Anyone that has met me on Twitter or has heard me speak, knows that ‘Finding Your Voice’ and ‘Growing a Strong Personal Learning Network’ are two things that I am utterly passionate about.
Brendon Hyndman said that:
Twitter provides a modern platform for teachers to share, network, gain emotional support, build professional learning communities and make a contribution to the profession.
but it isn’t always easy knowing where to start. So how do you grow your PLN?
Quite simply connect!
So, what do I mean by connecting? Connecting means that I don’t just follow people, I try to make a point of reading their tweets and responding to them. On forums like #TinyVoiceTuesdayUnites this is easy, I have written before about following being the virtual smile but smiling doesn’t enable us to connect and get to know people. In order to do that we have to talk. We have to ask questions and share a little bit of ourselves. Just for a minute consider – do you follow, or do you connect?
#TinyVoiceTuesdayUnites meets every Tuesday (funnily enough) from early morning (about 5.15am BST) and enables people to connect globally. Introduce yourself but then reply to others, ask questions and respond to theirs. It is a safe place to test your voice out on Twitter and to connect with other like-minded educators.
I will be back in school full-time this week but will make every effort to connect with everyone on the thread, I love doing this every week and joining in the various conversations. If I don’t answer you immediately I am sorry – I will by the end of the day!
Finding Your Voice!
Due to the Twitter algorithms and super-fast timelines, it is very easy for tweets to go unnoticed, so make sure that you tag people in. We care and we want you to be heard. If you have a question, make sure that you tag me in and add #TinyVoiceTuesday and I will tag in people who can answer you, just like @MsKateABrown did.
As I am back in school and do get quite a few notifications a DM with a link to your tweet is a great idea – that way I won’t miss it.
Robert John Meehan said that:
The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other. Without collaboration our growth is limited to our own perspectives.
That means that you are a valuable resource and we need to hear your voice. Your ideas are so important to the perspectives of others so please speak up! I really hope that this helps and remember – you are not alone and we are definitely stronger together!
Here are a number of links about me discussing the importance of YOUR voice!
Here is the link for the slides I used for this