I am a relatively new convert to Twitter. I love it. Not from a social climber, celebrity follower, cool person maker way, from a purely professional, educational networking kind of way. I am lucky to have been thrown in with some excellent people to follow.
I want to tell you why I think sharing the love on Twitter is awesome, and what it does for me.
- Networking: I have made connections with some fabulous education people such as Russell Tarr (creator of http://www.classtools.net) @russelltarr and Ross Morrison McGill AKA Teacher Toolkit (creator of http://www.teachertoolkit.me) @teachertoolkit. I have made contact with these two wonderful teachers both on and off Twitter. Russ invited me to submit a proposal for an international teaching conference in Toulouse in November, where I will be speaking about effective learner behaviours as inspired by TEEP. Ross has been a huge inspiration and actively helped me organise my own TeachMeet at my school.
- Exposure to ideas, resources and movements: I have come to discover WomenEd which is an amazing collection of women fighting the lack of females in leadership. As an inspiring Head/T&L coordinator I find their work crucial to my own career. I regularly share resources and blog posts, as do many others. Just today I found a new TEEP inspired strategy shared by @87history.
- Chatting: the professionals on twitter are all there for the same reasons as me, to share practice, resources and wisdom. To connect. We do this, as a collective, for our practice and our children. You can join in #chats on twitter, my particular favourites are #engchat and #sltchat. Both have designated topics and are hosted by one or more twitter users.
Now I think they are 3 flipping good reasons to sign up. Follow me @keeponteeping.
As I sit here, on a Friday evening that marks the exact halfway point through this half term; I wonder whether colleagues will even have the time or energy to explore this little world of teaching and learning I hope to create. Then I consider the benefit that this blog will hopefully provide and I remain positive in my faith of my co-teachers.
I have been extremely lucky to fall into an excellent crowd of people in the twitter-sphere (@keeponteeping), so much so, that after a mere few months on Twitter, and less than a year as a regular contributor to resources on TES (mrshannahlester), I was approached by the organiser of the Practical Pedagogies Conference and asked to submit a proposal for a workshop.It occurred to me that I wanted to share my ideas and insights as widely as possible – the TES alongside Twitter’s 140 characters just weren’t enough space!
I am an enthusiastic teacher, trained in Art and Design but converted to English after my NQT year. I have taught in a special behaviour centre, and now happily teach away my days in a mainstream school in Shropshire. I teach both KS3 & KS4 English and Art (roughly a 90:10 split) and have a passion for T&L that have been ignited by a wonderful mentor, Teaching and Learning Lead and Deputy Head in my current school.
Through some amazing CPD opportunities including TEEP training and OSIRIS courses; I have embraced new ways of teaching, and encouraged new ways to learn through a myriad of techniques and behaviours. I have also thrown myself into the twitter-sphere and am delighted to have come across fantastic people such as Te@cher Toolkit and Tips4Teaching. I also actively seek out T&L books to help improve and hone my craft. With this blog, I (and sometimes my NQT Colleague Dave @DaveHBeddows and TES davehbeddows) hope to record and share a slice of the T&L magic we are trying to create on a daily basis. I am also currently organising a TeachMeet for my school and Primary partners. More details to follow.
Therefore the plan is this: 4 posts a month each with a different focus. I intend to, for now, focus on the following 4 topics each month – a review of a T&L a focussed book or blog, a musing on a larger T&L related topic or CPD I have attended or organised, a practical activity that can be applied the next day and finally a slice of NQT/RQT experience of school life.
I hope you both enjoy and benefit from this little T&L world.
N.B – these views are purely my own, they do not represent any school I currently or have ever worked for. Where possible, when I mention another source I shall direct you to their website and/or other platforms. All information is correct at the time of posting.