This is an idea to harness the power of Twitter in a more structured way to provide support for training teachers by connecting them with a Twitter mentor. Basically the mentor would be someone who is willing to share ideas and resources as well as being a point of contact to answer questions, give feedback on ideas and generally provide support and encouragement. I know that when I started teaching I was wary of asking colleagues for support or getting their feedback on ideas because I didn’t want to seem like I didn’t know what I was doing. Twitter has helped me hugely by providing me with the opportunity to test out ideas and develop them. It has helped me build my confidence in my own ideas and as a result has helped me improve as a teacher. I envisage the ‘mentor’ scheme would work as a two-way support system as I know there are plenty of things I could learn from a training teacher, plenty of ideas to be shared as well as opportunities for collaboration.
I will explore this idea further and hope to talk about it at #RethinkingICT. If you have any thoughts, ideas or suggestions about this scheme – maybe you would like to be a ‘mentor’ – let me know.