Secret Teacher: social media makes it impossible to switch off from work

It’s silly o’clock on a Sunday morning and I’m still in bed when I hear my phone ping with a WhatsApp notification. I take a look and groan. A colleague is asking if I know how we teach subtraction according to our mental calculations policy. The Secret Teacher writes in The Guardian.

This is a regular occurrence – even at the weekend. Social media and messaging apps are a blessing and a curse for teachers. While it has broadened our horizons and inspired new ideas (thank you, Pinterest), it has also increased the intrusion of work into our personal lives. We are always contactable, and in many different ways.

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  1. wasateacher

    I am horrified by this. It is not a result of mobile phones, it is about poor, abusive management. This is an issue which needs to be raised at school level and a policy developed. If the head won’t cooperate, then it becomes a union issue. When I was working my head of department did ring me at home (before the age of mobiles) but I was always free to tell him I was busy. Policy was made after discussion – at the convenience of appropriate members of the department or at departmental meetings. I also did have a scheduled meeting with the Head of Department once a week before school (it was a split site so especially important to communicate). The point was that this arrangement made it easier for me – not for him.

  2. In bed, Sunday morning, with your ‘phone switched on….and I guess you tell all your pupils to have phones switched off, and out of the bedroom, at night. If teachers can’t manage to do this, it is extremely naive to think children can!

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