An EdChat?? WHAT is that?!

I participated in an #EdChat yesterday, my first ever!! I used my TweetDeck to follow along with the chat which made it a lot easier. I joined in on the chat on Open Mic Night and, honestly, I had no idea what I was doing! I felt pretty overwhelmed at first! The following image pretty well sums up how I felt with the start of this one.

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The whole chat itself was overwhelming for me. Being someone that doesn’t like to talk before I know people, I generally struggle to gain enough courage to join in on conversations. I joined in quickly into the #EdChat though as I didn’t want to miss out on the experience.

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I see a lot of value in twitter chats. I actually can’t wait to participate in another one. The people involved in the chats are actually pretty amazing. I know that the teaching profession is a pretty supportive one but I can’t believe how incredibly supportive people you don’t even know personally, people you might never meet, can be. Twitter chats are a good way to network and find resources you may not have known existed. The thing I like the most about twitter chats is the fact that you connect with more experienced teachers and get insights that you may not otherwise have.

If this twitter chat experience has taught me anything, it has taught me that I need to step outside of my comfort zone more. It’s important for me to understand that I can make contributions beyond what I think I can.

About debmccloud

I am a future educator currently enrolled in the University of Regina. I am the foster mother of two amazing boys and currently engaged. Welcome to my space!
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4 Responses to An EdChat?? WHAT is that?!

  1. Good for you for trying out an ed chat! They can definitely be scary and overwhelming especially if you are just trying to follow them on Twitter! TweetDeck is a life saver! I also love you gifs. I make it a mission to include one in every post! It can be a challenge at times but I think I have only had one post without. On a side note, just wanted to say your blog is starting to look great! Keep it up girl!

  2. Twitter chats can definitely be overwhelming at first but are an awesome way to connect with people that are interested in a topic similar to what you are interested in. It’s great that you remembered to use TweetDeck since twitter chats are super hard to follow if you don’t use a tool like this. It’s awesome that you felt comfortable enough to join in the conversations! Would you participate in the #edchat again or would you rather try a new one first? Make sure you keep posting on your blog and keep tweeting since its a big part of the class! Keep up the great work!

  3. Good Work Deborah! I too entered a chat on open mic night and it was over whelming and intimidating, but as you learnt as well I learnt that teachers are welcoming and supportive no matter how you come. I am so glad you forced yourself outside of your comfort zone as I am sure that someone would have benefited from your words! I have been trying to try another #edchat on twitter, but haven’t really found the time to do it so now that classes are wrapping up on nights when I have nothing to do I am sure I will be trying another one out soon. I think too joining a chat that isn’t an open mic night might help and be more beneficial, both obviously have positive attributes, but I think a structured chat would be great!

  4. Pingback: Contributing to others, or building a community. – Regan Luypaert

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