Follow Friday: Who Should You Follow?

I heard of #FollowFriday when I first started to tweet about a year ago, but I never really got involved in it until later on this year. It was @dougpete that got me regularly tweeting each Thursday or Friday about amazing people in my PLN that are “must follows.” Usually I send out numerous #FollowFriday tweets, as I know how much I enjoy getting this little recognition, so I can appreciate how much others do too.

This Friday though, I thought that I would try something different. Back in June, @flourishingkids, an educator that I admire and respect a lot, did a blog post where she listed her #FollowFriday ABC’s. I thought that this was such a wonderful idea, that I would do it too. Thanks Joan for inspiring me to try something new!

A is for @amandacdykes: a great educator that never ceases to make me laugh. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself through Twitter.

B is for @BarbaraDay: I learned a lot from her throughout the year, especially when it came to blogging. It was great to communicate with someone else that was trying something new too.

C is for @cybraryman1: his educational resources are amazing, and he’s always willing to share and assist. Thank you!

D is for @doriedance: always engages in a ton of professional dialogue and has awesome ideas to share.

E is for an excellent educator, @dougpete, that is the person that got me involved in posting to this Twitter hashtag each week. Thank you for that, and for all of your encouragement and support along the way.

F is for @flourishingkids: an incredible educator and person that continually inspires me to try something new. Thank you for being the push behind this blog post.

G is for @gcouros: a fantastic leader, principal, and educator. I can thank you for many things, but this week, thank you for your incredible blog posts that encouraged me to share a little bit more about the “real me” with all of you.

H is for @TheHomeworkDog: a wealth of knowledge and always so eager to learn more too! The links you share are marvelous, and your tweets always make me think — thank you!

I is for incredible, and @courosa is definitely that! I heard about you through @zbpipe before I ever started conversing with you on Twitter. Thank you, Zoe, for this! Pre-service teachers are in great hands with you leading the way.

J is for @jgriffith2: an amazing teacher that I had the privledge of collaborating with through her Community Project. I think of you every time that I use Glogster: you are the Glogster Queen!

K is for @kellypower: she always asks great questions, shares terrific resources, and contributes so much to my PLN … thank you!

L is for learning, and I definitely love to learn alongside @gret: she may be on Winter Break while we’re on Summer Vacation, but distance does not stop us from learning together. Thank you for all that you continue to teach me!

M is for @MrMacnology: so glad that I learned about you through @gcouros. You always have great ideas to share, and I’ve really enjoyed all of your recent blog posts too!

N is for @NancyTeaches, who I’ve had the privledge to converse with through the recent #ElemChat(s). I love the questions you ask and what you share too … thank you!

O is for outstanding, and @cyndiejacobs is one outstanding educator! She always has a lot to share and is so very supportive of everyone in her PLN too … thank you!

P is for positive, and @Mollybmom is such a positive person in my PLN. Thanks for always being so upbeat and sharing your love of teaching and learning in your tweets.

Q is for question, and @tcash and @thompseg post and answer many of them through the weekly #ElemChat(s). I have learned so much from both of these great teachers … thank you!

R is for @rmcdonald17: a wonderful educator and a great friend! I’ve really enjoyed connecting with you through Twitter and allowing our classes to collaborate too. I hope that we can continue to share in the years to come!

S is for @Sharon_Drummond: I learned about Edmodo and Twiducate thanks to her and @Doremigirl. I love using these wonderful tools in my classroom, and I can’t thank both of you enough for telling me about them.

T is for teacher, and @Saskateach is a great one! I have engaged in many great conversations with you on Twitter, and I really appreciate you helping me think in new and interesting ways.

U is for unbelievable, and @ShellTerrell is unbelievably amazing in all that she says and does. Good luck tomorrow at #rscon10! I’m sure it will be a fantastic conference, and I can’t wait to hear some of the awesome speakers too!

V is for @vickyloras: a teacher that helps me realize that Twitter makes the world a little smaller, but the educational possibilities that much bigger. You may be in Switzerland and I may be in Ontario, but I’m glad that I can collaborate with you online. Thanks for all that you share!

W is for wonderful, and @VanessaSCassie is a wonderful resource of all things SMART Board related. I really enjoy all that you share … thank you!

X is for eXtraordinary (okay, I’m stretching it a bit here), and an extraordinary Grade 1 teacher that I’ve learned a lot from is @kathycassidy. Thank you for showing me the power of blogging with Grade 1’s: blogging was by far the best thing that I did with my class last year, and I look forward to many more exciting blogging moments this year!

Y is for you, and it’s you, @KMP444, that I just had to make sure I included in this blog post. I really enjoyed our conversations over the last week or so, especially with regards to Socially Learning. Thanks for encouraging me to take a risk and try something new!

Z is for @zbpipe, and I find it ironic that I include you last, and yet without you, I would never have been on Twitter in the first place. Thanks for helping me see the value in Web 2.0 tools and encouraging me to change. I owe so much of what I’ve done to you … thank you!

Without a doubt, I know that I’ve missed many other amazing educators here, so please, feel free to check out whom I’m following at @grade1. All of these teachers, administrators, and other educational professionals are fantastic and worthy of a #FollowFriday.