Teachers Are Sharing Why They’re Voting and It’s Giving Us Chills

What’s your reason? #teachersvote

Why Teachers Vote

With the midterm elections happening on November 6, educators across the country are turning to Instagram to share the many reasons why they plan to vote. Using the hashtags #imvoting and #teachersvote, hundreds of educators have shared their motivation for participating. 

And here’s a hint: the driving force for most educators is the desire to see better lives for their students, at home and at school. This will come as little surprise to anyone who’s spent time in a classroom—teaching inherently is political, due to the complex web of stakeholders, laws, and meeting student needs.

The #imvoting campaign was started by Instagrammers Becky and Greg (also known as “The Class Couple”), a husband-and-wife team who teach first grade and high school social studies, respectively. “This could be the most important midterm election in our lifetime,” says Becky in her kickoff post. “And we need our teacher voices to be heard.” Becky and Greg are offering the #imvoting sign as a free download here.

Will you share why you’re voting? Are you registered? Here’s where to check to be sure. And here are just a few of the powerful reasons educators have already shared online:

For human rights…

For the people who fought for my right to do so…

For my students…

Because I want to make the world a better place…

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A little late in the game but there is an election in November! Although it is too late to register in MO, it is never too late to share your voice! One of my hopes is that my students will find issues that are important to them and have the courage, intellect, and ethics to stand up for what they believe in. P.S. Teachers, if you are interested in this editable template, please message me! Also, love this fair trade shirt designed by @toocoolformiddleschool -one of my favorite teacher instagrammers who is such a positive presence on sm. I love her passion for social justice. I have certainly grown as a teacher and human being through following her. #ImVotingBecause #TeachersVote #BearsRising🐾💙🐻 #GoingBeyond #KidsDeserveIt #ISDstrong💪🏽

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For my ancestors…

Because I never have before…

Because my voice matters…

Because I don’t want to take this privilege for granted…

Because our students are watching…

Because I can…

We’d love to hear—what’s your take on the #imvoting campaign? Come and share in our WeAreTeachers HELPLINE group on Facebook.

Plus, other viral hashtags: #armmewith, #teachersget2, #myfirstclassroom.

Posted by Hannah Hudson

Hannah Hudson is the editorial director of WeAreTeachers. You can follow her on Twitter at @hannahthudson or on Facebook here. Email her at hannah@weareteachers.com.

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