All the time people talk about the incredible learning on twitter. Allow me to share yet another unpopular opinion: I don’t really learn much of anything on twitter anymore. I haven’t in a really long time. Not really anyway. That isn’t to say I don’t learn from people I have met on twitter, or that they don’t help me in many ways. Most of the time however, the conversation, the actual discussions that further thinking and provide growth rarely occur on actual, public twitter anymore.
I asked a question yesterday morning. You can follow the thread and all of the replies here:
Dear edutwitter I’ve been pondering this for a few days. We mostly agree that being positive is a good thing, also we mostly agree it’s important to be authentic. Can you always be both? If not which do you value more? Why?
— Brian (@btcostello05) June 8, 2018
More honesty, I posted these with many expectations about what would be said. What I didn’t expect, was the level of honesty with which people shared. I also did not expect to find answers I hadn’t thought of before. Congratulations EduTwitter, for the first time in a long time, you have surprised me. I heard some people speak there truths about reasons why authenticity or positivity were more important to them. I learned something important. Something that maybe I knew, but in reality a reminder didn’t hurt. We ought to accept one another’s differences. We can disagree, ask questions, push each other, but not attack one another. We can stay positive, we can be okay being not okay, we can even rant if need be. There isn’t a right or wrong way, only what you need to work best for yourself. As with many things, this conversation is filled with gray areas. I found perspectives I hadn’t thought of before, and most importantly, It seems that through all of the responses, questioning, prodding, and pushing, there was a fairly respectful discourse where people shared honestly. I wish it happened more in public spaces like twitter. Perhaps I will get back to asking questions…