Seriously. If you are a teacher, and you aren’t on Twitter (or at least reading math teacher blogs), you are seriously missing out on an amazing experience. There is an entire network of brilliant math teachers who are very active on Twitter. They are constantly sharing links and sending out tweets that contain information that is helpful and relevant to what I teach every day. Here is what I see (and participate in) on Twitter everyday:
- Lesson planning – a teacher will have an idea that needs developing. He/she will tweet the beginnings of an idea. Multiple teachers will read this tweet and make suggestions. More teachers join and make more suggestions. The idea grows and develops. In minutes, you have an amazing idea that is more that you could have ever thought up on your own.
- Links to amazing resources. – When teachers find a great idea, a new game, a cool graph, etc. they will tweet it out for all to see and enjoy.
- Networking – It can be difficult for the too few, too busy teachers in your department at school to try to help you out during the day. On Twitter, there are hundreds of teachers for each subject area. And they love being on Twitter, and they love to talk to other teachers that teach their same subject.
- Help – If you need something, tweet it! Chances are, there is an amazing teacher out there that has exactly the resource you are looking for. It is much more efficient than trolling the internet.
- Support – Teaching is hard work, and we have some bad days. There is nothing better than 15 – 20 teachers tweeting you warm fuzzies when you need it the most. They’re going through it with you, and their words mean more than those from family and friends because they actually understand.
I know it seems daunting, but it’s really easy once you jump in. You just need to create an account, start following people, and read the tweets. Then, follow people who’s tweets you like. Then jump in! To make it very easy and painless, Sam Shaw created a website just for new teachers to make jump into tweeting and reading blogs easier. This is where you should start. Please visit his site to read a much better description of what the site it, then visit the site itself!