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I’ve heard that one of the assistant principals in a district where I sub is a “social media consultant” and makes quite a bit of money doing it. Supposedly her plan is to make a pile of money and retire early.

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MightyTeach 10-25-2019 04:13 PM

The admin at my school encourage teachers to post on Twitter. Everyone is posting pictures on Twitter weekly! I used to but don't anymore. I can't keep track of the privacy issues.

HoHumBeachBum 10-23-2019 07:06 AM

If that were to take place where I work, I'd have to learn how to use Twitter. I believe I accidentally clicked on a Twitter link once in my life. The page that appeared was so busy & out of control with insane images that I immediately clicked off.
Yuh, right. I don't think so.

Surly 10-23-2019 05:15 AM

Of how most administrators are only concerned with PR and style over substance. To them, all that matters is APPEARING to do something by posting images appeals to the senses rather than actually doing anything. It’s all about what parents’ perceptions rather than reality.

This social media obsession and the subsequent pressure placed on teachers can also detract from the quality of instruction. Not all subject areas naturally lend themselves to producing physical artifacts that make for visually appealing social media content. However, I can see how teachers could feel pressure to force things into their classes that result in cute projects when doing so might not necessarily be academically best for students.

Singvogel 10-22-2019 04:13 AM

It used to be that there were those who constantly talked about themselves and how WONDERFUL they were. Now, those same people have Twitter, Instagram, Facebook...

Early on in the teacher Twitter craze, I did participate in some pretty good Twitter chats on educational topics. Those are few and far between these days.

The effect of social media hurts teachers who don't always self-congratulate, and it is an emotional piece that I think informs us as to why so many children have anxiety. The constant exhortation to "be awesome," "be amazing," "be inspiring"... cannot be good for any human being.

annie_g 10-21-2019 07:40 PM

So ironic because a few years ago when Twitter wasn't as big as it is now, I wanted to have kids tweet what we were doing in class each day (with my approval). I set up an account and was ready to go, only to find out my district had blocked access to Twitter. They wouldn't budge even though I had principal approval. Now teachers are being forced into it.

NJ Teacher 10-20-2019 12:42 PM

I was so glad I retired, because the year after I did, teachers were required to have Twitter accounts. Posting on Class Dojo or your class website that you were required to have suddenly wasn't enough, although you could do Dojo in addition to Twitter. I never had a desire to be a publicist, and I know I would have resented this extra part of my job when I had barely enough time to do everything else they kept loading us up with. We also were supposed to upload classroom photos for an electronic frame outside the main office, but I rarely, if ever did that, once again due to lack of time. Once upon a time, the district actually hired a retired teacher and then a local photo journalist to come and take classroom photos, but that has come and gone. Then, we had a PTO parent who did it, but that is also gone. Now it is on us. One thing we don't have to worry about any more is that each class used to have to submit an article with photos once a year for a News and Views newsletter that the district put out to parents. Once we had a new superintendent, I think he thought those types of articles weren't especially relevant or higher level, so we didn't have to do them any more.

You are also right about the issue of constantly thinking and worrying about what you were going to post before actually teaching. I found it to be quite competitive. Education does not focus on the right priorities today. I went out for drinks with some working teachers in my district recently,, and I am so glad I am out of the rat race.

hand 10-20-2019 12:38 PM

I can see this becoming a problem. I retired last year, however, even then more and more children were on the do not photograph list. Years ago, I might have one student on that list. The last year I taught, I had 5 out of 20. I had to constantly tell the superintendent not take group shots of my room to put on the school Facebook or website.

Sbkangas5 10-20-2019 11:16 AM

A couple of years ago our P tried to tell everyone they had to get a twitter account and start posting what is happening in their classrooms. Needless to say, nobody did and we never heard about that again.

SubMan 10-19-2019 05:06 PM

I’ve heard that one of the assistant principals in a district where I sub is a “social media consultant” and makes quite a bit of money doing it. Supposedly her plan is to make a pile of money and retire early.

Violets2 10-19-2019 04:21 PM

Our superintendent is. Is constantly taking selfies with staff and students. I don’t use much social media so would be sneered at

applesaucencr 10-19-2019 12:46 PM

Social media for schools should be very professional and limited to school news and appropriate photos. Less is more if you to avoid a scandal or drama due to poorly worded posts or tweets or impulsively posting instead of being thoughtful about the message. And, I would discourage teachers from having public accounts unless it is for their own business or something. No classroom accounts! I find that exposure to be invasive of students' privacy even if their faces or names aren't shown. it is also a great way to incite the fury of the high maintenance and crazy parents.

MsBTexas 10-19-2019 09:53 AM

This is a really random vent I know--but I'm curious--does anyone else have admin who are obsessed with posting every little thing done in school (extracurricular or in the classroom) on social media and getting the teachers to do the same thing?

Don't get me wrong--I enjoy social media most times. I even agreed to be the person in charge of our school's Instagram (so I make all the posts for it and go to all school events in order to make the posts). In addition, I teach the journalism classes at my school and lead our student news organization--so social media is a big deal.

BUT, I feel like ALL my admin (principal especially) care about is making Twitter and Instagram posts allllllll day long. It almost seems like they try to make posts about things with their own personal accounts first in order to one-up our student media posts before we can post about the same events! It makes it feel like I'm constantly having to worry about what I am going to post next as opposed to actually being in the moment and enjoying the lesson or school event. And lord help the teachers who don't even have Twitter or Instagram accounts--it's like they are basically sneered at by our superiors because of it. Haha--sorry. Rant over. Just had to get that off my chest in a safe place.

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