August 2012: Quite simply, I’ve had a ‘lightbulb’ moment. Read the ‘Introducing’ sub-heading at the bottom of this post to get straight to the point!
I’ve seen a few great ideas on Twitter recently. One I have to keep very close to my chest for now… but, my particular favourite must be by @MrMicahelShaw of TES. He writes for the TESPro magazine (@TES) and broadcast on Twitter this evening, that the TES were creating a set of Teacher Twitter Trump cards. Now, if you’ve played top trumps and are tweeting, this sounds like lots of fun. So, I will be first in line to buy a set of cards!
Secondly, I have been responsible for signing up many colleagues to Twitter and taking part in many #hashtag chats myself, such as #PhDchat, #Edchat and #UKEdChat.
It has also been great to reconnect with old friends that I used to work with and also excite current colleagues to become connected. What’s even better, is the vast amount of twitter colleagues I have generated over the years and how many I have met, or ‘bought-in’ to lead CPD events at my place of work. Examples include @ActionJackson of The Fix Up Team; @MsVanessaS of The Rafiki Network; @LearningSpy and @PhilBeadle. It truly is a powerful forum and I cannot stress enough, how much Twitter can benefit Teacher-CPD, if introduced slowly, carefully and if demonstrated in it’s usual way, be informative and inspiring!
Today was one of those great moments all teachers take pride in when you see a child grasp something in the classroom they had previously struggled with. A eureka moment! Only 2 years ago, I introduced @MrSulemanMaths to Twitter, and tonight I watched as he started up his #UMFac (Ultimate Maths Faculty chat) on Twitter. It filled my heart with warmth…
So, @MrSulemanMaths, I may have inspired you to get signed up to Twitter but you have inspired me to get reconnected onto Twitter with my very own school forum too! Thank you.
@LondonLeaders collapsed a few months ago. I never really got it started and only managed 2 or 3 successful weekly chats and polls over the past two years. I guess you could say I was rather busy dealing with redundancy and then @FreddieWM born 3 months too early!
You may also argue that I set myself up to fail with my 8th Twitter account and a long-winded and complicated hahstag #LndLdrs. It’s design by nature would hardly allow anyone across the country to engage with the forum; never-mind a name that was easy to remember or a chat that offered all teachers across the UK to be part of the gang!
So ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce to you #SLTchat (Senior Leadership Team Chat) – open to:
1. all those currently in school leadership across the UK.
2. for those who aspire to be in a school leadership team/position and,
3. for anyone who is interested in what senior teachers are discussing up and down the country.
Of course, the forum is a perfect opportunity to open up the debate for all and allow Twitterverse teachers to discuss their experiences and ideas.
I intend to start off SLTchat with a simple TwitPoll. The forum itself will take place for 30 minutes only – once a week, initially throughout September 2012 with a special introductory SLTchat tomorrow evening. The aim is, once the SLTchat hashtag is up and running, the hashtag tweet will run by itself and I and others will occasionally dip in and out of TwitPolls to keep the debate fresh and lively. The plan will be at least once a half-term – but it is entirely open for debate, as are the timings.
- SLTchat: Friday 31st August 2012 (8pm – 8.30pm)
- SLTchat: Sunday 9th September 2012 (8pm – 8.30pm)
- SLTchat: Sunday 16th September 2012 (8pm – 8.30pm)
- SLTchat: Sunday 23rd September 2012 (8pm – 8.30pm)
- SLTchat: Sunday 30th September 2012 (8pm – 8.30pm)
So! What are you waiting for? Cast your vote now on the latest Poll and join in our SLTchat, every Sunday night, across the country. @SLTchat even trended on Twitter for it’s first two weeks! Look:
Enjoy – @TeacherToolkit