Shock at being included in #TwitteratiChallenge; and my nominations   1 comment

This morning I was minding my own business (well to  be honest I was reflecting and sharing with others my views about campaigning matters in relation to recent election) when into my inbox popped a message saying I had been mentioned on twitter by Deborah Fielden- so  I took a look.

And I saw

My #TwitteratiChallenge @CiarnaC@PSW26259 @NurseryNook@JuneOSullivan @has2bpurpledeborahfielden.wordpress.com/2015/05/10/twi… #EYTalking

I was aware of this challenge, having read a blogpost about it by Laura Henry, but never in a million years did I think I would be included, because although I have times when I am  on twitter a lot with my campaigning tweets and tweets with links to my blogs, I am not a ‘everyday’ tweeter.

So thank you @DeborahFielden for my nomination  for  #TwitteratiChallenge, your experiences far exceed mine and I am totally honoured that you picked me as one of your 5. I am now taking up the challenge to nominate five Twitter colleagues of my own whom I consider as my professional friends who share my ethos about working with  young children and who are as passionate as I am about sharing information freely to support practitioners and parents, so that together we can make a difference.

I have to say that many of the people I would have nominated have already been nominated – so I am thinking about support side as well as information sharing. At first I thought it would be hard to find 5 who have not already been nominated, but in fact it was hard to cut it down to 5, just goes to show how many dedicated, passionate, experienced, inspiring early years people I know and connect to.

And the nominations are:

@volunteerspacey Sarah is one of those people who always responses to cries for help, support or advice – and not only from me but from the many childminders and other early years professionals who seek support. She respects the professional boundaries of her paid employment, but as herself she is happy to support anyone who asks for it. In my case this has included contacting Sarah late at night, at weekends and even unwittingly when she is on holiday. Sarah shares my ethos of volunteering – this connects not only to her job but also to her personal life. My connection with Sarah is not related to her job, as I do not volunteer for the organisation that she works for, however it is volunteering within the early years sector that provides common ground. The fact that Sarah has been a childminder in the past herself means that she has a sound knowledge and understanding of childminding, including the need for support out of office hours. It may seem to some that including Sarah is rather odd, but I firmly believe that it is people like Sarah that help ensure people like me are supported in times of need and therefore can continue the work they do.Thank you Sarah from me x

@Kathybrodie I had to include Kathy because it was Kathy (along with Laura Henry) who encouraged me to start blogging through getting me to do a guest blog. Although a hesitant start, my life has changed since I started blogging and also therefore tweeting. Kathy continues to encourage me and to share information through her blogs and her tweets.

@Jenniflowers_CT Where to start? Jen, has boundless energy and constantly has a million things on the go at once. She has a childminding setting,a homebased nursery a pre school and is setting up groups to support children with SEND. However the thing that sets Jen apart is her work with parents of the children and her staff. Jen shares, trains, inspires and models so that the children benefit from informed staff and parents. Some of the things Jen tweets have that ‘wow’ factor (and the why didn’t I think of that). I am proud to have Jen as one of my professional friends, who always goes the extra mile in her support of others.

@DrSue22 I have included Sue because (along with others) she thinks on similar lines to myself – and we both hate tick box systems and trying to get people to fit into one size fits all boxes. Sue is always willing to share information and to discuss early years issues, which I and many others find beneficial. The fact that Sue has early years  teaching experience, supports my understanding – and links me to colleagues within schools. I think it is safe to say that we share a passion for early years and child led learning.

@chattercat2 Lisa is a Ofsted registered childminder like myself, who shares my passion for childminding and also campaigns against many of the same government policies as I do. Lisa’s strength is in her sharing of information from others which benefits many childminders and other early years professionals. She retweets, and tweets her own views. She gives her time as a volunteer and also as a campaigner, and is very supportive of others.

Thank you to @TeacherToolkit  for starting #TwitteratiChallenge. Sarah, Kathy, Lisa, Jen and Sue –  your challenge is to find five colleagues and share! My apologies that you will have to find a way to blog – but who knows, like me you may get hooked. If it is really stressful to set up one – I am happy to use my blog as the means – and you can write a guest blog, which I will publish with your twitter name, but try @staffrm first

@teachertoolkit rules are: 

  1. You cannot knowingly include someone you work with in real life.
  2. You cannot list somebody that has already been named if you are already aware of them being listed on #TwitteratiChallenge.
  3. You will need to copy and paste the title of this blogpost and (the rules and what to do) information into your own blog post.

What to do?

  • Within seven days of being nominated by somebody else, you need to identify colleagues that you rely regularly on and go to for support and challenge. They have now been challenged and must act as participants of the #TwitteratiChallenge.
  • If you’ve been nominated, please write your own #TwitteratiChallenge blog post within seven days. If you do not have your own blog, try @staffrm.
  • The educator that is now (newly) nominated, has seven days to compose their own #TwitteratiChallenge blog post and identify who their top five go-to educators are.

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