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.