- *Reflection: A word on your Facebook/Twitter/Instagram. I am hearing more frequently from Administrators and HR personnel: they are doing an online media search on employment candidates. That means those fun photos from that Cabo party weekend, or the angry rant you posted about a co-worker could disqualify you before you even get your foot in the door. Check your privacy settings, including the tagging trail from friends’ sites, and look over your own messaging/posting trail. On the plus side, begin building an online professional profile: follow professional organizations and educational blogs, post and comment in professional forums, add links and connections that show your active involvement in professional development and keeping current with educational trends. That may be the point that tips in your favor!
- *Reflection: This is harder than I thought. By now you have glimpsed some of the joys, and also some of the challenges in the teaching profession. We teach because we want to inspire children. It can be hard when we do not see the fruits of our labors right away, or maybe ever with some kids. But you never know what blooms will emerge, maybe years later, from the seeds you plant today, so take heart! You are doing amazing and profound work with children, who may carry your influences places you never dreamed of. You never know how far your influence to inspire may reach!
“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” ~ Malala Yousafzai