This week, I decided to participate in the Tweet Chat organized by BCEdChat. This chat happens every Sunday at 7:00pm and is a chat for BC educators to discuss various topics. Others can follow this Tweet Chat by following BCEdChat on twitter (@BCEdChat) or using the hashtag #bcedchat. They also have a website (bcedchat.com) were they archive previous chats if you weren’t able to attend them.
This week’s topic was about the importance of self-care during Covid. I chose this chat as I have been feeling very overwhelmed this year and wanted to make some connections with other educators that may also be feeling this way. I also felt that I needed some reminders about the importance of self-care during this difficult time and maybe to learn some new ideas about how to manage my time and better prioritize things.
This was my first time using twitter and therefore participating in a Tweet Chat and so I was a little unfamiliar with the formatting. Most of my participation included following along with the conversations and self-reflecting about my own answers; not actually posting myself. Now that I have a better understanding of how the chats work, I feel more confident in participating more actively next time. I will say that I found the flurry of tweets and the posting of answers to previous questions amongst the answers to current questions, a little overwhelming and frustrating. Perhaps if I was a more active participant, it wouldn’t bother me as much. I would like to participate in future sessions, and maybe find some different chats that are more focused around specialised topics. I will have a look at the ISTE’s “40 Education Twitter Chats Worth Your Time” website and find one or two to participate in next week.