Recently I have been talking to educators about becoming connected online and networking with other educators. Connecting with other educators is a great tool, and I have made many good friends through the connections I have built up online.
I love the educators that let me see glimpses of what’s going on in their classrooms. I love the ones that give me new ideas or ways to get professional development, and I love links to resources. I also love the conversations I can have with another educator about policy or the classroom. These are all wonderful ways to keep me connected to others, and I have learned so much.
So what’s not so good when it comes to an educator’s professional account. When an educator uses an account created for the purpose of being their “professional” account for mostly personal reasons, then there’s a bit of a problem. Sure, the occasional family pic or hobby post isn’t bad, but when your account is used more for personal reasons than professional ones, it’s time to consider separating the two into different accounts, or considering the reason you created the account in the first place.
Yes, educators themselves tend to be held to higher standards in general when it comes to social media posting, but educators have always been held to higher standards. We should keep this in mind when connecting with other educators, as they tend to follow us for our educational insight and knowledge. I want to hear about what fellow educators are doing and thinking as it relates to education, as I look for new ideas for my own development.
It’s very easy to mute or unfollow someone, and it’s something I’ve taken advantage of a few times myself. No matter how good of an educator someone might be, if their personal stuff is overtaking their professional account, I take care of it. Sometimes it’s harder than others.
We all have our own opinions and ideals. And yes, we like to share them with our peers, too. However, before posting that political tweet or sending off the tenth picture of your family vacation on your professional account, stop and think about how other educators are perceiving it. Why did they follow your account in the first place? Is this post or tweet going to live up to the ideals you’ve set forth for your professional account? If not, you may want to consider posting it to a personal account instead.