Week 2, Nerdlution: A Failure and an Aha

nerdlution-button-tiny-01-1This week has fallen a little short in terms of meeting nerdlution expectations.

Excuse number one and only: Parent conferences.
I just don’t have the same time with my students and we have been letting the classroom tweeting slip. Conferences start at 7:30 am and resume at 1:00 pm once the students leave. They continue till about 6:00 pm.  At that point I clean up and organize for the next day of conferences and teaching.

Home by 7:30 to read a few posts, emails and tweets.   I see the #nerdlution stream on tweetdeck.

Oops. Tomorrow I think,  we will tweet.

There has been lots of things to tweet about, but when my student came up to me today ask me about tweeting she wasn’t sure what to say. I told her think about it and come back, we’ll tweet later. She forgot. I forgot. But the thing that sticks with me is she didn’t have anything to say. Hmm.

Note to self. If she wasn’t sure what to say, what did she realize, learn, or do in my class for the last two hours?  Hmmm.

We wrote, read, discussed poetry. BUT she didn’t have anything to say. That said volumes. Hmmmm.

Got to get on this tweeting thing a little more.

Here’s me with an aha a little late in the game: tweeting classrooms are a little more accountable for their learning. AND tweeting classroom teachers are a little more accountable for their teaching.

Thank you #nerdlution 2 for pushing me. Thank your Michelle Haseltine for hosting our thoughts. Check here for more information about nerdlution.

2 thoughts on “Week 2, Nerdlution: A Failure and an Aha

  1. You’ve made me think! “…tweeting classrooms are a little more accountable for their learning. AND tweeting classroom teachers are a little more accountable for their teaching” That makes sense! I never thought about that before. Hmmmm…..

    I’m so glad you reflected because now instead of seeing this week as a failure, you’ve found something to learn from it. Way to go!

  2. I like the idea of accountability being woven into an activity, for everyone in the room- that is very promising. I wonder how much of “I don’t have anything to say” is really “What I have to say isn’t/may not be worth tweeting,” or “I have a lot to say but nothing is gelling into a tweet.” And so then the learning is not as visible but the thinking work is still going on. Even though it is not the same, that counts too! If it happens every time, then big HMMMM… otherwise- maybe just a day of pondering quietly in her head. Because I think the nature of the work you are doing is both intense and thought-provoking- and your students are benefiting from it in out-loud and quiet ways. (You rock!)

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