When first reading this week’s assignment of following at least 100 new accounts on Twitter, I was a bit shocked and reread the instruction multiple times. I thought it must have been a typo or something. 100? Really? When first trying to accomplish this seemingly impossible task, I couldn’t believe how many interesting accounts I found. I had a different Twitter account previous to this class, but I was new to the site and rarely checked my feed let alone tweeted anything. As I followed one account, three more great accounts would pop up. I focused on literature and education, and I figured I would have to broaden my search to other areas in order to reach the assigned 100 new people, but I was pleasantly surprised. I found English teachers, elementary teachers, principals, authors I like, accounts about new books; you name it. I’m realizing Twitter literally has an account for everything! I think that following 100 new people this week will give me a really great base for the future. I probably won’t find all of them beneficial, but as time goes on, it will be easy to tell which accounts will be worth keeping on my feed.
Something I found extremely interesting was the diversity I found in the accounts I looked through. I followed some higher-up people in education, and I followed some everyday teachers as well. I was also surprised that when I began following educators, other teachers I didn’t originally follow would follow me. To me, this shows how eager teachers with PLNs are to learn from others and how beneficial these PLNs really are. I wasn’t familiar with blogging before this class either, but there was a multitude of education and specifically English education blogs that will be extremely helpful to me in the future. What I appreciate about blogging vs twitter is that it has the potential to get more in-depth, but they are still casual and fun to read!
Everyone I followed was either involved in education or literature, so I think my PLN would value my posts if I included ideas or opinions on those topics.Something that may hinder my following base is that I obviously don’t have experience teaching English quite yet. I was a TA in high school and have observed many hours, but I don’t have any real experience. I definitely have much more to learn from my PLN than my PLN has to learn from me. I (as of now) don’t have much knowledge to share with them except for my ideas (that haven’t actually been tested out yet) and what I have learned from my professors here at CSC. However, as I become more experienced, I think my network will grow, and exploring what it means to have a PLN this week has really shown me how important it is to learn from other educators across the country and across the world.