• Melissa Riggs

Welcome to the Twittersphere!

I can't believe I've been on Twitter for 5 years!

I came to it-kicking and screaming. I had Facebook (and waste LOTS of time scrolling through that feed) so I argued that I didn't need another time-waster or social media account.

I had the WRONG mindset about what Twitter could do for me as an Educator. I set up some parameters for my account to keep it professional only:

*I don't follow friends or family-they are only part of my Facebook crowd.

*I try to keep my tweets focused on education topics

*I'm picky about who I follow and I stay away from people who don't follow the 1st two parameters.

When I first joined Twitter, I did spend too much time checking the feed. I honestly thought I could keep up.

Now I try to follow this idea from Dave Mulder-5 minutes a day. I'll often set a timer to remind myself to move on to my next item on the to-do list.

You'll be amazed at what you can learn in 5 minutes.

Do you ever feel alone or unsupported by your teammates or building admin? Twitter can help with that.

Do you ever get frustrated with teaching and need someone to get you back in a positive space? Twitter can help with that.

Do you want to connect to other educators around the world? Twitter can help with that.

Sylvia Duckworth says it best-in her amazing sketchnote way:

Why don't you try it?