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.