The One Where He Overthought Every Post

Full disclosure: I am an over-poster… I post too much on my Facebook account. I probably annoy my friends from high school that I haven’t seen in person for 20 years because they know every time my kids have lost a tooth

or my thoughts on professions mini putt-putt on the French TSN channel (not sure how I even ended up on that channel)

or my thoughts on the Perogy poutine from Coney Island.

My rule for posting on social media is simple: if I wouldn’t post it on my bulletin board outside my classroom on parent teacher interview night then I shouldn’t post it on my social media feeds. (it took me a long time to figure out this rule).

I think social media gets a bad rap in this day and age. So I am going to reflect on the pros and cons that have happened in my personal and professional life due to social media.

So what are some of the positives if any:

  1. I have been able to keep in touch with friends and family members from near and far, and former teachers and colleagues from over the years. (Funny moment the other day when I was about to say hi to a person at the grocery store but then realized I had never actually been introduced to them IRL I just see them a lot on social media because I am friends with their over-posting parent. )
  2. I have been introduced to and able to learn new things. For example, putting cheezies in the freezer. ( I even created a blog post about this)

3. Learning Network — I never really got into Twitter until I took #ECI834 last semester. Until that point I thought twitter was basically an app to complain about refs calls against your favourite sports team (hello 13th man). I was wrong…big time wrong! I now see the value of twitter as a learning network. I am connected with fellow educators from around the globe who are inspired and passionate about teaching and the best part…they like to share!!!!! The amount of lessons and ideas I have acquired and incorporated into my lessons and staff meetings in invaluable.

Too soon?

4. I am responsible for my school’s social media feeds (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram). I like that I am able to promote our school and all the wonderful things that are happening in our building by our hardworking staff. I believe this outlet helps set a tone for the school and surrounding community.

5. My last point and I am not quite sure where it should fall under positive or negative is social media revealing peoples true feelings or values. I still remember last year when I saw a comment made on a news story by a person who I knew quite well. The comment that person made was not nice and it went against all my core values and it really bothered me that this person thought that way and I never knew it for all that time.

So is it a good thing or bad thing to know this? Is the ostrich method of burying my head in the sand better or worse?

Photo by Jean van der Meulen on Pexels.com

Now lets look at the negatives when it comes to social media in my personal and professional life:

  1. Wasting my time! This picture sums it all up:
Think of everything I could have accomplished 😦

2. See point #5 from the Pros list above…

3. The pressures of posting the perfect life… I know and realize that every house has dirty dishes and kids throw tantrums over silly things but envy does creep in sometimes when you see vacation photos or picturesque suppers when you are rushing to feed the kids McDonalds before an early swimming class and late hockey practice. I have one friend on social media that keeps it real by posting the ups and downs of parenting and it is refreshing to see (its like seeing behind the curtain in the Wizard of OZ …SPOILER ALERT!)

Photo courtesy of: https://creative-analytics.corsairs.network/analytic-lessons-from-behind-the-curtain-7911417a0359

Thank you to anyone who made it this far in my blog. I am about 4 years away from my first born asking for a (insert relevant social media app for 2025) and this makes me nervous and excited at the same time …ok more nervous, like really nervous, than excited because I can see both sides of the argument. I can only hope that I lead by being a good example and have set a solid foundation in place for him to make the right choices and learn from the inevitable mistakes that come with such unassuming power.

3 thoughts on “The One Where He Overthought Every Post

  1. Curtis,

    I love how you formatted your post– so concise and succinct, but hitting on relevant points! Something that I connected with was feeling the pressures of having to post about a perfect life. I often feel that way on a professional level. I see all of these wonderful educators using these cool tools and implementing seemingly flawless lessons in their colour/theme coordinated classrooms. It sometimes makes me feel like I’m not doing enough or I should be doing more. The comparison insecurity is real sometimes, but I find that I need to remind myself that social media only shows the things that people choose to share. Everyone experiences successes and failures, but it can be easy to lose sight of that sometimes!

    Great words to live by when it comes to posting on social media: “If I wouldn’t post it on my bulletin board outside my classroom on parent teacher interview night then I shouldn’t post it on my social media feeds.”

    Also, I love The Office reference!

    Well done– looking forward to working alongside you this semester!

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    1. Thank you Leigh for taking the time to comment. I have come to compare the perfect lesson post on social media to watching a comedy special on Netflix we just see the polished final product but what we don’t see is the comic practicing their acts at open mic nights for months to perfect the final wording and timing. This semester I will make it a point to post a lesson that crashed and ask for advice on how to make it better.

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  2. So we meet again! I like how you adopted Twitter, changed your perspectives on it, and turned it into a great teaching and learning tool for yourself and your kiddos. Although I am more acquainted with it since January, I still find myself to be a little bit of a fish out of water.

    I appreciated how you wrote about the friend that wrote comments on a post that you fundamentally disagree with, but had no idea prior to that post. I too wonder if one day I will be completely baffled at someone I thought I knew, only to find out that I didn’t via comments on social media. Like I tell my kids, it’s really easy to say terrible things with the safety of your computer screen. So if you wouldn’t say it to someone’s face or you know you shouldn’t say it to someone’s face, then you shouldn’t write online or post about it. It is very similar to the bulletin board idea.

    Thanks for another great post! Looking forward to another great semester learning alongside you.

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