I had one of those conversations this afternoon that, just blows your socks off.  Deven Black and I started a Twitter discussion about teachers after his initial post to Twitter:

after several Tweets back and forth, Deven challenged me with the following:

I think we may have had a breakdown in Twitter comms for a minute, because I truly believe that we are coming from the same direction and are actually on the same page.  I didn’t even read this particular Tweet until I got back from my walk and wondered how I might have responded in the heat of the Twitter exchange we were having?  Probably not the way I am now, so there was a reason that I missed this tweet.  🙂

Actually looking back at this particular tweet, was it a bad thing – this challenge to me?  I think that many of us teachers are in this situation at their schools for whatever their reason (job security or insecurity, not wanting to stand-out in a crowd, not wanting to rock the boat, etc).  Luckily, I am in a unique position personally now and can afford to be more vocal about what I see and plan to do just that – Thank you Deven.

After several more Tweets back and forth Deven came up with this idea

It is simply one of the best ideas I have seen come out of Twitter in a long time, but at the same time what will it accomplish?   Deven once we get that information, what will we do with it?  How will we share these stories with those who have the power, how do we get them to listen to what we have to say when we are holding the wrong end of the stick.

I have experienced this same feeling in many other conversations in the Twitterverse i.e. #edchat, but we still haven’t figured out how to get our great ideas into the real world and provide tangible solutions to the issues we have discussed online.  There is a lot of talk, but not a lot of real action or change taking place as a result of those conversations or ideas.  Which is very unfortunate, because there is a wealth of information being exchanged out here in the “wilds” (away from the Beltway and state capitals) that could positively change/affect our students and the teaching profession.

It seems as though we are thinking, talking and want to be heard, the ones that actually make the rules are not/will not listen to what we have to say.

Okay teachers how do we get those in power to listen to the great things we do for our students, day in-day out?  How do we get them to listen to our ideas for change in education?  How do we simply get those who are not teachers, to let teachers – teach?  If you have figured it out please let me know.

Please put your story on the hashtag that Deven developed #teacherstory.  I really believe that it is important for us to tell our stories for others to hear and for us to see what each other is doing in their own small way to make education and school better for our students.  That way more people know what a difference teachers make everyday and don’t hear just the constant maligning that is happening so loudly and often today in the media and press.

Thank you Deven for such a great conversation, making me think and challenging me to do more.   If you wanted to follow the entire conversation use Twitter search for either @hshawjr or @spedteacher.