In the past couple of weeks I've been challenging myself to actually participate in some of the conversations going on on Twitter. Historically, I would read them and think they were interesting, but not necessarily toss in my two cents. The MTBos (Math Twitter Blog o Sphere)...mostly blogs for me in the past...has offered me so much. I feel ready to start giving back and being more active.
On Saturday afternoon of TMC13 (Twitter Math Camp), David Wees
@davidwees and Justin Lanier @j_lanier schooled me on why I might want
to dive into the Twitter World to participate in the MTBoS. "It's like a
dinner party with tons of people that you admire," David said. "You
can ask people about their cool ideas directly. It's the best faculty
lounge there is." I have Facebook (though I don't really love it...I
mostly just feel jealous and lazy when I read it) and I wasn't sure why I
would want to add another platform like that to my life. After TMC13,
though, I couldn't imagine not being about to continue the conversations
that I had had with folks there.
Although I still feel very young in the MTBoS world, last night as I read some posts from new folks, I was realizing how much I've learned from this community, how much I have grown in the last several years as a teacher:
-Instituted Standards Based Grading in my ninth grade
-Convinced my entire department (and got the admin team to consider it school-wide) to use SBG
-Felt supported and in good company as I think about new ideas
-Know a ton more acronyms :-)
-Inspired to start thinking about Interactive Student Notebooks
-Huge files full of lesson and method ideas
If the MTBoS were a foreign language, I would be conversational, not quite proficient and still striving for fluent. I love that there is always more to learn, always new ideas and concepts to explore. Through Twitter I hope to challenge my fears of writing and jump more fully into the conversations.
Last night, my partner, @adkpiper, and I explored how replying to tweets affects who gets to see them. He even wrote a blog post about it: http://www.holliseaster.com/p/why-are-tweets-missing/