Twitter? I’m on Facebook! Why should I join Twitter?
My friend and school librarian, Travis Jonker and I are going to present a PD session on Twitter this week. It got me thinking about why I love Twitter as a teacher and why I think other teachers would benefit from tweeting. So here are my five reasons. By the way, I think each reason has made me a better teacher.
Reason #1 : The Nerdy Book Club
The reason I joined Twitter is because Donalyn Miller (aka The Book Whisperer) told me to join Twitter. Well, she didn’t tell me personally….but she did tell a crowd of teachers to join Twitter and I was in that crowd. I’m not going to lie…I had no interest in joining Twitter. I really thought it was a place for celebrities to talk about themselves. And I really didn’t want to hear about what Ashton Kutcher had for dinner. So I was shocked when Donalyn said it was a great community for teachers. She was right (of course)!
All teachers should join Twitter. It is a great community. And the place I feel most at home is with my fellow book nerds! The Nerdy Book Club hashtag and blog includes authors, teachers, librarians and parents who love children’s books. We use the hashtag #nerdybookclub and support each other’s love for books. We believe in fostering a love for books in our classrooms and helping students become lifelong readers.
I recommend following these Nerdy Book Club educators on Twitter @nerdybookclub @donalynbooks @colbysharp @mrschureads @100scopenotes @katsok @cbethm
Reason #2: Meeting educators from around the world
It is amazing to connect with educators from around the world. I am now friends with teachers that are working in many different countries-all thanks to Twitter. It is awesome how much I am learning from them. For example, I have always been fascinated with the education system in Finland. I’ve read many articles about how exceptional education is in Finland. So I was overjoyed to connect with an American teacher who is teaching in Finland. I love learning from Tim on Twitter and also from his amazing blog about teaching in Finland called Taught By Finland. It really has made me look at my own teaching practices differently and think deeply about the education system in the United States.
I recommend you follow these amazing educators that are teaching around the world: @timdwalk @stylinlibrarian @Victortweets
Reason #3: Being pushed to take risks and try new things
I am not the most tech savy person… but I use more tech tools in the classroom because of all the amazing educators on Twitter. They have pushed me to stretch as an educator when it comes to technology. I use Skype, blogging, a classroom website and Biblionasium because of Twitter. Who benefits from all the tech tools I learn about on Twitter? My students! In fact I know my students love Skyping with authors, teachers and librarians. I don’t think I would have taken the plunge without a gentle push from my educator friends on Twitter.
Reason #4: Amazing Authors
Authors are my rock stars! They write amazing books my students and I love and their continued generosity is inspiring! I have made some awesome connections with authors on Twitter. I am always floored by their humor, wit, kindness and creativity. I am still in awe that my students and I were able to Skype with authors Kate Messner and Katherine Applegate last year. This year Ame Dyckman has agreed to Skype with my students. We are so lucky! I know I wouldn’t have made these fabulous connections without Twitter.
I recommend following these awesome authors: @AmeDyckman @KateMessner @kaaauthor
Reason #5: Feeling positive about being an educator
The positive people I have met on Twitter have lifted me up and made me realize why I am a teacher. In a time when it can be easy to dwell on the negative in teaching, it is refreshing to interact with so many positive teachers and librarians. The teachers and librarians I follow are making a difference, learning, growing and sharing the positive things that are going on in their classrooms and libraries every day. How can you not feel renewed and inspired when reading Colby Sharp’s blog posts? Or Katherine Sokolowski’s blog? There are so many inspiring and creative educators to follow on Twitter and that leads you to their insightful and amazing blogs as well.
I recommend you follow these positive people: @loveofxena @colbysharp @katsok @libraryfanatic @missmac100 @juleemurphy
I hope my five reasons have convinced you to give Twitter a try. If you decide to join in please find me at @daydreamreader and I am more then willing to help you get started.
Are you already on Twitter? What do you love about it? Who do you follow that inspires you?