Is it Twitter worthy?
Is it Facebook worthy?
Is it Twitter with a picture worthy?
...is it phone call worthy?
...is it email worthy?
...is it face to face worthy?
I went to NCTM last October and heard Max from @Maxmathforum speak about all the wonderful things Twitter can do, so I guess I have been tweeting since. He was a good teacher and a good salesman. Thanks Max!
So many ways to share these days. I try not to share them in all the forms above. My current favorite is Twitter. I think because for me, it is more anonymous. I tweet @HHSMath I did do a personal account but I never go there. I just use the HHSMath one. I mostly follow math teachers and general teachers to get teaching ideas. I love that we are all teaching the same stuff around relatively the same time. My school started after Labor Day, so I do feel a bit behind the game, but then you have all tried your activities, posted, and shared them. I get to learn from you. If I need an idea for a lesson, I throw it out there and crowdsource. I love it.
Twitter isn't blocked at school and I do have it up in my tabs so I can check it out when I get a quick minute. I like to look for any interesting updates, pictures, links to news articles about cool math stuff. Sometimes when I am working at home grading papers, I will have twitter open and reward myself with it. I must keep grading until there are "10 new tweets" listed, then I can check. Whatever gets the work done, right.
I also must remember to keep everything appropriate. Twitter really feels like I am open to anyone and feels really like Big Brother. But, I enjoy reading and sharing, so therefore, I keep it clean.
I love that Twitter is immediate. There is always someone up and on Twitter. I like that I get email updates making suggestions for me. I like that I get updates on my phone via text and email so I know if my phone goes off twice, it is Twitter and I feel important.
I love when something I post gets favorited or retweeted.
I tell my teacher friends at work that Twitter is the best professional development I have ever been part of. It doesn't make them curious yet, but I am still working on it. I try sharing cool stuff I find with them and I give Twitter the credit. I predict I might get 2 teachers to try it by the end of the school year.