Like most connected educators, my first ‘virtual mentors’ came via Twitter. While I have had a Twitter account (@BarMill) dating back to 2009, I didn’t really make any new connections there. Mostly I followed my friends and a few celebrities. However, I did find time to share some insights from my classroom. Please enjoy these highlights:
Second grader quote of the day: “I love the solar system!”
— Bart Miller (@BarMill) June 4, 2009
Since it’s the last week of school, we made up words for our spelling test. Some highlights: froodum, frummy, quimp, katoodia, fleegle
— Bart Miller (@BarMill) June 15, 2009
My students are awesome. My colleagues are awesome. My wife is awesome. Awesome is my word of the day. You’re probably awesome, too!
— Bart Miller (@BarMill) September 11, 2009
Article adjective subject verb adverb preposition object-of-preposition.
— Bart Miller (@BarMill) December 11, 2009
Second grader quote of the day: “Pirates do NOT go camping!”
— Bart Miller (@BarMill) January 26, 2010
Second grader quote of the day: “Oh my god, I’m ’bout to get boogie!”
— Bart Miller (@BarMill) February 19, 2010
You know you teach second grade when… you find a tiny human tooth under your computer keyboard!
— Bart Miller (@BarMill) March 2, 2010
2nd grade quote of the day regarding Winnie the Pooh: Q-“Don’t bears have very small brains?” A-“That doesn’t mean they can’t think big!”
— Bart Miller (@BarMill) March 4, 2010
2nd grader: “If I make better choices, may I sit over there?” = Game & Set: Mr. Miller.
— Bart Miller (@BarMill) March 10, 2010
Second grade quote of the day: “My mom is pregnant. I hope it’s a boy and a girl.”
— Bart Miller (@BarMill) March 11, 2010
Second grade quote of the day: “Yay! Another noun!”
— Bart Miller (@BarMill) March 12, 2010
I have a life-size poster of Albert Einstein in my classroom. This kid wants to know how Frankeneinstein died.
— Bart Miller (@BarMill) March 18, 2010
My second grade students’ heads almost exploded yesterday when I called 111 eleventy-one.
— Bart Miller (@BarMill) March 27, 2010
It wasn’t until I attended an International Baccaularreate Organization Primary Years Program workshop in 2012 and facilitator Craig Eldred introduced me to #PYPchat that I discovered the potential of Twitter for professional networking and relationship building.
Although I don’t particularly care for Twitter chats (I prefer asynchronous online collaboration and cooperation), understanding how communities organize around hashtags on Twitter and other networks has been very valuable.
Twitter is a gateway network. Once a user begins to discover and navigate the possibilities, they will uncover opportunities for learning around the world, across diverse networks and communities.
I would encourage you to explore my favorite networked learning community, Connected Learning.