It’s taken me a long time to dip my toes into the ocean of Twitter, but I’ve found it to be a really enriching place to go. I’ve had the opportunity to strike up lots of relationships and be exposed to lots of ideas that I wouldn’t have heard about if I stayed in my own little educational neighbourhood.
One of the greatest social structures that have emerged from Twitter are the scheduled chats. These are often run weekly (others run once a month), and see people gather to chat about a theme that’s related to their field. Naturally, I gravitate towards the teacher chats. Twitter isn’t the ideal medium for lengthy discussion of complex and nuanced issues, but that’s not what these are about. They are more like a teachmeet than a lecture: they cover a broad range of topics and connect a variety of people together, which then opens the door for further conversation later on.
I was very privileged to be the guest on #ozftchat a couple of weeks ago. Australian Family-Teacher Chat is hosted by the wonderful Jeannette James, and is exactly what it sounds like: a time for teachers and families to interact on questions and issues that affect them both (and there are lots of those). It’s a brilliant idea and a great way to open lines of communication that are more frequent and flexible than the annual parent-teacher interview.
As you might be able to imagine, I was brought in because the theme of this particular chat was mathematics. You can read a Storify of the chat here to see how it unfolded.
In preparation for the chat, I threw together a few quotes that communicated some of the key ideas I wanted to get across. Here they are:
If you’re into education at all, whether from the parent or teacher side (or both!), the @ozftchat account is definitely worth following!
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Thanks Eddie! I love your generous nature and ability to ensure Maths is engaging and accessible to all. Many appreciate all you do to support the study of Maths both at school and home. Hat tip to you for being a wonderful guest on #ozftchat (Oz Family and Teacher chat) and lending a helping hand to #familyengagement. Parental engagement being one of the four pillars of the current Governments Students First initiative. Cheers JJ @7mrsjames @ozftchat @instaedglobal