I have been thinking about how I use Twitter and how other people use Twitter (or could use it). I usually go on every night, generally after dinner. My husband starts watching his favorite television shows and I start “watching” Twitter. While he is watching southerners catch alligators or Alaskans catch crabs, I watch the #Mtbos, the MathTwitterBlogoSphere. Thanks to several especially entertaining people, my Twittervision is usually better than his television. And if it is a slow night, I can always go blog surfing.
When I first started lurking on Twitter, it was a little more purposeful. I was on the hunt for information about SBG (standards based grading). I found it in spades. I read so many blogs that they all started to run together. Some of them stand out.
I started with Dan Meyer’s dy-dan. After my first year of teaching, I had taken a class with him during an exciting week of summer PD at the Maine School of Science & Mathematics. For me, it was a case of hang on and try to keep up. But once I hit his blog, I found my way to other resources on SBG by reading the comments. Thank god for comments on blogs; they’re the web that holds it all together. Thanks, Dan for serving as a locus.
Following the web, I found Shawn Cornally’s Think, Thank, Thunk; this is a goldmine of information on SBG with links to other people who know SBG. And Kate Nowak’s f(t), which didn’t have SBG, but sure is an interesting read. Then it was on to Bowman Dickson’s whiteboards, and then Cheesemonkeysf (who could resist that handle?). And Michael Pershan’s Rational Expressions. I can’t list them all, but very stop had comments from interesting people and links to interesting blogs.
I felt like a drowning woman who has reached the oasis. I could not. stop. drinking. School started and I still could not stop. Papers did not get graded. Lessons were not well planned. I read about Twitter Math Camp (TMC) and wished I could have gone. I started following the whole #Mtbos gang. I read people’s blog rolls to see who else had blog’s worth reading. I spent my summer trying to figure a way to work in TMC13 (with no success). I started tweeting and had some responses, but most nights I was content to watch.
Now I have to find a way to break the addiction. I want, no I need the twitterverse to be more than twittervision. I need to make it a purposeful part of my PD, not a spectator activity. And I know the way to do that is to start sharing. The catch (22) is that I have been so caught by Twitter, I haven’t been paying enough attention to my classes. I have to cut waaayy back, set limits, stop. And that won’t be easy.