As School Counsellors who are educational leaders on twitter, we should first and foremost be professional. Everything on-line is public. Act as if it always is even if your privacy settings give you the illusion that it is private.
- This is a place and a space to connect with other educators and School Counsellors from across the world. It is a place that you can learn from others by growing your Personal Learning Network (PLN).
- It is also a place where you can eventually collaborate with others making a difference in your school and in your community.
- Share your resources!!! This is a place to share some of the great resources that you or others create, but also a place to get amazing resources that can impact the way you help your students.
- Follow and share blog posts of those people you respect.
- Twitter is an amazing space to share the wisdom of others. You can post or create your own quotes.
- Celebrate others. I think we should consider celebrating colleagues on a regular basis. There are so many people who surround us that are doing amazing things and all too often are not recognized for the fabulous things they do and the positive impact they have on others. So celebrate others today … celebrate them often.
- Thank those that help you.
- Retweet inspiring ideas.
- Live and let live. You aren’t going to agree with everything and everyone, but you can be the kind of leader you want to be. Find great leaders, and follow them.
- Help others get started on twitter. You recognize how much it has helped you . So pay it forward.
TO DO ON TWITTER:
- Always be appropriate and professional and use common sense in what you share.
- Surround yourself with positive people just like you do in real life.
- Relationships are key on twitter , use the reply( @____ the name of the person) to have discussions , ask questions and share ideas and resources with others.
- Be a positive leader. In order to teach students to be good citizens ( digitalcitizens we need to model that every day) .
- Listen and learn from the great educators and people around the world.
- Act as if everything you say is heard by every student and family you have ever taught or worked with.
- Be real , be yourself.
- You can develop great friendships on twitter. Like in real life, use all the skills you have to meet people who enrich and enhance your life.
- Think about the kind of legacy you want to leave.
NOT TO DO ON TWITTER
- Never ever share confidential information , even if it looks disguised.
- Never ever talk about others in a negative way.
- Never say or do anything that goes against who you truly are.
If you are new to twitter check out this check list .
Thanks to @gcouros yet again for the inspiration. As George says don’t use profanity. You would not use it in the classroom, so don’t use it online. A lot of what I have said can be applied to Facebook as well. So think before you post applies to all of us who use social media. Social media should be used to learn, share and grow as well as a way to have a positive impact on the world. I look forward to reading your tweets.