Facebook Groups for elementary teachers are becoming more popular and it is easy to see why. First, it uses a platform many of us visit on a daily basis. Second, it allows us to connect with other teachers who are “still in the trenches.” Finally, it is very responsive. Have a question or dilemma? Ask your Facebook group for suggestions and get a response that you can put in place right away.
3 Facebook Groups for Elementary Teachers
So now that you are interested in joining a Facebook group for elementary teachers, which ones should you consider? A quick search on Facebook will give you many options, but it is hard to know if the culture of a group will be a good fit for you. Here are my 3 favorite Facebook groups, and why I find them so helpful.
1. Notice and Note for Educators
If you teach reading, this is a group you will want to put at the top of your list. Notice and Note is an instructional strategy that teaches kids how to analyze both fiction and nonfiction texts. By joining Notice and Note for Educators, you get the collective encouragement from teachers just like you who want to develop their students into thoughtful readers.
2. Upper Elementary Educators Squared
Created by Teachers Pay Teachers top sellers, Ashleigh and Jennifer Findley, Upper Elementary Educators Squared is for teachers in grades 3, 4, and 5. This is a very open-ended group. Need suggestions on the best app for communicating with families? Ask the group. What about how to handle a negative parent? This group can help. It’s like a digital mentor for teachers!
3. Teachers Using Classroom
Going digital? Get ideas from Teachers Using Google Classroom. This group is a great way to help busy teachers keep informed about how best to use Google in a classroom setting. You can also get a lot of inspiration from the other teachers in the group on how to best use digital resources with your students.
Some of these Facebook groups for elementary teachers are closed groups. You have to request access to join by answering a few, simple questions. Others are open to the public. Choose according to what makes you feel most comfortable. Be sure to read the About section of each group so you are familiar with their discussion guidelines.
Social Media PD
I personally have found these groups to be incredibly useful in a way that traditional professional development just can’t beat. I have often dreamed of a PD day at my school where teachers could break out into different rooms and just get on the Internet to search and learn about great ideas. One room for Pinterest, one room for YouTube, and one room for each of the awesome Facebook groups for teachers!
Bonus: Mystery Science Insiders
If you use Mystery Science, you can request to join the Mystery Science Insiders group. I find this group very helpful, especially if a science project did not turn out quite as planned. Even better, you can communicate directly with the team at Mystery Science for advice. Not familiar with Mystery Science? Check out this post about how you can get a FREE weekly resource sent to your inbox that students will love.
Give one of these Facebook groups for elementary teachers a try, or if you have your own group that helps you, please share in the comments!