Ready to get real?
There are some facts about (some) educators on Twitter which we might need to discuss.
- You say you don’t, but you kind of care how many followers you have
- OMGosh do some of you get hacked … repeatedly.
- Sometimes, you share random, strange things
However, I will not unfollow you.
Some of you I have met with in-person about the power of Twitter. I will follow you based on what I know about you in real life, that you rock, you just aren’t sharing that on Twitter yet. Some of you my close colleagues have encouraged and I follow you out of support to them. Some of you are leaders in other areas and I follow you to bolster your confidence until the insights you share will invite even more followers.
And although you may not yet be exhibiting best practices I will stick with you as a follower. Not for the SPAM I am clearly due about the latest weight loss drug or the erroneous tweets which appear to be a reply to some other tweeter, but for the fact that I believe in you. Mind you, I don’t believe in all your truncated rants against your sports team/political figures/veiled or passive-aggressive references to friends/family/frenemies. But – you, I believe in that.
However, I believe as an educator that when you make the final connection to the endless source of (for real) personalized professional growth Twitter can provide you I will have a front row seat to the exponential professional growth which all teachers would willingly wait lifetimes to witness.
So when I take a stroll through those I follow and find you on my list nestled between great educators like Alphie Kohn and Tom Whitby I continue to forgive you for not being there yet, but do NOT unfollow you because I live for the day when I witness you blossom into the best Twitter version of you I know you can be.
You might still be a mess on Twitter, but you are MY mess for now. I will not unfollow you.