I had someone ask me once if I would be posting about my struggles in class. I haven’t done so until now because I try to be a positive force for others who find my materials. I’m also conscious that what I publish is “out there” and any one can find it, manipulate it, and use it against me. However, I have to confess that not everything is perfect in my little teaching world.
At this week’s PD my principal scolded everyone for having students on personal Facebook accounts, texting students etc. I really wish he would have called specific people out.
I want my principal to call people out because I want to know if he’s referencing ME. I don’t have a Facebook anymore (I deleted it) and I would NEVER text students, but I created a Spanish Department account for my school in order to remind students about certain things. I checked to make sure it was ok with the superintendent, so I didn’t think it was an issue. Heck – I hardly ever check it unless it’s for updates!
Unfortunately, this last week an unidentifiable student tweeted me, asking if grades were going to be updated soon because it was driving him and his parents nuts. This student then proceeded to tweet how our Spanish department was being run by a “numbskull” and asked another student to retweet. I work at a small school, so it is super obvious this student was talking about me and not someone else. I also have a strong hunch as to who this student is.
So I need advice. What do I do? Keep it open, and continue to have faith in the 98% of my students who interact with me the way I originally intended? Or do I close the account and admit the defeat that many said would come. What would you do if you were me?