I’m seeing a growing amount of new teacher blogs and social media accounts over the Christmas period. I always find there is more and more new accounts around Christmas and during the Summer holidays. It’s fantastic to see so many brilliant teachers from Ireland (some teaching here and others teaching abroad). I don’t have all the answers, my blog/social media accounts are not perfect but I’ve had my blog and social media accounts for 4 and a half years now and I just thought it would be useful to put together a blogpost with some tips that might help teachers running ‘teacher blogs/social media accounts!’
Try to post at least two times per week as this keeps your page/blog relevant and up to date.
Post different elements of your classroom, displays, games/activities, resources etc. Post the things you’re most interested and passionate about.
Reposting/Sharing other teachers ideas/resources
If you like an idea from another teacher and you screenshot it – make sure you screenshot the name of the account too and tag them if you repost on your feed – if you use the idea and change it a bit to suit your class then there’s not always a need to share where you got the idea from however its no harm to put inspired by ….
Photos of children
Unless you have written permission from parents (they need to be fully aware that their child’s photo will be on your blog and social media accounts etc.) – there should be NO pictures of children on your social media accounts or blog.
Personally, I feel a teaching account should be primarily teaching based. I follow teaching accounts for inspiration/ideas and I have a personal account for following lifestyle bloggers etc. Of course I share the occasional personal post (e.g. getting engaged/ holidays/ pretty scenery/ walks/ days out etc.) but these are few in number. (Obviously this is just my personal opinion and you’re free to share whatever you want but having spoken to friends, colleagues and followers – I’ve found that most people prefer teaching accounts to be teaching related only.)
Personally, I’m a very shy and private person. I never expected the blog to grow to over 20,000 followers on Facebook and 10,000 on Instagram. My friends and family know I run the blog as do many other people who I have met through school or the blog and I find it lovely when a student/substitute teacher comes into my classroom and realises that I run ‘Irish Primary Teacher’ but I try as much as possible to keep my private life private. Obviously this is a personal choice but I think it is definitely something you need to consider at the beginning of setting up your blog/social media accounts.
Trolls and Negativity
There will always be someone who disagrees with you – and this is fine. But you will occasionally encounter a negative and nasty nincompoop and sometimes they can be harder to deal with. My personal policy is to simply block and delete as I don’t have the time to be wasting arguing with someone on the internet. (This is much easier said than done!)
There are a couple of websites such as Mash/Teachers Pay Teachers where you can share your resources for free or you can sell resources too. You can also sell them directly through your own There are some costs involved with this which you can read about here. I think its important to remember a few key things when creating resources particularly around copyright etc.
If you are sharing resources (free/paid) you must use royalty free clipart or pay for clipart from websites like Teachers Pay Teachers.
You can’t sell something that you didn’t create yourself. For example song lyrics/poetry (unless you are the author).
We all make mistakes – but it is really important to make sure that what you share/ sell is of high quality and make sure to read back over your resources. If you do make a mistake and it is pointed out to you – rectify it asap and resend the file to anyone who bought it.
Most clipart that is downloadable for use in resources needs to be secured in a PDF document.