It’s that wonderful time of year again when my Facebook feed is filled with classroom decorations, first-day-of-school pictures, and messages of good luck to teachers, students, and parents alike. While I absolutely love reading the posts and seeing the pictures, I do not often share on Facebook. In fact, I used to be hesitant to embrace any social media as a means to connect with others. It was just a bit out of my personal comfort zone. That is, until I heard Max Ray’s Ignite talk, Tweet Me, Maybe? at one of our state math meetings. I was skeptical as Max described the people with whom he interacts on Twitter, the wonderful math conversations they share, and the connections and relationships they form, which carry over into occasional face-to-face meetings at conferences. But I put aside my skepticism and decided to join Twitter that evening. And although it was a slow start for me, I cannot now imagine my professional life without it.
In one of my first meetings of the school year, a colleague asked why I found Twitter so valuable as an educator. I rambled on and on about all my great experiences: the people I’ve met, the math concepts and strategies I’ve learned about, and the amazing resources I’ve gained. Afterward, as I reflected upon my experience with Twitter, I realized that though I do appreciate Twitter for all the reasons I provided my colleague, the most important element is the people: my tweeps. Twitter for me has been all about getting better together. Which makes me especially excited to share my Twitter experience with the over 200 teachers currently registered for our Making Number Talks Matter book study. This book study will use Twitter, Facebook, and Teaching Channel Teams to create an interactive, real-time learning experience. I look forward to connecting with more educators from around the world through this experience and, who knows? I may even make some of them Twitter-lovers too.
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