Teachers on Twitter: why you should join and how to get started
Thanks to inspiring and generous teachers on the social media site, my passion for my job has been renewed. I’ve been using Twitter for six months and it’s already one of the best career decisions I’ve made.
For a while, it seemed that my relationship with teaching was going to be short lived (the first rush of excitement and energy was gone and in need of resuscitation). But thanks to some of the inspiring educators on Twitter, I have fallen back in love with teaching.
Over the past few months, I have learned so much, not only about classroom teaching but also about wider educational debates.
The blogs of some incredible teachers have taught me far more about my profession, and given me more practical ideas, than my MA in education did. I’ve taken many useful pointers from Rebecca Foster (@TLPMsF) especially, who blogs weekly about practical ideas for the classroom.
We are often portrayed as a miserable bunch, constantly striking and always angry about the latest injustice imposed on our education system. Even to me, the word “teacher” conjures an image of an exhausted, underpaid and overworked drone, counting down the years until retirement.
But this is not the case. Teachers of all ages and nationalities come together on Twitter and they are excited about the profession, their subjects and the students they teach.
There are so many incredible teachers, each with their own approach that they are happy to share. Twitter has opened my eyes to the fact that there isn’t just one teaching style. I am proud to say that I’ve embraced different ideas and believe my teaching has improved as a result.
Follow everyone to begin with, then narrow it down. Twitter will then recognise the types of people you engage with and refine its recommendations. I’ve learned so much from @MrsSpalding, @FKRitson, @fod3, @mr_englishteachand @shadylady222 about teaching English. For wider educational debates, @DavidDidau and @JamesTheo are always posting interesting thoughts.
If you’re already a teacher on Twitter, thank you. If you’re not, I hope I’ve convinced you to join. I promise that Twitter will save you more time than it will ever cost you.