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It was an honour to be nominated for the #TwitteratiChallenge by @Sue_Cowley who is an inspiring and dedicated education professional. When I read Sue’s blog in full I noted that I also had to nominate five colleagues. How to choose? There are so many inspirational colleagues to choose from. Here are the five who I feel contribute, on different levels, to the wonderful land of Twitter.

1. @SueAtkins is a former Deputy Headteacher, a mother and a well-known international parenting expert. Sue also gives frequent parenting advice on television and radio. Sue’s tweets are on education and parenting, she also connects colleagues together, especially if she believes that they are like minded and have a degree of synergy.  When encouraging colleagues to join Twitter I always say to follow Sue. As the ‘queen of Twitter!’ Sue is very honest and shares her personal and professional journey, as well as commenting on our shared love of period dramas. Sue, I salute you for your passion and energy!

2. @DeborahFielden is a teacher and works as a consultant and trainer.  Deborah writes informative articles for the sector press. You can guarantee that Deborah always has useful tweets to share from blogs, YouTube clips and books, to name just a few. She is always on hand to answer any Early Years questions from colleagues in the UK and overseas. She is also a regular contributor to #eytalking, has guest hosted and also encourages colleagues to join Twitter, citing the educational benefits. Deborah, I salute you for your ongoing sharing.

3. @ShonetteBasonis a teacher and trainer. Her energy is amazing! I love Shonette’s tweets, which are a mixture of education and inspiration. Shonette is a Guinness World Record holder for her famous dough disco! On a Monday she keeps everyone focused with her hashtags #LoveMondays and #choosehappy. She also shared her daily giving to kindness early this year, using the hashtag #randomactsofkindess, from paying for meals and leaving money for strangers. Shonette always shares her love of music with a favourite tune! Shonette, I salute you for your uniqueness and putting the fun into Twitter!

4.  @HilaryWhite3  is an Early Years teacher who blogs on a regular basis and shares so many images of her practice. So many colleagues appreciate her sharing as there is much to learn from her amazing practice. Rachel’s takes time to take photographs, linking to an area of pedagogy practice. As a trainer it is amazing to hear on my travels: ‘Ooh, we have come across a Rachel who shares her practice and we have adapted our environments as a result!’ I also share Rachel’s outstanding practice with others. Rachel, I salute you for your selflessness.

5. @GeoffBilling is an Early Years teacher who has produced two free Early Years e-books #EYFStwitterpalsbook and Outdoor Provision, which many colleagues have downloaded. Geoff is also very busy making resources for the children he works with and shares many items via Twitter. Geoff loves finding a bargain, either on the internet or from second-hand shops. This helps colleagues to understand that providing resources for children doesn’t have to involve a cost but just the educator being creative and passionate about extending children’s learning. Geoff, I salute you for your dedication.

Thanks @TeacherToolkit  for starting #TwitteratiChallenge. Sue, Deborah, Shonette, Geoff and Rachel your challenge is to find five colleagues and share! Have fun!

@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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