Have you seen a trend lately of teacherprenuers using Instagram to grow their audience? Maybe you've heard of some big names in the teacher-instagram land and you've got heart eyes wondering how they were able to find so much success. You may have even started your own teacher instagram, but you're feeling a little lost and you're wondering if you'll ever have more than 20 people like your photos. Maybe you're dreaming of the day when teachers will talk about your account or share your resources during lunch.
When I first started my teacher instagram, I felt a lot of these feelings. It seemed like there was some big secret to success that no one was willing to share. I felt alone and desperate and I wanted to give up, but I'm so glad that I didn't.
There are a lot of trendy quips people say about self care. Things like "self-care isn't selfish," or "almost everything works if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you,"an empty lantern provides no light." Usually, when people use these quotes to talk about self care they're promoting an idea that it's okay to make time to pamper yourself or encouraging you to take long baths and make appointments to get your nails done. I'm not saying you shouldn't do those things if you enjoy them. I'm just saying that long baths, fresh manicures, and splurging for a soda aren't things that you necessarily NEED in order to survive.
True self care has to do with the essential tasks you make yourself do to take care of your real human self that needs sleep, food, comfort, entertainment, and security. Real self care is eating enough vegetables even though they're not your favorite. Real self care is making time to clean the kitchen floor regularly. Real self care is sticking to your budget and going to bed on time. And you deserve that kind of self-care, too.
I'm a big believer in the power of your mindset because your core beliefs influence everything you do, think, and say. The great thing about mindset is that you can CHANGE it just by choosing to believe something different.
I believe that Instagram should be about more than liking perfectly edited photos. It should be about more than scrolling through filtered perspectives and well crafted captions. It should be about more than saving ideas for later and dreaming of being like someone else. It should be about more than emojis and giphys and stickers and follows and likes and shares. Instagram should be about the relationships you make with other people.
in one of my last semesters of college, I had this fabulous professor, Lily Taylor. She wore tennis shoes with all of her dresses because she insisted on being comfortable while she taught. She had a wealth of knowledge about effective classroom management strategies and she had a way of speaking that drew you in and made you want to listen. Professor Taylor was wonderful. Of the countless things I learned from her, the most memorable lecture is summed up in this quote: The people in the classroom who are doing most of the talking are the people in the classroom who are doing most of the learning.
I have reflected on this quote frequently and often remind myself to stop talking and give the students room to discuss what they are learning. I believe that learning is LOUD and I incorporate instructional strategies that align with this belief. Are you wondering how to get your students talking about content in your classroom? Here are some ideas about using conversations to increase learning.
Hey y’all! I’ve been sharing a lot of strategies and advice about creating your Teacher Instagram. If you want to read what I’ve already written on this topic, you can click here.
Today I wanted to clarify the different stages I’ve talked about: starting, building, growing, and maintaining. In my experience, it is essential that you go through these stages in order. If your goal is to create a memorable brand, you need to run the marathon, not a sprint. I’m not here to give you quick tricks to get a thousand followers in a week - I’m here to guide you through the process of intentionally designing a brand that will make a difference.
Each stage is defined by the moves you take, NOT by the number of followers you have. I’m hoping to break the misconception that more followers equals more success - this is not the case. Curious to know what stage you’re in? Keep reading.
Hi! I'm JamiE.
I'm the teacher behind Basic Girl Teaches, a brand I created for teachers like YOU who are looking for resources, ideas, encouragement, and support. I'm so glad you're here!
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