"Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection."
Know what makes teachers authentic? Being a human instead of a niche.
So many #teachersofinstagram accounts are niche. It's all teacher content all the time, especially in feeds.
Kids, significant others, chores, hobbies, self-care all get left out or just occasionally slipped into stories.
People make two accounts for reasons ranging from following advice to grow an audience to family privacy concerns. It all makes sense.
But, consider this:
When our feeds and stories only show us working, talking about work, and communicating with people we work alongside, we are not modeling balanced lives.
The younger teachers, future teachers, and parents with kids in school may begin to think that being a teacher means you are only a teacher.
I know. Even before Instagram was a thing, I had internalized this belief from other media. It took me way too long to figure out that I was wrong.
Know what makes a good teacher? Being a balanced. Same for any career or role, including being a mom.
I’m on maternity leave right now. My feed is full of mom stuff, because that’s what I’m currently obsessing on. When I go back to work, more teacher posts will be mixed in.
This is me. I’m trying my hardest to be authentic. I think you should, too.
Who are your favorite authentic Instagram accounts? Recommend them below.
Thank you for the inspiration @msduane and @middleschoolforever .
Quote: Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
PS Did you remember niche also means “a shallow recess”?
I'm a teacher, mama, and mentor. I created the You Before School e-course and more. I'm here to encourage and share self-efficacy skills for women.