As a Twitter user, I find myself hoping to be retweetable.
I hope that I say something or find a resource that someone might find interesting enough to retweet.
You might say that’s not the reason to use Twitter and that’s not my main reason for using Twitter by any means. Twitter provides instant, free professional development for me as a teacher everyday and that’s what keeps me coming back to it; however, there is a sense that I hope that I’m contributing to that learning community productively.
This wanting to be repeated isn’t a new idea. We all desire to say something funny enough, interesting enough or challenging enough to have people repeat what we’ve said.
As a teacher, one of the biggest compliments (or panic attacks) you experience is when a parent starts a conversation with, “Last night at dinner, George said that you were talking about the Egyptians in class and . . .” That conversation can go two ways with major different outcomes, but what I always clinged to was that my students were talking about what they were learning in class at home. Our conversation, our discussion didn’t just bounce of the classroom walls and fall to the floor. They heard (granted sometimes incorrectly) something worth sharing.