One area that I don't blog about as frequently is about my role as a public school teacher. Sure, I mention it in passing but it's not the primary area of my little blog. However, as an educator, I have been hugely impacted by the role of social media. When I began graduate school in 2009, social media was still a small growing area of technology. Blogs were out and prevalent ... Although they certainly looked different... And Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter were nonexistent and/or just beginning. Today there are more online resources for teachers than anywhere else.
Personally, I rely heavily on social media for my planning and preparation for my first grade classroom.
I use an online teacher planner called www.planbook.com. I found out about this through various teacher blogs about four years ago. Since then, I have shared this tool with other teachers that I Have worked with.
I regularly read teacher blogs, follow other teachers on Instagram (#teachersfollowteachers), and search for different resources on Pinterest. I utilize the amazing website called Teachers Pay Teachers to find resources and prints less for my classroom. I belong to a closed Facebook group that is specific to my grade level (first grade), where we discuss teaching strategies, struggles, praises, and more. They are my people.
The use of social media has allowed me to expand my resources, my sounding board, and my strengths as a teacher. I'm amazed each day how I rely on it ...and enjoy how it has shaped who I am as an educator!