4 Reasons To Join Twitter Hashtag Chats

twitter chatsOne of the benefits of Twitter for educators has to be the professional development opportunities. By following  individuals I have expanded my techniques and teaching tools. There is a further Twitter option – that of the “chat”.

As a language teacher I have benefited immensely from the weekly opportunities found in the Thursday #langchat with MFL (modern foreign language) teachers. We discuss what is current and relevant in our classrooms now. So why do I make time to “chat”? Here’s why:

It reaffirms that I am on the right track: Teaching can often be a ‘solitary’ pursuit. The chance to be observed or network with fellow staff can be few and far between. But during a chat I often find that I am indeed doing things, and choosing approaches that others are too. Its nice to know that in my ‘isolated’ classroom I am on target for how to deliver my language program.

I find approaches/ideas on a specific topic: Chats are really focused with a weekly theme voted on by participants. What a great way to have some concentrated work on one area. It may be pedagogical one week, and class ‘management’ the next. It can be about new trends or a ‘brush up’ on existing challenges.

I get a look into the future:  Many of my #langchat colleagues are in districts or positions that are ‘leaders’ in their field. Although my school may not be at that point, I get tips on where we might be headed. It also allows me to be a ‘leader’ in my school – challenging the status quo and assisting in change.

It broadens my ‘colleagues’ circle:  Although we may work as part of a school department, we may or may not have colleagues that have a similar teaching philosophy or approach. My school  language department has 4 full-time teachers.  My #langchat group has many more. Through it I find others who see the MFL teaching world as I do. Equally beneficial is to hear from those with another point of view.

I invite you to find a ‘chat’ that interests you – your teaching will be the richer for it.

3 Comments

  1. Andy

    November 25, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Thanks for sharing this blog on Twitter Hashtag Chats. I have not participated in one of these before and am wondering how to find out more about these and when they are happening. Any suggestions?

  2. Joanna Lewis

    November 26, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    I join #eltchat on a regular basis for the same reasons. As you say, an ideal interactive and engaging CPD tool. What would you next put forward for chat in #langchat?

  3. Colleen Lee

    November 26, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Two great questions – and thanks for your comments. There are a lot of hashtag chats out there. Edudemic published a great article with lots of chat info http://edudemic.com/2012/06/2012-twitter-hashtags/. As for #langchat – I would like to hear more about project based learning ideas in second languages.