly, and times that I am uncomfortable because the topic is something new to me. But the discomfort is paired with an excitement that cannot be matched. It is the excitement of expanding my world, learning something new, and the prospect of using it in my classroom. And then there is a calm…because I know if I need any support, my PLN will be there with answers, examples, and a helping hand. The more I give, the more I get back.
Sharing is caring about others, your students, your school, and your personal learning! I can’t wait to look back at the list I created above a year from now and see what new wonderful things are on the horizon. Here’s to new adventures, trial and error, and sharing about it so we can grow!
What’s on your list of new learning? Share and we will all learn!