Do I have an online identity?

I must have one! Not sure if this is a rhetorical question or not? I do have an identity. And a pretty strong sense of my own identity. But I now need to discover my “online” identity. Are the two different? May be. Possibly.

I know I have a teacher identity, a mother identity, a wife identity, and now an online one to consider. Are they different if so then how? If you are expecting any answers to the many questions I have already posed, no answers are on the way. I am still searching.

I love social media, but I am not addicted. It is avenue for me to learn, which is a bit different from the “social” part of it. I am very selective when following a page or accepting a friend request. At the back of my mind is the fact that ALL my students (both past & present) can see/read/share what I post online.

Does this mean that even on social media, I adhere most to the teacher persona in me? Probably. I love webinars. I can claim that they have become somewhat of an addiction, especially these days. I can also claim that I have been attending webinars for at least ten years, even before they became a trend. I attended them at a time when some people in the TESOL field did not even know what the term refers to. I attend both the paid and free ones in my quest to learn and refine my teaching. Over the years, I have become very selective and can predict whether the session would be useful or not. Having said that, I registered for a webinar last night. Too late for us (Cairo time), but I persevered. Finally, it started. Twenty minutes later the presenter thanked us (the 25 attendees 👀) and left!

My online intuition failed me … no worries I will continue to seek knowledge in other webinars.

4 thoughts on “Do I have an online identity?

  1. You’re a pioneer in terms of focusing on your professional development… and I agree with that instinct re webinars… but sometimes it goes wrong and that’s disappointing!

    1. Thank you dearest. Your lovely words of encouragement coming from you mean a great deal to me. Actually, now that my memory serves me, I blogged for the first time ever with the British Council in 2010 on their Teaching English website. At the time, blogging was a true novelty. I was asked to be their May Blogger of the month with a stipulation that I have to publish five articles in those 30 days. Pressure!!!

  2. Hello Rania 🙂 I agree… I do think about the fact that students can see anything posted online! I think this relates to the offline boundaries we try to set as teachers between our personal and professional lives. In general I am a private person, but as I’ve become more comfortable as a teacher I’ve tried to open up a bit more with my students. Even though it is not always comfortable for me, it has helped in building rapport and I can see the positive effect that has on many students in terms of motivation. So I continue to try! Maybe building an online presence can be a part of this…

    1. Thanks Alyssa. I totally agree that as long as we are convinced we ought to try to move a bit out of our comfort zone. And, I believe this is the optimal platform to venture out.

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