Speaker Encourages R-I Faculty, Staff To Share Stories, Pride In Education
By Ethan Colbert
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram are all social media platforms that are frequently used by millions of Americans to document the everyday moments.
On Monday morning, Beth McCune Whitaker, the featured speaker at this year’s Board of Education-sponsored Welcome Back-To-School Breakfast, encouraged the local school district’s faculty to view them as tools educators can use to tell their own stories of classroom successes.
“There are beautiful, magical, fabulous moments of learning happening in our classrooms,” Whitaker said in an interview after her presentation. “We need to let those stories be known.”
Whitaker said that by using social media platforms, educators can help combat negative perceptions about classroom instruction.
“We’ve all been in school, so we all have an idea of what happens in the classroom,” Whitaker said. “But, classrooms today are far different than what they were years ago.”
Using social media platforms can also help to engage parents and guardians in their childrens’ education.
“Instead of a child coming home and saying that their day was fine, parents can now see on Twitter or on Facebook that their child participated in a math lesson or that they were reading Old Yeller,” Whitaker said. “It helps improve the conversation between the parents and the students.”