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Facebook: Ruining Careers one Post at a Time…..

I am sure everyone who is reading this post agrees that Social Media and being a teacher can ruin your career if you do not use your head and post something ridiculously absurd about your students. When you do such an idiotic thing, not only are you totally embarrassing yourself and ridiculing others, you are most likely sabotaging your career. However, in my district, it seems like teachers get away with this. Especially since they are tenured and our school district cannot afford the funds to fire a tenured teacher.

Being a teacher, I refuse to have a Facebook Page, Twitter or anything of the sort. Not only because I want to avoid making impulsive posts, but because I love my job so much that it is not worth the risk.All that it takes is one idiotic post and you are toast. Say goodbye to your career.I understand that people use Facebook as a place to vent their frustrations, but if you are a teacher, you should find a different outlet to vent.

What I do not understand is why some teachers who post these statuses think that just because they have marked their profile private, that it is actually private. Well, think again! You have about 500 “friends” on your friends list, who have access to everything, good or bad, that you post. And just because people are on your friends list, does not actually mean that they are your friends!! A friends list does not solidify that they are your “true” friends and that they can be trusted. Yes, to some people, being on people’s friends list is like a badge of honor, but in reality, it is only a popularity contest.Kinda like being in high school all over again.

I definitely agree with fact that when you are a teacher, you are held to a much more higher standard. Teachers are supposed to be role models, and we teach our students not to post negative comments on their Facebook profiles.In my school, cyberbullying is like an epidemic which is spreading like wild fire. This seems to be a trend with high school students who use Facebook to cyberbully. How can students refrain from/ be expected to stop posting about others when there are teachers who post about students!I know a teacher who has posted some pretty mean comments on her Facebook page about teaching and students and is currently being held under hot water.

Now, she is trying to get herself  out of trouble by saying that it was me  who gave a parent a printed out version of the posts to turn into administration. She is claiming that her profile was private and that it was done maliciously.I think this teacher is looking for a scapegoat to avoid getting into trouble. I mean really, why can’t you just accept that you made a mistake and take responsibility for your actions and face the consequences? It does not matter who handed in your posts, you posted the comments and there is no way of avoiding it. What is pointing fingers at other people going to achieve? I would not waste my time looking at her Facebook page, nor waste my time turning in her idiotic posts.

This teacher should not be posting bad comments about her students in the first place. If you hate teaching kids so much, well, then maybe you try a totally different career. I know that teachers, like any other person, have a right to freedom of speech, but I think that since teachers are viewed upon by society as role models, then they should think again before they post about their students. They should seek alternatives to venting about their students elsewhere. Perhaps writing in a journal is a much better alternative to writing about your students.

What do you guys think…..

Do teachers have a right to posting negative comments on Facebook about their students?

Should they be able to get away with posting about their students?

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Do what you love….

One of my fellow coworkers just recently quit her job teaching because she wants to do what she loves,to be a mom. We were all betting money that she would not come back since she took a year off. Then the news spread like wild-fire that she was no longer going to continue being an English teacher at our school. I kind of new that from the get-go. It is really not such a difficult choice.

On the outside, she seemed to be VERY happy teaching at our school.She was so happy that it made you wonder what you were doing incorrectly, and made you question whether or not teaching was the right career choice for you. She kind of made you feel unhuman or crazy because you actually showed that you were unhappy about a student telling you off, or ticked off at your supervisor and overwhelmed at times. However, looks can be deceiving.

Yes, on the outside, she seemed to be perfect, but a little too perfect. I knew that no one could be that perfect, and that behind that fake facade was really someone who hated her job. I knew it was just a matter of time. After she quit, I found out more about who she truly is as a person by reading her blog. It is strange how you can work with someone for years and know nothing about them, until you read their blog. Turns out that she DREADED teaching and started having anxiety about returning in September. It kind of gave me a piece of mind. I thought to myself…ok I am not crazy after all. It is the ones who act normal that are truly crazy!! SUCCESS!

She inspired me to pursue doing the things that I love. Since teaching is such a demanding and time consuming job, you have to dedicate A LOT of your time and you have the tendency to forget what is truly important in life.–Taking care of yourself and enjoying time with your family and friends, and most importantly.–doing the things that you love. My coworker now blogs daily, does photography, jogs, cuts hair, travels and hangs with her friends. Many of the things that I wish I could do too. Let me not forget…She even posted a picture of herself having drinks with her friends on Facebook! A major no-no for teachers. Heck, I have not been able to do that since college!

But to get to my point, I could never think about quitting my teaching job. I actually look forward to going in everyday and am very excited about teaching my “kids.”Yes, I consider them to be my children.

Although I love my teaching job, and cannot picture myself doing anything else, I have those days when I feel unappreciated and feel mentally abused so-to-speak. However, the good days, teachable moments and the reminders from students that you are a great teacher are what make my job worthwhile. Despite the fact that I cannot picture myself doing anything else, I have been feeling inspired to do what I love. I have a very creative mind and love, love, love to create things. I just wonder what would I be able to actually accomplish if I had the time to invest in creating more….becoming an entrepreneur.

I create bottle cap jewelry, knit, and do photography. I truly LOVE doing these things and, I wish that I could start my own business somehow…someway…someday. It truly is an investment of time ,and I am not sure if I am ready just yet to actually do what I love when I am still in love with my current position. I guess I will have to wait until I completely fall out of love with being a teacher to pursue my other love, but who knows how long that will be…. and who knows if that will ever really happen…. I guess we will have to wait and see….