I’ve been on twitter for over two years, and i just participated in my first twitter chat in January. It wasn’t planned, but I saw the beginning of a chat that combined the teaching of English and technology in the classroom. I felt confident enough with the subject to jump in. It was scared when I published my first tweet. Had I missed a typo? Would I sound stupid? And then my adrenaline pushed out the fear as people responded to my tweets. The hour rushed by as I commented 8 more times.
One thing I noticed is that, as a contributor, I missed out on some of the discussion while I was working on my next tweet. I guess that’s what the archives are for. Next time, I will make sure to be on my computer rather than my phone to help me speed up the typing. You can only do this once, but I recommend letting people know this is your first twitter chat. They group was very supportive and a few started to follow me at the end of the chat.
I had always assumed that folks who joined in chats were experts, and some are. I think most, though are looking to connect and learn. After connecting with my peers, I felt energized as a professional. I became a part of something bigger than my classroom. And I felt brave, like I do know, trying push past my trepidation and write for a public audience. Thanks!