First Twitter Chat

Image result for twitter chatTonight was a first for me. Participating in a Twitter chat lead by Tina Jagdeo and Laura Mustard opened up yet another wonderful way to connect with educators and like-minded-folk who are passionate about teaching and learning.  A few of the questions caused me to reflect. I thought I would share a few thoughts.

Q: Gratitude: What do you feel grateful for as a teacher connected to your class, your colleagues, your school community?

I am very grateful to be a teacher because I get to be connected to young people who make me feel hopeful about the future of this world. Working with students reminds me of the power of potential and possibility. I am also very grateful to work at UCC because the community is open to innovation and supportive of change, new ideas, and collaboration. So many of my colleagues innovate, publish, and inspire me to push beyond the limits of what I thought was imaginable. Instead of work, my job feels like play and a state flow. I’m grateful to be part of Cohort 21 this year because this experience pushes the boundaries of education. Being connected to educators who can provide critical insight and support is a rare opportunity.  

Q: What strengths do you bring to your teaching? How might you share these strengths with your peers, your colleagues at your school, or within the Cohort community?

Ok, I have a confession, I am organized and borderline OC. The books in my personal library are sorted by genre and alphabetized by author. I, therefore, consider organization to be a strength. Here is why: In my family, we often joke that one of Poland’s (I’m Polish) most abundant exports are engineers. Organization is basically a dominant gene. Although I did not go into the family business, I think an plan like an engineer. I see structures, systems, and patterns in curriculum as well as in the disciplines I have studied and taught. Organization can also be challenging because disorder (like a teen’s lockers) can cause a visceral response. Accepting, and dare I say, embracing, a certain amount of chaos is a goal.

Q: Risks. Name a teaching risk you’ve taken recently or are planning to take. Why does it feel risky?

Creating a blended math program and developing our math lab at UCC feels risky because it is uncharted territory and I don’t have all the answers. I hope to leverage Cohort 21 as a way to solidify and reflect on the possibilities of blended learning, and hopefully realize aspects of the vision. I struggle with the different level of learners in my math classes. Some boys are learning at grade level, while others are ready for calculus in grade 6. How does a teacher engage the diversity of interest and ability in one classroom is a question which our team grapples with. My predecessor developed a really cool hybrid-flipped classroom approach which we call “math lab;” however, there is an opportunity to move in the direction of a sticky web-based ecosystem. This project feels risky because I am moving beyond my comfort zone. It also feels terribly exciting!

If any of my fellow Cohort 21 participants have experimented with synchronous or asynchronous blended learning solutions, please connect with me! I would love a chance to learn from you.


6 thoughts on “First Twitter Chat

  1. You know what I love about this post – other than the great writing and the way you’ve shared so much about yourself in context of your background (Polish) and vulnerabilities (OC) is that this is a great way to leverage the amazing questions from the Twitter Chat to construct a blog!

    We’ve had quite a few of our participants look at Blended approaches. I would recommend @acampbellrogers @brenthurley @timrollwagen to start. They’ve each looked at using technology in innovative ways to deliver feedback, content and discussions. Parlay is a great example! (@parlayideas on Twitter)

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thank you so much for taking the time to reply @gnichols – I really appreciate you connecting me with others who have ventured down the blended learning path. I am looking forward to our next F2F.

  3. Hey @emartin – it is a pleasure to work and grow alongside you each day at school. Funny thing is that I think we have two masters of blended learning at our school. I suggest reaching out to Physics teacher, Reed Jeffrey, and Head of Design, Paul Miskew. Both of these teachers have developed a library of subject-specific Youtube videos for students to view at home to free up time for conferencing, discussion and problem solving during class time.
    Cya tomorrow!

  4. @emartin So glad you enjoyed your first twitter chat! There are so many great #hashtags to follow.

    Check out this great list -

    if you are looking for some blended learning gurus check out C21 alum @lmiller @iamritapak @jweeningand @maragona (to name a few) along with these action plans –

    Personalized learning was big in that Cohort and so many have expertise to share.

    This could be a great focus for your action plan.

    See you Saturday!

    @lmcbeth @tfaucher @mmosun @timrollwagen

  5. Hi Emilia,
    Sorry I missed this post earlier! I’m really interested to learn more about the math lab. It seems that math is often the hardest course to really “blow up” and make appealing to all students. Have you seen @nvera‘s post about confidence in math? You two will probably have lots to share!
    Looking forward to seeing you in January. In the meantime, we’d love to hear your thoughts either on the blog or on our upcoming Twitter Chat!

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