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One unexpected but real change that comes with moving into a classroom teacher role is the importance of being professional on social media. Up until now, you likely haven’t had to be too concerned with your social media presence. But as teachers, we need to be proactive and aware of what we are posting online.
Social media is such an amazing tool that can be utilized as a teacher. There are ways to use it to connect with students and families in a positive and helpful way. The key to successfully using social media as a teacher is to be strategic, proactive, and stick to best practices. We want to ensure that we are doing everything possible to keep our students safe. Additionally, we must be aware of how our social media reflects on us as professionals and that we are staying within any policies or guidelines of our school and district.
In this episode, we are diving into things you should consider when using social media as a teaching professional. I am sharing how social media can be incredibly beneficial for creating a professional network, opportunities for personal and professional growth, and collaboration with your team. I am also sharing 10 ways that I recommend teachers connect with parents and students safely on social media.
Of course, there are a lot of special considerations that we need to consider if we are going to have a public social media account as an elementary teacher. I am covering some things you should think about and be cautious of when using social media as a teacher. To help guide you as you navigate this change in social media usage, I am walking you through best practices for elementary teachers on social media.
Teaching has been beyond challenging these past few years as we are still dealing with behaviors that have been increased because of COVID. I am doing everything I can to support teachers just like you with classroom management inside the Classroom Management Club. If you’re getting ready to set up your first classroom, check out the READY for School Academy to help you prepare for next school year. Remember, doors for both are open until summer and I would love to support you in your teaching journey!
I hope this information is helpful as you prepare for your first, second, or third year of teaching. Until next time, remember, just because you're a beginning elementary teacher, there's no need for you to struggle like one.
Dr. Lori Friesen | Beginning Teacher Mentor
Creator of the R.E.A.D.Y. for School Academy, Dr. Lori Friesen has mentored thousands of beginning teachers across the country through her workshops and courses. Host of the popular podcast, Beginning Teacher Talk, and creator of the innovative literacy program for 1st and 2nd grade, Dogs Help Kids Read and Succeed, Dr. Lori is dedicated to serving educators and inspiring learners. Learn more at drlorifriesen.com and at howdogshelpkids.com.
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