Today is Mother’s Day and I had come across this tweet from one of #educrushes Dr. Amanda Stanec. (educrushes know no gender or age ie Charles Cooper)
Dr. Stanec is one of those people in my PLN that carries weight. I will tweet her questions about best practices in physical education, gender questions, and general life questions. Her answer really does shape the way I view things. There was little surprise to me that she would continue to expand my views with her tweets.
I have become more and more aware that I see things as I want to see them instead of from various viewpoints. This is why my PLN is so varied. Check out who I follow. You will see all races, religions, genders, sexual orientations and people from all walks of education. I follow lawyers, teachers, administrators, Tim Ferris, advocate groups, Board of Education members, and parents. I follow people who will interact with me or expand my thinking.
The reason I follow this variety of people is that I want to fight against group think. Echo chambers where everyone pats everyone on the back and talks about how great everyone is bothers me. It bothers me because this does not make me better. It inflates my ego which as most of you know doesn’t need much massaging. Some of the most popular chats seem this way to me. I jump in their chats and see superficial answers to superficial questions. I want the hard hitting questions. I want the tweets that make me go, “Wow I never thought of that!”
It is not easy to follow people and groups that you may disagree with. It is even harder to interact with them. This does not make them wrong though. It makes you question yourself and them. The biggest question is why does this bother me? If you can reflect on that you can achieve personal growth.
The final thought I want to leave with you is how I handle my Twitter feed. I keep my followers small. I want to interact with you and know what you think and why. I want to see your tweets and read them. I want to click on your links and see why you felt it was important to share that out with me. Your part of the bargain in this Twitter relationship is to interact back with me. If I tag you in something I want you to read it. If I ask for your help I want you to help me not just retweet it. If I unfollow you it is because I don’t feel that you are living up to your part of the bargain. I will click on your links, read your blogs, or listen to your podcasts because you are part of my PERSONAL Learning Network. I would expect you to unfollow me as well if I am not upholding my part of the relationship.
Thank you to everyone who doesn’t let me speak without challenging me. Who says hey think about this. For those that care about my growth as well as their own. Thank you for helping me become better at my job and life in general.
Q1. Retweet and tag #slowchatpe something you read recently that really made you think.
Q2. What book have you read that changed you views on the world?
Q3. What podcast expanded your mind?
Q4. What band/singer makes you think when listening to their music?
Q5. How do you deal with stress?