Well I have been on Twitter since 2011, had this blog since 2012 and both have been great for me growing as an educator. The past two years, I haven’t been as active on either very much. There have been a variety of reasons – health, district initiatives that have taken up a lot of my time, and probably number 1 (just like a lot of other people I’m guessing) not feeling like I have much to contribute to the #MTBoS (Math Twitter BlogoSphere) world.
Yesterday when it was announced the #TMC16 (Twitter Math Camp 2016) will be in Minneapolis next summer I was very excited. Minneapolis is only about 3 hours from where I live. I have been following TMC on twitter since the first one and have always wanted to attend because I have gotten so many ideas just from following on twitter imagine what it would be in person. In my mind I’ve always said geography was the biggest reason I didn’t but in all honesty it probably comes back to feeling like I wouldn’t have much to contribute and would be star struck by the big names in #MTBoS that already have those amazing connections. But now that next year’s is so close I can’t use geography as an excuse so now I just need to get over the second thing and I’m golden. (Hence the reason for this blog post).
Last night I had a dream about TMC, don’t remember many of the details other than I was there (and so was Rod Stewart but I guess that is a whole completely different post) so I’m taking that as a sign. I will be at #TMC16, I have already told my husband (my birthday is over the camp so happy birthday present to me) and put it on the calendar. Back to the dream – I woke up at about 2:30 from the dream and I couldn’t get back to sleep because I kept thinking about why I don’t participate more in #MTBoS and have come to the conclusion (after reading some blog posts from last years TMC first time attendees – yes at 3:00 AM) that there really isn’t a GOOD reason why I don’t participate more. It’s only going to make myself a better teacher – so this is me publicly stating that I will blog more, I will comment on people’s blog posts instead of just reading (and stealing), I will participate in more twitter chats, etc because I’m good enough, I’m smart enough and gosh darn it people like me! 🙂
P.S. Maybe I should have gotten up last night and put together this post and I would have been able to fall asleep faster – nap time today after a few hours in my classroom – man I think I just got back to school mode – lots of things to do if I’m going to be sharing!
*****Update 6 hours after original post*******
Did some thinking today while I was at school about my original thoughts about #MTBoS and came to a realization. I believe I am a great math teacher and I do have things that I can share, but most of them are not my original ideas and they came from the amazing people of the MTBoS world which is probably why I find #TMC a little intimidating. Thought for the day.