I’ve shared here on the blog, and also in several recent conference sessions, that Twitter has changed my life. No exaggeration. Not even in the slightest. I’ve heard similar sentiments from quite a few others, including this from John Stevens:
— John Stevens (@Jstevens009) July 13, 2015
I’ve learned a ton from John. I’m a huge fan of his work at wouldyourathermath.com and with La Cucina Matematica, and if memory serves, he’s the one who introduced me to the idea of a Twitter chat. John and some other outstanding folks run the #caedchat which drops every Sunday evening at 8 pm (PT). I joined in once, and it was great. (Side note: If Twitter is like drinking too much awesome from a firehose, then #caedchat is that to the extreme.)
I enjoyed the conversations and connections, but the whole synchronous chat thing didn’t work for me. Most chats are in the evening, and in my house that time is dinner time/bath time/story time/bedtime/put-the-house-back-together time. (My wife and I have four little ones, and the oldest just turned six. Yep. Intense is the way to describe it.)
#slowmathchat is Born
Anyway, a year ago I thought of a way that I could engage in Twitter chats without locking in to a specific time: #slowmathchat
#slowmathchat was a blast. I learned a lot in dreaming up topics and writing questions, and also through engaging in conversation. Sometimes I just learned by watching other folks’ responses. Either way, it was fantastic.
Time for a Shift
But it’s time for me to make a shift. I have some other projects I’d like to explore with the small pockets of discretionary time that I currently have. So I won’t be writing any more “This week’s #slowmathchat topic…” tweets, and I won’t be tweeting out #slowmathchat questions every Monday through Friday.
Several of you have shared that #slowmathchat helped you enter into this crazy online community, that the structure of these chats was helpful, even inviting. I still think the asynchronous chat format is really appealing, as is the focus on questions and discussions.
Call To Action
So if you have a math education question you’d love others to weigh in on, I’d love it if you kept using #slowmathchat. And if this thing keeps on ticking for a few more months, or even years, great! And if not, you know you can always find a great group of passionate math educators over on the #MTBoS hashtag.
So long, #slowmathchat! It’s been fun.