Social Media and I used to have a very relaxed relationship. A year ago though, a friend suggested I check out an online PLN that went by Kinderchat on Twitter.
Who knew it would change everything?
To be honest, I was reluctant to read what these Kindergarten teachers were discussing on Twitter. Twitter was my “not work” thing, but I thought I would give it a chance. In the first conversation I lurked at, I realized that these people were scary smart and they challenged some of my core teaching beliefs. I didn’t like that. Who was some stranger to challenge how I taught? I swore that I wasn’t going back. But the following Monday night, my curiosity got the better of me. Off I went to lurk in the Kinderchat world. I quickly realized that these folks made me THINK! I started to post replies and get into conversations. I started carving out the time on Monday night to be a part of this experience. It totally changed how I taught!
Then something amazing happened: I started to talk to these folks about all sorts of things.
No topic was taboo. The struggles to find plus size clothing, Richard Armitage, the right wine to drink with dinner were all discussed. Feeling down or sick? I just had to post it, and there were people who were willing to talk, to cheer and cry with me. People who laughed at my horrid typing, and favourited my bizarre posts. Slowly, without ever actually meeting them, these people became an important part of my day.
I’ve been lucky to meet some of these Kinderchat members, and I may not ever meet others. I am, however, honoured and thankful to no longer call them my “Kinderchat” friends, but just: friends.