Many thanks to @mishwood1 for including me in 5 twitter colleagues to mention. I was honoured by this and the continued opportunity to be in the company of such passionate educators.
#TwitteratiChallenge Mary’s twitterati challenge http://wp.me/p4cGdC-3c
Also within Mary’s select 5 was Jay and Nicola , both of whom along with Mary would most certainly be in my 5. As I am most definitely not ‘A good girl ‘ I will break the rules and tell you why.
All three patiently listen to my ramblings, nonesense and silliness. I love silliness, rambling, musing and fun with equal measure to my love of education, children, collaboration and impact. All three are ‘sharers’ quickly and selflessly giving what they have and honestly commenting on real issues and educational dilemmas. They are the team I rely on to be real, be honest and to be supportive. Many thanks … I can’t wait until our upcoming tweet meet in Cleethorpes
What’s it all about?
It is a challenge initiated by Ross, – “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”: http://tinyurl.com/m6nn5wv
Here are the rules:
There are only 3 rules.
1. You cannot knowingly include someone you work with in real life.
2. You cannot list somebody that has already been named if you are already made aware of them being listed on #TwitteratiChallenge.
3. 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.
1. 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 and must act as participants of the #TwitteratiChallenge.
2 .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.
3. 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 (chose) drink over a glass of ice.
4. Then the drink is to be lifted with a ‘cheers’ before the participant nominates their 5 other educators to participate in the challenge.
5. 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.
That’s the easy bit – saying the purpose of the post and including the rules – it was hard for me to choose only 5 as there are more people if the rules had allowed I would’ve included so please don’t be offended – I could only include 5. I did think of giving a few more a sneaky mention but I am a good girl so top 5 it is…here goes – in no particular order:
Emma Emson @louiseema77
Another ‘rule’ ( to be broken) is the no one you work with one. Anyone who follows me will see my dedicated school #teamwbj who regularly interact and chat on Twitter. Open , honest and supportive they make my job so much easier. I have known both extremes of team and appreciate my current dream team. Within the team is Emma. When I first explained Twitter and the strength it gave to my work and the wealth of ideas it holds , the depth it gives to my reflections Emma jumped in , both feet, and got tweeting, enthusiastically recruiting other team members and drawing them in . thank you Emma for the support.
Michelle Dutton @orlakitten
A great tweeter with open mind and heart. I enjoy interactions regarding the ebb and flow of headship. Honesty integrity and a passion for putting children first make Michelle a clear winner for me. A lovely lady who puts sunshine into my timeline. Thank you
Jo Baker @jobaker9
I am green with envy at the talent Jo has. I adore looking at her art cubed tweets, I’m fascinated by the energy she takes to her classes and goodness knows how I wish I could be in her class! She is quite simply every teacher I ever loved and every teacher I want in my team. A true role model for passion and zest in education.
Anne Ingle @ozzysocks
Anne is simply optimism in a tweet! Every morning bright and cheery always seeking to improve . I have told Anne my opinion, on occasion ,knowing it conflicts absolutely with hers and she graciously accepts it , no malice, no bitterness and then bounces back for more. Anne is going to be a great headteacher and is already a sound leader. Keep smiling Anne you are best best kind of morning ‘Hello’
If you group Jay,Nicola and Mary into one illicit choice then that’s my 5
These 5 are by no means exclusive. The reason I love Twitter is that it suitably addresses all my many facets. I am ,at times, in need of serious educational dialogue ,advice, support, direction. I am also , at times , in need of frivolous fun…I think my nominations represent a few of those tweeters that accommodate both of these things. I do however appreciate those grown up educators who seemingly always have an eye on the system. I also adore those tweeters who are funny, cheeky and pop in and out of my timeline to talk Prince, nails, holidays, shoes, baking…. Oh the things I love go on and on