Aaaahhhh, the beginning of a new school year. The teachers are excited the students are frantic, there’s a wonderful buzz in the air. More than likely, you don’t know the students that well yet, the students don’t know you, and the first few days are spent getting to know each other, learning the class rules, and establishing a positive learning environment.
So long as you’re getting to know your students during class, why not do something a little different and get to know them outside of class as well? Assuming your students are in upper elementary, middle or secondary school, they probably have at least one profile on MySpace, Facebook or Xanga. SO, why not kick off the year by asking if any student wants to share a little bit about themselves by showing their profile up on the projector?
Shouldn’t their profile reflect who they are? And since this IS a public page most likely, shouldn’t they be able to share it publicly? Be a great way to emphasize safe, responsible and appropriate social networking!
Hey, you’ve looked up your students, right? They know you’ve looked them up, right? So break the ice this year and talk about it!