So the week 2 #MTBoS task is to talk about twitter. I’ve really enjoyed using twitter as a maths teacher. It has saved my bacon on a couple of occasions when I’m stuck on a question at 10pm, exhausted and my maths brain is simply no longer functioning but I need to understand to teach it at 9am the next day. I take a picture of the question, tweet it and within minutes lovely maths people will reply and help.
I love the feeling of a virtual staffroom but one where I don’t have to talk to people I don’t want to. I lost my closest maths teacher friend to cancer last year and twitter is a way to fill that gap without the emotional risk.
Has twitter improved my teaching? Well in some ways. I’ve got some lovely activities off twitter. I have had several embarrassing moments in the classroom where these activities have fallen flat. Being able to share these failures is cathartic. Overall I think twitter is the most powerful tool for teachers available at the moment.