7 Tips for Using Social Media for Professional Development

If you vowed to beef up your Professional Learning Network via social media, you’re not alone.

However, for the uninitiated, social media can be a daunting proposition. With that conundrum in mind, today’s centerpiece article on TeachHUB.com addresses how to use social media as a means to expand your circles of professional development.

Penned by Jacqui Murray, who is  a seasoned tech teacher based on the West Coast, the article points out seven specific tips educators can use when employing social media, including:

  • Don't Mix Personal and Professional
  • Keep It Short
  • Always Answer Visitors
  • And More!

Jacqui sums up her article like this: “One final warning: Don't feel like you have to do all six of these at once. Pick one that resonates with you. Take your time to implement it. When it's running smoothly, move on to the next. Let me know how it's going.”

What tips would you add for improving your professional development via social media?

Top 5 Items Every Teacher Should Have in Their Professional Portfolio

A professional portfolio is a must-have for anyone trying to get a teaching job. Indeed, the items and artifacts you place in your professional portfolio are a great way to show off your accomplishments and experiences in a neat, professional way.

Recently, writer Janelle Cox listed out the five essential items all teachers need to have in their professional portfolios. These items include:

  Teaching Philosophy
  Letters of Recommendation
  And More!

Janelle summarizes her article thusly: “As you gain experience and knowledge as a teacher, you should review your portfolio to add and take away materials. This valuable tool just may be the best way to get a teaching job or advance your career.”

What do you have in your teacher portfolio that can help others get a teaching job?