Website review by Marianne Rogowski, Common Sense Education | Updated January 2020

Teachers Connect

Share resources and expertise on supportive, teacher-centric site

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Grades
Pre-K–12
Subjects & Skills
Communication & Collaboration, Character & SEL

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Pros: The inviting tone coupled with an easy-to-use interface provides educators a forum for connecting on a variety of topics.

Cons: Many posts have little or no interaction, so there’s no guarantee other teachers will respond to your questions or comments.

Bottom Line: An open forum for teachers to connect with fellow educators and to give and receive advice and inspiration.

Teachers Connect is a platform where users can pose questions and answers to a community of supportive educators. If you're having a classroom management problem or if you need a fresh instructional resource, ask the community. Most of the questions that are posted generate legitimate responses that are going to help teachers improve. There are questions about everything from beginning teachers' classroom management to long-term career path advice. There are also lots of opportunities to view and share resources and ideas with both public and private community members.

If you want to make the most of Teachers Connect, be sure to create your profile with as much detail as possible, and in accordance with student privacy laws, remember never to share names or post pictures of your students. If you have a question and are hesitant to make it public, use the search feature to browse topics that others have already discussed. Whether you're searching for lesson ideas, professional discourse, or just emotional support, there are plenty of like-minded professionals willing to engage and help each other out.

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Teachers Connect is a social and professional learning network (PLN) created for all educators, from pre-service teachers to veterans. After building their profile, teachers will land on the home page, where trending and popular topics live. Teachers can browse conversations, ask questions, post comments, or share resources with a broad or specific audience. Topics include just about anything one can think of, from beginning teachers and assessment to self-care and social media. Teachers can interact publicly by responding to posts or privately by connecting with specific members through direct messages. Note that responses to questions are public; while this might deter trolling and bullying, it also might make some teachers hesitant to post replies. That said, the tone of conversations is overall respectful and helpful, though responses can be sparse on certain topics.

On Teachers Connect, educators who aim to be lifelong learners will find kindred spirits who want to positively impact student learning. Beginning teachers will find a place to share their frustrations and successes in a largely judgment-free zone and hear others express encouragement and solidarity. Veteran teachers will find a growing community where they can find new resources and share their knowledge and expertise with others. No matter where teachers are in their teaching career, it's worth taking a look at the site: All educators can benefit from the experience and expertise of others in the field. However, since many posts on Teachers Connect had little to no interaction, the community may not be strong enough yet to support all teachers' needs.  

It's well-documented that teachers who receive sufficient support and high-quality resources are more likely to experience success. Unfortunately, many teachers may find their schools lack the support structure they need in order to become truly effective educators. Having a go-to site for advice and inspiration can make the difference between leaving and staying in a profession that many know, but few truly understand. 

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Engagement

Navigating and contributing to the site is simple, but engagement will largely depend on whether teachers interact with each other on topics and in communities of interest to them.

Pedagogy

Aims to give teachers just-in-time support, resources, and professional development from a community of diverse educators. 

Support

There's limited guidance in getting started, but the user interface is pretty intuitive. Plus, since it's built around a community, teachers should have no problem getting help for all sorts of concerns.


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Marianne Rogowski Media specialist/librarian

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