I have taken part in a couple Tweetchats since the advent of my Twitter obsession, and I have to admit that I’m quite taken with how easy it is to collaborate with so many people in such an easy medium. I’m so thankful for Tweetchats (like #edchat and #ellchat), but I’ve been disappointed at the lack of discussion within the adult ESL field. Where are the voices of teachers in universities and community centers?
Alas, I have found #eapchat! I have high hopes for the discussion today, and I hope to engage with some people interested in English for academic purposes via Twitter.
I will attempt to summarize the chat this afternoon, but further discussion and a summary can also be found at the #eapchat blog.
In an attempt to explore and participate more fully in social media driven professional development I took part in the #Edchat Tweetchat that took place tonight (Jan. 15). I have only participated in one other Tweetchat as of yet, but I have found that the quality and usefulness of any Tweetchat seems to depend entirely upon the quality and quantity of the participants. Thankfully the #Edchat group seems very enthusiastic and the discussion about teacher morale was interesting, and hopefully fruitful.
The topic tonight was:
The discussion started with some suggestions and words of wisdom that included….
A few themes or ideas ran throughout the entire discussion. Perhaps most of the suggestions for maintaining teacher morale fell into one of three categories: respect/relationships among the education team in a school, teacher attitude, and teacher support. Many of the ideas touched upon during the discussion may or may not fall into one of these (or more than one of these) categories. This is simply my own summary of what I observed during the discussion.
Relationships/Culture (teachers, admin, parents, students, and everyone else on the team)
Here is some of what #Edchat had to say about relationships.
Teacher Attitudes & The Little Things
Teacher Support (PLNs)
In addition to some great insights into teacher morale, a few excellent questions were posed that might warrant further consideration and discussion:
Remember: you can visit the #Edchat wiki to see the full transcripts and other discussions of #Edchat Tweetchats.
Thanks for a great #Edchat session! The topic definitely applies in the ESL/EFL setting as well as the general educational system, and any teacher could gain some insight into what teachers around the world do to maintain morale.