Many, many thanks to Anne Ingle ( @ozzysocks) who on daily basis inspires and lifts me (particularly in early morning chats when I might be struggling to wake myself up!). As do all the other #earlybirds!
#TwitteratiChallenge is a challenge initiated by the hugely influential Ross, @TeacherToolkit.
In the spirit of social-media-educator friendships, this summer it is time to recognise your most supportive colleagues in a simple blogpost shout-out. Whatever your reason, these 5 educators should be your 5 go-to people in times of challenge and critique, or for verification and support.
There are only 3 rules.
- You cannot knowingly include someone you work with in real life.
- You cannot list somebody that has already been named if you are already made aware of them being listed on #TwitteratiChallenge
- You will need to copy and paste the title of this blogpost and (the Rules and What To Do) information into your own blog post.
What To Do?
There are 5 to-dos you must use if you would like to nominate your own list of colleagues.
- Within 7 days of being nominated by somebody else, you need to identify colleagues that you rely regularly go-to for support and challenge. They have now been challenged and must act as participants of the #TwitteratiChallenge.
- If you’ve been nominated, you must write your own #TwitteratiChallenge blogpost within 7 days. If you do not have your own blog, try @StaffRm.
- The educator nominated, that means you reading this must either: a) record a video of themselves (using Periscope?) in continuous footage and announce their acceptance of the challenge, followed by a pouring of your (chosen) drink over a glass of ice.
- Then, the drink is to be lifted with a ‘cheers’ before the participant nominates their five other educators to participate in the challenge.
- The educator that is now (newly) nominated, has 7 days to compose their own #TwitteratiChallenge blogpost and identify who their top-5 go-to educators are.
The hardest part of the challenge was to pick just 5 people. But after much deliberation…
- Chris is quite simple one of the wisest and most generous people I know (either on Twitter or in real life). He has an extraordinarily varied career: Teacher, Headteacher, Consultant, University tutor… He presents at Teachmeets, blogs amazingly regularly and with insight and is always always ready to share his expertise, ideas and resources. I am privileged to have met and chatted with Chris. One of these occasions was when he kindly came to visit me at school in this my first year of Headship, needless to say the conversation was enlightening.
- Another fantastically generous member of the Twitter community. Martyn often retweets me or discusses ideas online. He is also the fantastic person who started the #teacher5aday phenomenon. He certainly challenged and encouraged me in equal measure to consider my own (and my staff’s) wellbeing and work-life balance. Although I quite often am not able to stick to my aims during a week, his regular reminders and encouragement on Twitter to the education community is a powerful inspiration. Quite rightly this important issue of staff wellbeing is being discussed nationally and internationally because of Martyn’s tireless work.
- Another inspiring colossus in the Education Twitter Sphere is Nick. A consultant Headteacher with equal measures of expertise and passion. He runs the weekly #primedchat on a Wednesday evening which has been invaluable to me in the last 18 months, both to develop my thinking / understanding and also to help me connect with other primary colleagues. Again I am fortunate enough to have met him and heard him give a rousing and empassioned address at Primary Leaders Live in September 2014.
- I doubt there are many staff working in primary schools who have not heard of Michael or visited his website. Intelligent, insightful, an amazingly regular and powerful blogger and a fantastically generous professional. His website of resources and ideas for the new National Curriculum and Assessment (plus many other aspects), which are offered freely for discussion and use is probably the most powerful model of collaboration I have come across. If all of us working in education were able to share with the generosity and excellence that Michael does then we truly would be living in a self-improving system (without having to concern ourselves about real term budget cuts)
- There may be some people in the education Twitter sphere who have not come across Chris, which can only be detrimental to them. I had the privilege of working alongside Chris for a few terms. Highly intelligent, inspiring, and driven like you wouldn’t believe is possible. He is the man who re-ignited my passion for my career and reminded me to think creatively and most importantly critically, when I had reached a stage in my career when I had become too focused on jumping through externally driven hoops. He was also the person who introduced me to the wonderful world of Twitter (which my wife Jackie does not always thank him for) but which for me has been professionally transformational and empowering.
A massive thank you to all five of these amazing people, and also to the (very long) list of people who so regularly and generously support, encourage and engage with me on Twitter.