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.
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.
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.