Many of you know that I am a co-moderator of #njed chat on Twitter which takes place every Tuesday evening from 8:30-9:30pm during the school year. I encourage anyone who enjoys interacting with other educators to punch the hash tag into twitter and follow along on any given Tuesday. It may be for you or it may not, but one thing is for sure, you will see passionate educators from all over New Jersey, and around the world, discussing topics relevant to educational practitioners of every kind.
Last week we kicked off our year with a discussion of all things related to getting back to school for the fall. (for those in other areas of the country, NJ starts school after Labor Day) It is reaffirming to see how we all have common hopes and dreams for our school years and that we all struggle with the same issues. #njed chat is an avenue for opening up the school walls and finding a connection with others who are eager to improve their craft (teachers, supervisors, student teachers, coordinators, principals, superintendents, etc.). We are all on equal footing in this arena. There is no hierarchical chart on Twitter. Everyone's contribution to the discussion is valued. We may not always agree with one another, but that often makes the discussion more rich.
Another amazing thing that has sprung from #njed is #edcampNJ. Last year was the first one and it was an amazing success. If you'd like to learn more about last year's event, please read my post about it in my year end post from 2012 entitled,2012 - #edcampNJ and so much more! This year's #edcampNJ will take place on November 23rd and it is being held at Linwood Middle School once again. If you would like to register to attend, just go to the #edcampNJ site and it will only take you a few seconds.
If you have been looking for professional connections and want a great place to start, check out #njed chat on Tuesday evenings. You won't be disappointed. Here are some of the amazing New Jersey educators that you can find regularly on #njed chat:
This is just a few. Please add anyone who I have omitted in the comments. There are so many!