I am on twitter. It is true. My handle is @jellison23, if you are interested. If you don't know what that means, that's okay. It's just my name on twitter. You can follow me if you want.
I wasn't big in to the twitter. I mean WAY back in the day, I had a MySpace, and I'm on The Facebook, but I really didn't get the twitter thing. Then I discovered that there's a whole pack of teachers on twitter, and they do these crazy things called twitter chats.
A twitter chat is when a bunch of people get on twitter at the same time, and talk about a particular subject. I just finished up a chat that I'd crashed. It was for The Innovator's Mindset -- a bunch of teachers who trying to find ways to push kids to explore, invent, create and build. Right up my alley.
A twitter chat is like an INSANELY high-speed conversation with 30 or more strangers. People respond to a question pretty much all at the same time. I've got a few chats I attend weekly -- my favorite being with all my pals from Class Dojo. We talk about building a positive classroom community. It is pretty great to hang out with teachers all over the US who are determined to build a positive classroom community just like me.
I've met some really awesome people who I consider Internet Friends -- a couple I've even met IRL (in real life). I met up with my friend Stephanie at the ISTE Conference this summer in Denver. She teaches at a school JUST LIKE MINE in Tennessee. She's super cool. It is great to talk to someone who teaches a population similiar to the one I do. We face the same struggles, and have similar outlooks on education. She's got great ideas about things that work and don't work in the classroom and I like that we can encourage each other when the tough days come.
Twitter is full of cool people. It is funny that people talk about how "Terrible" social media is, but I think that social media, like everything else, is what you make of it. Sure there are horrible, terrible people who try to tear everyone down. I don't engage with people like that. I look for people who will encourage and inspire me, and I try to hang with them.
I guess my approach to Twitter is a lot like my approach to life: Focus on the good, look for ways to encourage and be encouraged, and never stop learning. Build the world you wish we had.