Why Use Twitter?

I constantly spread the message of Twitter to those who will listen. (My coworkers have heard that message….a lot.) There are a few who utilize Twitter at my building, but I’m on a mission to encourage more people to use it. So, I sat down in a notebook and compiled a list of reasons to use Twitter. Here is what I came up with. 

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It’s Free & Easy to use!
There’s not much else to say about this fact. IT’S FREE! Create an account and get started. There really isn’t much of a learning curve with Twitter.

Connect with other educators
There is nothing better than connecting with other educators who share your passions, love to collaborate, and challenge your thinking. In my opinion, those are three essential pieces to any quality PD: collaborate, share passions, challenge your thinking.

There are weekly #chats where educators come together to discuss ideas. I’ve been involved in many and have never walked away without a new idea. #chats can be grade-level specific (#5thchat, #1stchat, etc) , or can just be about an educational idea/revolution (#tlap, #llap). There are so many chats, and it’s easy to take part. You can post any tweet with those hashtags, as well, and anyone who searches the hashtags can see it.

On your own time & 365 days of access
No one tells me when to logon to Twitter. No one tells me how long I need to spend on Twitter to earn a “PD point”. But despite these things, I find myself constantly logging on to read and discuss different topics and ideas relevant to education.

Sense of community
This point ties in with connecting with other educators. The individuals I’ve encountered on Twitter have been nothing but helpful. I’ve tweeted requests for resources, and I’ve tweeted questions, and each time multiple people respond. Although your tweets initially are seen by your followers, your followers can retweet it to their followers, and BOOM, you’ve just reached more people within minutes of posting.

In the current era of PD-driven education Twitter is invaluable. Twitter is not a burden. It is not “another thing” to do. It’s really become a part of the “dough” of my teaching. Start small, and as you become comfortable with it tweet more often, get involved in #chats, and have fun! Share your experiences.

The question should be: Why not use Twitter? 

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This is another one of my favorite posts from my old blog. It was written a couple of years ago, and the content still holds true! I love Twitter and over the past couple of years I’ve connected with even more great educators. My Twitter PLN inspires me to be better! Are you on Twitter, yet?

One Cafe Manager…Serving Culture for Breakfast

This was a post from last Fall, but as I’m moving my blog to a new platform, I’m moving over the posts that I feel are most important. This is the first post I’m moving. Enjoy!

 

Lisa Garrett. Cafeteria Manager at Stockwell Elementary. Many would consider her job a small part of the school environment – but I have news for you, all of the staff at Stockwell would wholeheartedly disagree with that statement.

Lisa greets the staff each and every morning with an email. Her energy and voice come through the email and invigorates us all for the day to come. Below is an example of such an email:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2N9SPvtZ6pE

Sorry Peepsters – I just couldn’t start out the day any other way after last night.  It’s been 108 years in the making but my Cubbies finally pulled it off and cancelled the curse of the Billy Goat.  Can I get a big old Wahooooo…..  (Sorry Ms. Brocato!)

Now that I have that out of my system (well, not entirely!), what can I do for you today?  Pizza and turkey and cheese sammies are going to be sliding across the serving line today, but if you fancy something else…..you know what to do.  (Oh yeah, the tuna salad got lonely and swam away with the pimento cheese spread, but I still have plenty of chicken salad.)

Have a stupendous kind of day Folks.  GO CUBS!!!!  Toodles J

Trivia:  Who won the first American Nobel Prize for science in 1907?

**The head of the University of Chicago physics department, Albert Michalson. The University of Chicago has more Nobel Laureates associated with it than any other institution (64). In 1942, the University of Chicago became the site of the world’s first controlled atomic reaction. (Kapowwie!)

Not only is she a shining face and personality for the children, but she also takes care of the staff. We can’t say enough how much we appreciate her.

The following happened yesterday:

Lisa sent out an email saying that she had a batch of scrambled eggs with bacon, and that if teachers wanted some all they had to do was walk to the cafe and get some. Well, in my role, I serve two buildings, and that happened to be a day where I was at my other building. I playfully emailed back, “WHAAAAATTTT?!?!?!? I’d be all over that if I was there today.”

I went about my business at my other building. About 20 or 30 minutes later, guess who I see coming up to the building? ? ? That’s right….LISA GARRETT! In her hands are two bags, each with a helping of delicious eggs and a cup of fruit. Hand delivered. I was speechless. Absolutely speechless.

The positivity that she brings to our school culture could never be accurately expressed with words. She doesn’t do any of these things for recognition, but she more than deserves some!