Learning To Tweet

Wow!

Here I have been, venturing into the world of Twitter, without a clue of how I am supposed to Tweet.  There are certain ways people tweet with @ signs and # signs and names and tags and hashtags and mentions, etc…  Oh my. I still don’t know how to do all that they do with such ease.  I’m sure I will learn.  But, learning takes time. We must be patient with ourselves.  This is a good lesson for all, actually – not only do we have to be patient (and kind) to ourselves, but we need to be patient and kind to others who are taking risks and learning something new.

I would like to share a few of the things I have learned, in the few days I have been tweeting:

  • There are amazing individuals who are knowledgable and willing to share their great knowledge openly with anyone.
  • People (Tweeters?) are so welcoming, inclusive, and friendly in Twitter-land!
  • I am so impressed with the amount of professional sharing and learning going on in Twitter.
  • Twitter is truly one of the best places today for Professional Development! While this surprises me, because I was not sure what to expect when I re-entered the World of Twitter, I can not emphasize this enough!
  • School Trustees, Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, District staff, teachers, and fellow Administrators (among others, I’m sure), have shared numerous interesting articles, videos, magazines, websites, and blogs about important issues in education happening NOW!  The relevance is incredible!
  • If you have a questions, just ask, and people will answer.
  • I have also learned things about these people as people: sick children, 7-11 visits (free Slurpie Day was today, don’t ya know), special pets, thesis completion, etc…). One of the Tweeters actually has twin babies born twenty days before my son was born this past December.  What a small world.
  • People care for one another in Twitter. They really do. I read encouraging words, heard laughter, read heart-felt condolences, felt appreciation, the list could go on. They care.
  • Twitter is a community of real people, sharing real ideas, and making a real difference in each other’s lives and, in turn, in the lives of our students.

Having said all this, I do wish I would have first read the following blog before entering Twitter-verse.

Listed on Jane’s Pick of the Day  (@C4LPT on Twitter) and RT (re-tweeted) for @LnDDave ‘s new Blog Post:

Misadventures in Learning: What’s a Twitter Chat?.

It would have helped me immensely.  Oh, who am I kidding, that’s not really the type of learner I am.  I don’t like reading directions, I like doing and figuring it out as I go.  Oh, and ask questions of others. This is how I did my blog.  Forget instructions, just do it. If I get stuck, ask for some help.  No big deal.  We are surrounded by experts who would love to impart their knowledge on us, why not let them.  🙂

I will not let this steep learning curve of Twitter hinder my learning. I am amazed at what I have learned in the short time I’ve been involved in Twitter.  Imagine the learning and growth that will occur if I continue?  I have learned that my colleagues on Twitter are patient, understanding and forgiving while they coach me through this new territory.

Most importantly, though, to be a great leader, I believe, one must lead by example. That is what I plan to do.  How can I ask others to take risks, teach in a way that may be new to them, integrate technology in a way they have never done, if I am not willing to do the same.

I am a learner and will continue to be a learner.  I will also lead other learners with my own learning (and have a great time doing it).

About Tia M. Dawson

There are many things that define who I am as a person. First of all, I am a mother of 3 wonderful children! I can not express how fortunate we are to have our children in our life! Secondly, I am an elementary educator who recently returned to the classroom after 12+ years as an elementary school administrator. Lastly, I am passionate about helping others, learning about abuse, helping others in abusive relationships, and helping others understand their worth.
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9 Responses to Learning To Tweet

  1. Gee, wonder who was tweeting about thesis completion? 😉
    I must say that you really seem to be bursting onto the twitter stream! Good for you! I admire your willingness to jump right in and learn as you go. It takes awhile, but I do agree, excellent pro-d, but so much more too. I’m glad we’ve connected there and here now too and I look forward to learning with and from you!

    • T. Henriksen says:

      It’s kind of the way I am … I am willing to take risks and learn from my mistakes. Once I start something, I like to figure it out – especially when I see such great possibilities.
      Yay for connections! Thanks for the help – now and in the future, I’m sure! Can’t wait to hear about your presentation, btw!

  2. Amanda says:

    Ditto! You said everything I wanted to say as a new Tweeter! You can read my letter to TwitterChat here: http://bit.ly/oVmKnr
    It’s pretty overwhelming, but the professionals out there are outstandingly supportive! How did I ever function as a teacher without Twitter?

    • T. Henriksen says:

      Hi Amanda!
      Welcome! Good to see I’m not the only newbie out there! tee hee I hope you are getting the hang of things over there.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. You’re right twitter is just amazing for teachers! Absolutely incredible! Off to check out your blog!

  3. dwees says:

    I certainly wish I’d had more resources when I started Twitter. I joined Twitter in September of 2008, but I didn’t really tweet until January 2009. I needed some help at the beginning to get it. Thank goodness these resources are more ubiquitous.

    • T. Henriksen says:

      I know what you mean! I did the same. Didn’t really think it had anything to offer. I mean, really, who needs to hear when someone has dinner, drinks a coffee, goes to the gym. It is SOOOOO much more than that though. Way more than I had imagined. I hope that more educators realize just what it has to offer!

  4. deepeetonee says:

    Hi Amanda
    I can relate to a lot of what you have written. I’m new to Twitter this year, taking weeks of reading and watching before posting effectively. It took 3 months for my first 100 tweets yet half that (from memory) for the next 100 and currently it looks like taking 1 month before my next 100! I do find myself retweeting – expressing to my followers that the post is a great one and worthy of spreading to others in the network. Experiement with following particilar hastage.
    Agree that there is a lot to learn – but there is far more to be gained. Keep up the great work – loved reading your post. Well done! Tony.

  5. Corinne says:

    I love this post and could really relate to what you are saying. You are right, twitter people are usually very friendly and helpful. I’ve learned so much by from the educators out there. I love that its a community of genuine learners, not just self appointed experts.

    • T. Henriksen says:

      Hi Corinne,

      Twitter has been such a great experience for me as well. I am so glad that I took the leap 1 year ago. What a rewarding year of growth and professional development. Another thing I like about Twitter is that you really don’t know about people’s “titles”. We are all just learners, like you pointed out. Love that!

      Enjoy the learning,
      Tia

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