So many people just don’t understand that there is a trick to it…
It was two years ago when I discovered that I wasn’t as good at teaching as I thought I was. I got onto this little social network site and started searching for physical education. Come to find out, there are a lot of physical education teachers and teachers in general on this amazing social media site.
What site am I talking about? None other then Twitter!
A little history
Before Twitter, I was only smart enough to get on pecentral.com or just Google a certain game and rules or skills, things like that to get any new information. I would also just create my own materials.
I got on Twitter when it first came out. I wasn’t too interested in it. I could only type 140 characters and no one really read it. It seemed it was mainly for celebrities back then. On my original account I still only have 52 followers. Most of them I don’t even know. My family doesn’t even follow me.
For some reason though, I decided to give it another try, just to see what would happen. And the results were amazing. I got so much more than I ever expected.
You might be asking yourself, why is it so amazing now and not when you first tried it? To tell you the truth, I just didn’t give it enough time.
I saw all these amazing pictures, videos, and links to websites and blogs. I didn’t know you could do all that.
So when I got on for the second time, I was really nervous about typing anything in case somebody actually saw what I typed. So, I just looked at what other people were tweeting.
Through Twitter I learned that I was doing a lot of things correct, but I was also needing a lot of improvement. I was using portions of the sport and model, the teaching games for understanding or (TGfU) model, and the fitness education model. I didn’t even know these were models that were already out there invented. I was just piecing stuff together.
Being able to find resources through Twitter I became more effective in my teaching strategies. I do, however, still combine the different models of teaching together. I’m just used to it that way and I feel it’s really effective.
I also started to learn more about standards-based teaching, lesson planning, and assessing.
I also learned about a new assessment model called solo taxonomy. As one of the greatest tools ever invented for education.
Most importantly though, I was able to make friends on Twitter and have a great deal of collaboration. I’m doing things now that I know I never thought I would be able to do. Now all I do is throw a question out on Twitter and within just an hour or less I have answers waiting on me.
To put this all in one short sentence, Twitter is the best professional development I’ve ever had!
So where do we go from here?
Here is where I challenge you, if you’re not on Twitter sign-up for Twitter. Right below I’m going to show you exactly how to sign up for Twitter and I’m going to give you the top 30 names to follow on Twitter to get you headed in the right direction.
1. Go to Twitter.com and sign-up.
2. Fill out the following form.
3. You can then either enter your phone information or skip it.
4. Choose a username. You can change it later.
5. Click “Let’s Go”
6. Check off what you’re interested in and continue.
7. Follow the 40 suggestions they have for you if you want. You can pick and choose from the list.
8. You can add a photo for your profile.
9. You can use your email to find friends on Twitter.
10. There you go! You are all set-up.
OK, now you’re signed up for Twitter. That’s the easy part!
Week one – sign up for Twitter, follow top 30, make tweet to @mrphysicaled, look at what other people are posting.
Week two– ask a question on Twitter on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Week three – keep asking questions, reply or comment to at least one tweet on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
#1 mentions – @mrphysicaled
What that means is you are you putting in the Twitter handle of the person that you are wanting to tweet too. By doing this it will send that person a notification that someone has mentioned them in a tweet.
#2 hashtags – #
Hashtags will put your Tweet into that category. So, for instance, if you use #PhysEd everyone who follows that hashtag will see your tweet.
If you want more people to see your tweets you have to use mentions and hashtags.
Another handy tool in Twitter are the list. You can put people into a list that you want to follow. That way you could just go to that list to see what those people are tweeting. This little trick gets you around the clutter of your Twitter feed. You might not want to see what everyone is saying. But you may want to focus in on what a few people are saying. And it list is a great way to do that.
People to follow on Twitter
@mrphysicaled @pewithmrt @physedapps @physedagogy @andyvasily @joeyfeith
@mradampe @mrrobbo @bodepe @alicekeeler @kymmballard @thepespecialist
@jcouvy @ncpe4life @terridr99 @rizzutoed @sarahdateechur @imsporticus
@mrhorne101 @arit_choke @coachpirillo @markbarnes19 @smartintahoe @johnjonespe
@mrpicha_pe @mrhairphysed @schleiderjustin @drashcasey @physednow
@physed_pomeroy @physedreview @rickwormeli @adamphowell @misshartl
@ghsaysrockchalk @movelivelearn @mrmetcalfpe @penathan @lovephyed
To end up!
I hope this story of my Twitter journey has inspired you to sign-up. I hope to see you in the twittersphere soon!
If this post inspired you, please pass it on to a friend. Make sure to tell me about your Twitter story in the comments.
Remember: Physical Education – Where Mind and Body Come Together!