The other night, I was participating in another chat and I literally stopped one question in to reflect. I was so bogged down with “stuff”. I LOVE to chat but it seems as though we are all chatting the same topics/content over and over and then again repeating.
I sat a minute, stared and hit “Move to Trash”. I decided against that posting. I thought about Jerry Blumengarten‘s words about why he chats..to keep the medium going because it is so important to education. I feel this way too and I believe that these meaningful conversations are what challenges us to grow. I don’t chat all day, I just have certain ones that I do. Even my minimal select choices are all running together.
This morning, I received an alert from Amy Strauss that my blog encouraged her to write what she felt. In her post titled, “Loading the Twitter shopping cart … and not finding yourself on the side of the freeway“, Amy writes…
My twitter ride this summer has surrounded me in Standards of Mathematical Practice, 3 Acts, Problem-Solving, Book Check-In Methods, Standards-Based Grading, Formative Assessment, Google Forms, Genius Hour, ISNs, and a general load of pirate reflection.
I now find myself like a child in a candy store or more specifically, myself in the middle of Ikea. So many things I want to take home but just can’t due to space and need
She goes on to write about how instead of being overwhelmed with all of the twitter chatter, she will focus on what she can use that will make an impact on her classroom…her “biggies”. She is on to something. Maybe we should focus on specific ideals that will impact our classrooms/schools now instead of a shopping cart of ideas that seem to implode on each other.
There seems to be a gazillion chats. I think that we are down to a chat for every state, idea, educational acronym, teaching methodology, pedagogical concept, subject, technology, tool, job specific, standard and the pirate chat is just now 24/7.
Within those chats we talk about the same ideas. It’s a constant repeat of the same ideas…over and over and over…until I feel as if I am answering the same questions…over and over and over. I get that chatting & connecting is a choice but I have to wonder if Amy is on to something.
In our pursuit to bring teachers over to twitter, have we infiltrated our own land and bombarded us, them and our tweetdeck columns with endless chatter so much so that we’re leaving them, like Amy, trying to figure out which aisle of “edu twitter ikea” is which?
I appreciate the growth that twitter chats have brought. I am a better teacher and leader because of the reflection from what I’ve learned.
I just wonder if the current list of 1,000 chats is too much.
I welcome your thoughts…
Take a glance at the weekly chat schedule below and click HERE to see it live! A lot of work went into this!