Your tweet is on the big screen!

In our last class, we discussed educators’ behaviours in public spaces and online relationships with the STF President Patrick Maze. I know some people may think the policies around online sharing, for educators, are too restricted, but I believe that the protection of the prestige of the profession must come first. I really enjoyed learning more about the teachers’ code of professional practice in Saskatchewan.

On the following day, I got this message from a friend:









This was my first reaction:

I was experiencing, first-hand, what could be the start of a nightmare if my post wasn’t appropriate. However, this is the post that was shared on the big screen:

And it was a response to the U of R president’s tweet:

I took a breath of relief.

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I don’t post much online, and I believe my tweets and posts are okay. Patrick Maze’s talk increased my awareness on the repercussion of my online presence. I am sure I am going to become even more cautious especially with my likes and retweets since it takes less than a second to click on the “heart” without too much consideration.

I got the book, by the way ;)



8 thoughts on “Your tweet is on the big screen!

  1. I think being cautious is certainly a responsibility we have as educators and those who are present in the education setting. Something I think we need to keep in mind is that within our being cautious, we also need to be aware of how powerful our voice and thoughts can be for our students and their families. That balance is certainly key!


  2. Do you not think it is classified as a dictatorship when you begin telling people what to do in their private life? Seems to me there is something that needs to be clarified in this area. I do believe that the protection of the prestige of the profession must come first when you are working, and to a degree in your everyday life, just like everyone else should. However, your personal adult life may be different. Food for thought.


    1. Well said. I 100% agree with everything you just said and I sincerely will back anyone who brings statements like these forth in the hopes of modernizing the Code of Conduct for the STF and other Unions.

      I was impressed with the ease that the President of the STF admitted he took a screenshot of a tweet that could be potentially incriminating against another professional. What bothers me is that he did not say if he brought that to the attention of the director and had a discussion – as should be the case according to the STF’s own rules.

      Rather the screenshot was captured to place said director in a position of compromise. It is without a doubt in my mind that we need to re-evaluate how we handle and how we can self-police ourselves as educators in the modern digital age.


    2. Great point. I think the issue is who is interpreting our actions, as what is okay to one may be not be to another. It’s both good and bad to have such a vague code of ethics, as it makes us feel restricted and protected. I completely agree that we need to be role models, but where is the line? Should teachers not be allowed to do something, even completely legal that most find okay, because some disagree, such as having a drink?


      1. Also the code of ethics can make teachers feel nervous to stand up for what they feel is right because others may disagree? Can we be real advocates for change if we feel we need to be censored with what we say and do?


  3. Ha! I loved the use of the gifs and pictures in this post. Well done!

    You alluded to liking a tweet – and being careful to do so. This is something that Patrick said he did to “catch” a Director in the act over a tweet regarding a wardrobe malfunction at the Olympics. I’m conflicted where I stand with this – part of me does not like this and it makes me paranoid to share anything on social media.

    The other part of me agrees with Nina – my private life is my private life and as long as I do not harm anyone or myself, I really question the need for me to appease “dictators” within big unions like the STF.

    These are conversations we need to have amongst our profession and with our students. The STF code of conduct needs to be modernized.

    Thanks for a great post!


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