#Twitterati Challenge My Top Five.

Gosh! I’ve been challenged by my lovely friend @mishwood1 who named me as one of her top 5 in the latest Twitter challenge. I am thrilled as I don’t think I’ve been in anyone’s top 5 (well maybe by definition the husband’s!) ever.

So, I must rise to the challenge and nominate my own top 5. Like @mishwood1, there are plenty of people I could choose but I’ve plumped for the 5 you will find below the rules because they represent a range of what I like about Twitter and what I derive from being part of that community. Be assured though that if I follow you on Twitter it’s because I value your contributions – even ( perhaps especially) when they get on my nerves or I don’t agree!!

So, here’s the boring bit – the rules:

There are only 3 rules:

  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 made 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?

Apparently, there are 5 to dos you must use if you would like to nominate your own list of colleagues. I have to confess that I’ve failed this bit so my contribution may be disqualified! I can’t be making video clips and stuff – I’m not up to it! I’d be pouring a cup of tea or a glass of Prosecco – depending on time of day – as my favourite drink. Cheers!

1.Within 7 days of being nominated by somebody else, you need to identify colleagues that you rely regularly go-to for support and challenge. They have now been challenged and must act and must act as participants of the #TwitteratiChallenge.

2 .If you’ve been nominated, you must write your own #TwitteratiChallenge blogpost within 7 days. If you do not have your own blog, try @staffrm.

3.The educator nominated, that means you reading this must either: a) record a video of themselves (using Periscope) in continuous footage and announce their acceptance of the challenge, followed by a pouring of your (chose) drink over a glass of ice.

4. Then the drink is to be lifted with a ‘cheers’ before the participant nominates their 5 other educators to participate in the challenge.

5.The educator that is now (newly) nominated, has 7 days to compose their own #TwitteratiChallenge blogpost and identify who their top 5 go-to educators are.

So, here goes – two for the price of one!

 Tom Sherrington @headguruteacher

Headteacher Highbury Grove School. Teacher. Blogger. Member of @HeadsRoundtable. Trustee National Baccalaureate Trust.

John Tomsett @johntomsett

Headteacher in York, England. All views are my own. York, England

I love these two and look forward to all their posts. They write with great wisdom and eloquence and unfailingly tackle the questions that are vexing us all. More than that, they are generous in sharing their thoughts and ideas and ways of working, inviting questions, suggestions and, I guess, criticism. They do all this in calm and unflappable style. They seem to me to embody all that is good about leadership. How I envy the people who work with them.

Nancy @nancygedge

mother, writer, teacher, #downsyndrome #sen #education #motherhood

all opinions are mine


Who could fail to love Nancy’s posts? She writes with insight and understanding and totally without censure. She helps me – maybe all of us – to see things from a different angle. I always enjoy Nancy’s posts – she seems to be a natural writer, always finding a way in to what she wants to address that is interesting and thoughtful. If the world were full of Nancy’s it would be a better place.

Emma Kell @thosethatcan

SLT/Teaching/Learning. Parent, doctoral researcher. Blog here: http://wp.me/4cnTz . Views personal and don’t reflect employer. RTs not nec. endorsements.



Over the two years I have been on Twitter I feel I have come to know Emma and would dearly love to meet her one day. Her posts are always thought provoking and often full of angst and anxiety. I can almost feel her craving to be the best she can and do the best she can, while being a mother, wife, daughter, sister and heaven knows what all else, peeling itself off the paper. She approaches everything with enthusiasm and a positive glow yet asks us to think about the times when things don’t go well, aren’t as you expect, or turn out to be a crushing disappointment.

Tom Starkey @tstarkey1212

Full-time teacher. Shakes pen for coin. Ed tech columnist for the @tes and teaching columnist for @teachsecondary. Read my blog.

And finally as they say… I just had to include Tom. He writes good stuff and I always enjoy reading it but more than that, he makes me laugh. Out loud sometimes. He’s witty and irreverent and almost always right. He never fails to make my day and one of these days, if he stops arranging Starkeyfests for days when I can’t make it, I might just get to meet him in person.

So there you have it – challenge completed. I hope I’ve fulfilled it correctly – I often get these things wrong and wander off on my own little tangent. Enjoy – or not. It’s up to you.

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