As the owner of a talent development agency that serves individuals and organizations globally, I could not do my job without the power of social media, and I often coach people on how they can use it to feel empowered and advance their careers. I’ve worked with hundreds of people from marketing, fashion, tech, and other industries to embrace social networking tools and bring more success to their lives.
Recently, I’ve spent the last 30 days on Twitter engaging with teachers and future teachers as part of the work associated with my book Confessions of a Teacher Recruiter: How to Create an Extraordinary Resume and Hook Your Dream. I’ve also been starting to look for prospective leads for recruiting clients who are beginning to plan recruitment for the 2014-15 school year. And at the end of the 30 days, my conclusion is… really?!?
While I found new teachers doing great things on Twitter, there was a large group whose tweets left me expressing shock through a series of facial expressions I didn’t even know I could make!
So at the risk of sounding like an old lady yelling at all of you to “get off my lawn,” I’m going to give you my tough love and honest feedback on what you should consider before posting something on social media now that you’re a teacher: Continue reading
The fifth graders have left my classroom in chaos. Papers are on the floor. Aden managed to scrawl “Don’t drop that thun” on my board as everyone lined up to leave. The desks seemed to be turned slightly, making everything appear off.
I’m in the process of recreating my room as Ms. B comes to my door. She is a veteran teacher from down the hall, older, southern, and black. Ms. B treats every student with the firm affection of a wise grandmother.
I tell her about that last block of the day, how I can’t get through to them, how I don’t know if I can do this. I’m crying at this point. Exhausted.
“Miss Freeman,” she tells me, “don’t. We’re going to fix this. It’s going to be okay. Just show them that you love them.”
Love. That was not the advice I expected. I love my students very much – I’m too nice, and it’s a disaster in my classroom at times. I thought Ms. B was going to tell me to be more consistent, to send people out, to give out more silent lunches – but love?
Instead, I nod and say, “Okay, I’ll try to show more love.” Continue reading
Here are a few neat photos of Together Classrooms I’ve seen recently in my travels. Thanks to Amanda and Crystal at The Prep Schools in Cleveland and the whole team at Collegiate Academies in New Orleans for providing such great material!
Great way to neatly collect and organize exit tickets from secondary students! Continue reading