Friday, December 3

Tell your parent they have to read your blog and comment...

On Thursday night, the #elemchat topic was: Homework: How do we differentiate and make it authentic. It was a lively discussion with lots of sharing of ideas and philosophies.  One of the reason I love moderating #elemchat is because I always learn something new.  Also, during these chats I get to “converse” with educators that I might have missed during the course of a Twitter day.  My PLN (Personal Learning Network) grows and I become a better teacher.

Sometimes after the hour is officially over, the conversation and tweets about the topic continue.  I find responses to the topic on my Tweetdeck hours later.  Friday morning I found this…   

@NancyTeaches I guess all of your students have home computers with great connection (no dial up)?? How fortunate.

I had shared that my class had fallen in love with blogging and my new favorite homework assignment was: tell your parent they have to read your blog and comment.  When I read the tweet above, I was taken aback.  My initial reaction was a rapid heartbeat and visceral.  I thought this person was being “snarky.”  I felt offended.  Here I was presenting my great idea to the #elemchat and in response, I felt as if I were getting a spoonful of  sarcasm. 

Then, I reflected.  (Being mature is such hard work.)

What if I taught in a school where the students didn’t have computers with great connection or didn’t have internet access?  What if the students lived in a house without a computer!

I didn’t even think about this, and more importantly, I take for granted that my students could do the new “fav. assignment.”  Do I even appreciate that I teach in a setting where all of the students have what they need and more?

I don’t know who this Twitter person is, but she taught me an important lesson this morning.  When I share my enthusiasm and ideas, I have a responsibility to be sensitive and think of other educational settings that are not as fortunate as mine.  Within my 140 character limit, I can share more thoughtfully and considerately.  I need to turn off my tunnel vision and look at things with a broader eye.

I need to practice what I preach to my students about commenting on blogs. It is a global audience!

Once again, Twitter helped me become a better teacher, and maybe a better person, too.


Thanks.




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