This week, I started following a number of new Twitter PD chats, including: #edchat, #7thchat, #2ndaryELA, #PBL, #edtools, #litchat, #edtechchat, and #21stedchat. While they all offer something new, I most excited about #7thchat, #2ndaryELA, and #edtechchat. These three chats pull at my heart and struggle of being a 7th grade English teacher.
#7thchat in particular is proving to be an awesome resource. I have already found a resource that I have saved to my school Drive – a collection of grammar fails. My students love these grammar mistakes, and I love that they know enough to spot and correct them. #2ndaryELA seems to be full of awesome blogs, tips, and resources for English teachers. I found a really helpful blog about mentor writing which is something that I have struggled with in the past because I have my own process of writing that I fear may complicate things for my students. I’m excited to learn more about the idea and adjust my practices to fit my students’ needs. #edtechchat seems to be an amazing resource in itself. It is full of some interesting edtech opportunities and research. In particular, I noticed a lot of posts about augmented reality which is something that I would love to learn more about, and I know my students would love to experience in the classroom.
Professional development can be a double-edged sword. It is awesome, but it can get tedious. Using Twitter for PD is an incredible idea because teachers can customize their PD to suit their needs, their school’s needs, and their students’ needs. It also lets teachers from varying subjects and experience levels come together and use each other as resources. Developing with my fellow teachers has always seemed to work best, in my opinion. Like-minds can not only build expertise but confidence, relationships, and open-mindedness.