Connect Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself


February 8, 2013 by Brad Currie

Believe me, I know the title of my latest post is a bit 1990’s, but I am trying to get an important point across. I am a big hip hop and R&B fan, which is why I selected Ice Cube featuring Das Efx’s song “Check Yo Self” as the theme that would support my thoughts. To me, being a connected educator is paramount in a variety of ways. One being that you can consume a wealth of ideas, educational resources, and best practice techniques. The other is that you are able to share out with other like-minded educators what matters to you and in turn have an impact on student success. This is why educators need to become and remain connected in order to stay on top of their game on a consistent basis. There is no better way to stay connected than through Twitter. Below you will find my Twitter Regiment for 2013. If strictly adhered to, this plan will boost your overall ability to remain relevant as a lead learner and impact your school environment in ways once thought unthinkable.


Twitter Regimen:

Month #1

  • Log on to Twitter and consume twice a week for about twenty minutes at a clip.
  • Follow ten new educators every week.

Month #2

  • Continue month #1 regimen and……
  • Tweet out links, articles, ideas, videos, and resources

Month #3

  • Continue month #1 and month #2  regimen plus………
  • Join a discussion group such as #satchat #ntchat #ptchat #edchat #sschat #iaedchat

Month #4

  • Continue month #1, month #2, and month #3 regimen plus…….
  • Promote the importance of expanding your personal learning network with peers
  • Model all that is great with Twitter and other web based PD

Month #5

  • Continue month #1, month #2, month #3, month #4 regimen plus……….
  • Integrate Twitter in the classroom or school setting as a way to engage students, promote student and staff achievements, and keep school stakeholders informed

In future posts I will lay the ground work for even more opportunities that being a connected educator offers. Remember to remind yourself and others the importance of connecting yourself before you wreck yourself.


12 thoughts on “Connect Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

  1. PrincipalEit says:

    Wow. Throwing it back. I love it. Superb post.

  2. Raquel Williams says:

    What a great post Brad!You inspired me to set myself some goals in how to use twitter.Thanks
    Raquel Williams

    • Brad Currie says:

      Thanks Raquel. Good luck with WeTech. I went last year and had a great time. Unfortunately this year I will be at the NASSP Conference in D.C. Scott Rocco and I will be doing live streaming #Satchat from both locations. Should be exciting.

  3. Love the way you have broken down the process of using Twitter. I would like to refer teachers to this post next month when I am teaching about Twitter.

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  5. Andi says:

    I think you mean “regimen”, but great ideas. I would say to give some thought to those you “follow”, so that you are sifting through worthwhile information.

  6. iplantes says:

    Reblogged this on The road to learning and commented:
    I admire Brad Currie (@bcurrie5) greatly for his thoughts. This post from over a year ago, continuously resonates in my head….more edus need to embrace the larger world of edu conversation that is happening

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Brad Currie is the Middle School Dean of Students and Supervisor of Instruction for the Chester School District in Chester, NJ. He is the co-founder and co-moderator of #Satchat on Twitter. Brad is passionate educational technology and social media in the school setting.

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