Today, I propose a challenge to every faculty member on campus(or anyone else interested!):
Join your colleagues and author James M. Lang in discussing the book Small Teaching on Twitter.
We are all strapped for time, but we have access to the internet, and we can all carve out five minutes a day.
It’s called a “Twitter Chat” or in this case a “slow chat.” Chats are organized on twitter using a hashtag (#), and ours will be: #NJCSTchat.
The chat will allow us to discuss ideas found in Small Teaching, ask the author questions (to which he will respond!), and all from the comfort of…well, wherever you happen to be when you decide to check out the chat.
Tell me that’s not better than an in-service!
Here’s how it works:
- Create a Twitter account if you don’t have one (mine is: @JessebAdam)
- I will post daily questions with the hashtag #NJCSTchat
- Click on or search for the #NJCSTchat, and click on “Latest” to see responses
- To respond to the questions, click on the “Tweet” button
- Be sure to include the hashtag (#NJCSTchat) so that others will see your tweet!
- Respond to other tweets by clicking reply
In 5-10 minutes a day you can have a miniature professional development session from wherever you’d like!
We will chat on the following weeks:
- Intro: Oct. 23-27
- Retrieval: Nov. 6-10
- Predicting: Nov. 27-Dec.1
- Interleaving: Dec. 11-15
If you are interested, but this whole Twitter chat concept is alien to you, let me know! I am happy to walk you through the process or answer any questions you may have.
Still skeptical of using a social media site for a professional development tool? I was too once. But I am so convinced of the power Twitter holds as a professional development tool that I wrote the following blog:
Not only does Twitter allow us to come together in the midst of our busy schedules, it allows us to interact with the author himself!
James M. Lang is a professor of English and director of the D’Amour Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption college in Massachusetts. Dr. Lang has graciously agreed to chime in on our conversations as his schedule allows.
We don’t have to wait for an in-service or distant conference to ask those burning questions, we can ask them as we read!
I am excited to start the conversation! I leave you with another thought, one I’ve share before, from author and education innovator George Couros:
“What if every teacher tweeted one thing a day that they did in their classroom to a school hashtag, and they took five minutes out of their day to read each other’s tweets? What impact would that have on learning and school culture?”
George Couros, Crowd Accelerated Innovation