Thank you very much to Vivienne Porritt (@) for a lovely Twitterati nomination.
Since becoming a serious (well semi-serious, if not downright silly) tweep in January 2014, Twitter has become my first destination for CPD and general advice on all things literacy, EAL and general assessment. A great many people have been extremely kind and helpful to me, and I’m in the process of reciprocating if only mainly in the currency of humour.
In accordance to (most of) the rules of Twitterati, I’m raising a glass of Chicha Morada (a soft drink made from purple corn) to the following people:
Despite not knowing him beyond the confines of Twitter, I consider Chemistry to be my chemical brother. We have bonded (if only in my mind) via the ritual of a series of surreal, fever dream-induced Twitter convo’s. From time to time, we indulge in serious edu-politico convo’s, but they quickly deteriorate (usual when I’m out of my depth). We occupy a niche corner of Twitter – currently with standing room for two.
Rachel is extremely funny. To the extent that I often involuntarily lose mucus as a result of one of her sudden (often scandalous) juxtapositions. She is also great for an edu-banter, but I often forget whatever advice she has given me upon being hit with a massive pun full in my face.
Martin wrote a book that restored my optimism for the future of education. Keen to deconstruct false dichotomies that harmfully politicise education, he has succeeded in building a template for a rigorous, critical learning journey (an ongoing conversation) that has its basis in classical pedagogy. He also asks provocative questions and doesn’t settle for easy argument based on widely-held assumption. His blogs are transcendent.
SGaffney is a fellow primary teacher and blogger, who has been extremely helpful with advice on literacy matters. Reflective, erudite: ready to challenge and up for debate. What better qualities for a fine edu-tweep?! And funny, to boot.
In my early Twitter days, Tim convinced me that Twitter is made of humans. There is no way on earth that our exchanges could conceivably be computer-generated. Although he often uses his avatar to persuade me otherwise. Tim often pops up and points me in the right direction. As a result, he has put me in touch with a great many excellent teachers. He also inspired a now longstanding thing I have with squirrels. Think of him as a ‘squirrel facilitator’ if you will.
Chemistry, Rachel, Martin, SGaffney and Tim: thank you very much!
These are the #TwitteratiChallenge rules ( tweeters are interpreting them as we would expect) Thanks to Ross (@teachertoolkit) for starting this off.
In the spirit of social media educator friendships, it is time to recognise your most supportive colleagues in a blogpost shout-out. These 5 educators should be your 5 go-to people in times of challenge and critique, or for verification and support.
1.You cannot knowingly include someone you work with in real life.
2.You cannot list somebody already named if you are aware of them being listed on #TwitteratiChallenge
3. You need to copy and paste the title of this blogpost and Rules and What To Do information into your own blog post
What To Do?
There are 5 to-dos to nominate your own list of colleagues.
1.Within 7 days of being nominated, identify colleagues you regularly go to for support and challenge. They are now challenged and should participate in the #TwitteratiChallenge
2. If you’ve been nominated, write your own #TwitteratiChallenge blogpost within 7 days. If you do not have your own blog, try @staffrm
3. The educator nominated should record a video of themselves (using Periscope?) in continuous footage and announce they accept the challenge, followed by a pouring of your (chosen) drink over a glass of ice.
4. Then the drink is lifted with a ‘cheers’ before the participant nominates their five other educators to participate in the challenge.
5. The educator that is now (newly) nominated, has 7 days to compose their #TwitteratiChallenge blogpost and identify their top 5 go-to educators.