When attending an interview for a teaching position, you can count on the interview panel, asking questions about social media. A digital-media footprint that reflects positively on your judgment, skills, and accountability would advance your teaching career.
Developing your online presence
Teachers must try to capture their educational philosophy succinctly. When you are connecting with other professionals or linking articles, ensure your actions are in sync with this philosophy. Always demonstrate a professional attitude towards work. Avoid unwanted debates/conflicts online.
Set the privacy settings
Being able to take a picture and post it to various sites can be tempting. You must set the privacy settings on the websites you post, thereby ensuring that only you control when a picture is ascribed to you.
Teachers are continually interacting with children; they have to display higher behavior standards. Hence, even if you are doing something perfect legally, it can land you in trouble with the school management.
Try to avoid multiple personalities
To evade uncomfortable circumstances, some aspiring teachers create split personalities online. One is the public-facing side that demonstrates correct behavior and the other more unrestrictive that shows inappropriate activities. Avoid the latter direction. If a potential employer finds out, it can prove costly.
Are you prepared for the questions related to your posts?
A teacher’s actions online will raise questions. Avoid online judgment of colleagues or students. Ensure you nurture a positive and growth-oriented online presence.
The image building exercise
A teacher must use social media to highlight the excellent work being done in the classroom and create awareness about the instructional practices. Create a work-oriented Twitter account to post related information, articles regularly.
The positives outweigh the negatives
Teachers must always be prudent about social media postings and be held accountable for higher standards. However, there is no need to get anxious and think social media is a career-ruining mistake that is about to happen. Instead, social media must be viewed as an excellent opportunity to leverage the latest technology to improve the teaching quality and connect with students over a broader range of subjects.
The global economy is connected
The ability to connect with professionals on various issues using social media has a distinct value. It is relevant to a teaching career and a teacher's ability to communicate with students, colleagues, and community members.
Personal brand statement
With social media, we can achieve more. Posting content about themselves, their believes can boost your brand image. At present, a teaching career is much more than a classroom session.
Select a platform
While using social media in your professional practice, you can access multiple platforms to create and share your work. Posting on various sites would boost your online presence.