Using Twitter for Professional Development

By Vivett Dukes & Clint Whitten

#SafeSpaceConvos is a Twitter chat led by teacher Vivett Dukes, a teacher and social justice advocate, as part of the Caring Classroom movement.

This week, #SafeSpaceConvos focused on how educators engage in Twitter chats for connection, learning, and support. The chat was co-hosted by Clint Whitten who recently completed his first year of teaching 7th grade. His passions include Beyonce, education, and learning from his kids.

Thank you to Vivett and Clint for hosting the chat!

Questions

Q1: Twitter might not be seen as a legitimate form of professional development (PD) in some districts. What are some things people can say or do to encourage a shift in these mindsets?

Q2: Using Twitter as PD opens up educators to a variety of topics. Which topics have you chosen to learn more about and from who? Which topics would you like to learn more about?

Q3: When using Twitter for PD, people can choose to use their platform to be vulnerable on specific topics. How are you doing this? What are some ways we can support those vulnerable stories and growth?

Q4: Twitter can also allow us to share celebration stories of humans. How have you or how have you seen people use Twitter as a form of celebration?

Q5: How could Twitter being valued as PD break down barriers for everyone to learn from one another?

Highlights

Q1: Twitter might not be seen as a legitimate form of professional development (PD) in some districts. What are some things people can say or do to encourage a shift in these mindsets?

 

Q2: Using Twitter as PD opens up educators to a variety of topics. Which topics have you chosen to learn more about and from who? Which topics would you like to learn more about?

 

Q3: When using Twitter for PD, people can choose to use their platform to be vulnerable on specific topics. How are you doing this? What are some ways we can support those vulnerable stories and growth?

 

Q4: Twitter can also allow us to share celebration stories of humans. How have you or how have you seen people use Twitter as a form of celebration?

 

Q5: How could Twitter being valued as PD break down barriers for everyone to learn from one another?

Be bold. Be authentic. Join the next #SafeSpaceConvos

These authentic conversations in education take place on alternating Mondays at 8:30pm Eastern.