Teaching & Learning

Ashley Brewer
Powdersville High School
Anderson School District One

Let's be completely honest with ourselves right now--October is a really hard month for educators. By October, it's safe to say the "honeymoon stage" of the new school year is over.

For teachers, we've officially fallen back into our familiar routines. First quarter grades are finalized, parent-teacher conferences had us working long nights, and all the preparations that were done over the Summer to keep us ahead of the game have all been exhausted by this point.

Thomas McAuliff
Taylors Elementary School
Greenville County Schools

I remember sitting in a college education classroom during my undergrad studies listening to a professor talk about the power of learning from your colleagues. In that same sentence, she remarked on educators who “close the door and teach” without collaborating with other fellow teachers. It was during that time I remember thinking of the power in numbers. Fast forward a few more years as I’m entering into my third year of education, I began to search for variety in professional development. While I knew I did not know everything about education, I knew that “one-size fits all” learning does not work for teachers just as it does not for our students.  It was around this time that I was given the idea to create a Twitter account and use the power of social media for professional development. I never thought of using a social media platform, like Twitter, to gain professional development.