#TwitteratiChallenge: Because Rules are made for Breaking

How could I fail to resist this challenge, having been nominated by the Titaness of Twitter, @jillberry to name five people who regular inspire, challenge and make me think. These are people for whom I have great esteem and a tiny bit of envy – in the best possible way.

I have recently had cause to offer my thanks to the Twitter community, here:  https://thosethatcanteach.wordpress.com/2015/04/19/thank-you-counting-twitter-blessings/. I’m pretty confident that those I’ve written about know who they are, and have had opportunities to extend my thanks in other ways. So I’m  not going to go with the list that first came into my head; I think these people know how appreciative I am of the mentoring, coaching, advice, support, and spontaneous coffees.

I’m going to go a bit left-field, and name the people who, big or small in Twitter, might not be aware of the key role they’ve played in my recent development as a teacher, senior leader, researcher and aspiring-decent-human. The rules are at the bottom. I’ve broken most of them.

In no particular order, except the one in which I thought of them…

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@e16again, Grant Leppard, for offering much-needed solidarity and empathy after we lost a mutual much-loved colleague and career-long inspiration.

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@anill. For communicating, honestly, unflinchingly and sometimes painfully about depression, mental health and the black dog. Issues we don’t talk about enough. I am certain he makes an awful lot of people feel an awful lot less alone.

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@candidagould and @ChristaHazell, for reminding my of why I love being an MFL teacher and thrive on the company of inventive, creative practitioners with boundless energy. Your enthusiasm can’t help but infect everyone you come into contact with. You certainly breathed new life into my teaching.

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@SuzanneCulshaw – experienced and wise, Suzanne chooses her words carefully and offers her kindness generously and at the most pertinent moments.

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I was lucky enough to hear @kevbartle think. It was brief, but all my instincts tell me he’s a humane and visionary leader, and I really hope I have the opportunity to work with him in some form in the near future.

And in two final flagrant floutings of the rules…

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She’s been mentioned before, and I’ll eat my cat if she’s not mentioned again, but ChocoTzar is the polar-opposite of a people-pleaser. She speaks as she finds, without apology or censorship. She stands up for the people and the values she holds dear fiercely and passionately. She is the kind of person who makes waves – the best possible kind.

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I’ve thanked Julie before, and now I’ll do it again. Julie isn’t a Twitter-A-Lister. She isn’t on all of the time, and she is moderate in the people she follows. But my every interaction with her has made me a little wiser, a little stronger, and a little better as a teacher, a leader, and a human. You know those people in life who would catch you if you fall backwards? Who are quietly rooting for you at every stage? That.

@teachertoolkit ‘s rules are: 

  1. You cannot knowingly include someone you work with in real life
  2. You cannot list somebody that has already been named if you are already made aware of them being listed on #TwitteratiChallenge
  3. You will need to copy and paste the title of this blogpost and (the rules and what to do) information into your own blog post

What to do?

  • Within 7 days of being nominated by somebody else, you need to identify colleagues that you rely regularly go-to for support and challenge. They have now been challenged and must act and must act as participants of the #TwitteratiChallenge
  • If you’ve been nominated, please write your own #TwitteratiChallenge blogpost within 7 days. If you do not have your own blog, try @staffrm
  • The educator that is now (newly) nominated, has 7 days to compose their own #TwitteratiChallenge blogpost and identify who their top 5 go-to educators are. However, as I am a rebel, I nominate everyone. You are not the last to be picked in PE again

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