This morning, I started off my day as I always do by reading Doug Peterson‘s daily blog post. Today’s post was in response to a challenge that Alec Couros recently issued.
It was interesting to read Doug’s last ten tweets and his reflections around them. I went to comment on his post about my last ten tweets (I may be the last person in the world that is not on Facebook 🙂 ), as I was sure that they would all be around classroom happenings. That’s when I went back to my Twitter account just to double check, and I realized that I was wrong. Here are my last ten tweets.
The interesting thing about this is that when I realized some of the tweets that would be included here, I wondered if they should count.
- What about my two-word tweet about where I bought our mixers?
- What about my short “thank you” for coming to visit yesterday?
I started to wonder if replies were valuable enough. I love when people acknowledge my tweets, and I believe that even a two word “thank you” is valuable, but as people shared excellent resources and insightful comments, I began to question the quality of my shares. I also looked at the number of tweets of Doug’s that were retweets or links to various resources. That’s when I had a very uncomfortable realization.
- While I shared one tweet from HWDSB, the majority of these ten tweets only included my own content or content created by our students. I follow 10,058 people. What message am I giving to all of these people about the value of their content if the majority of what I’m sharing is my own?
I read numerous things that other people share, and I try to comment on at least one blog post a day. What if I shared more posts though? What if I shared more resources? In Lisa Cranston‘s post on this same topic, she mentioned that she “follows a lot of smart people.” I agree with her! I’m always so impressed with the thinking and resources that people share and the blog posts that they write. I regularly wish I commented on more of them. Even if I can’t comment though, I think I need to show my appreciation for what others share by adding more voices to my Twitter stream.
I love how our student voices are reflected in the videos and learning stories that I share here, but Twitter is about sharing more than just our rooms. I know this. I believe this. But does my sharing echo these views? Starting April 1st, and for the entire month, I’m going to challenge myself to retweet, comment on, and share more resources and blog posts. I’m going to “strive for five” a day. My hope is that this will help me develop a new Twitter habit and continue to add more voices and viewpoints to my Twitter stream. Who’s with me? Thank you, Alec and Doug, for inspiring me to take an uncomfortable, but important, look at myself and my sharing habits!