Library media specialist, Missy King, and the English department at Discovery Middle School in Madison, Alabama recreate a 1920's-style speakeasy to make the learning as real as possible for these students.
There are few things on the internet that inspire me and fire me up more to keep fighting the “what matters most fight” in the world of public education than Seth Godin’s blog. Yesterday I was attempting to prepare myself to say goodbye to a group of teacher leaders and inspirational human beings that have been on the front lines of innovation in education with me and when I came across Seth’s blog post for the day I realized it might have been written specifically for me, or rather for us, to get through this difficult farewell and bring it all back to why we are doing this in the first place. For the past year and a half I’ve been working with 9 small school teams comprising into 1 large district team of roughly 100 teacher leaders, instructional partners, and media specialists known as the Technology Innovation Experience, or TIE. Last August I came bursting into Enterprise, AL with a dream, a passion, a very loud voice, and the leadership support to create (and hopefully sustain)…
I first created a teacher Instagram account when I had the idea to have students respond to an image with creative hashtags. As students began to follow me, I realized that I could be using this outlet for so much more than one or two brief activities. These are a few ways that I have used Instagram in the past, both inside and outside the classroom to engage my students and foster deeper relationships.
1. Student Shout-Outs
We all teach students who are involved in something outside of academics, and although it is impossible to make it to every event, I bring my phone with me to the events that I am able to attend and make sure to post a picture of the student I came to see. Oftentimes their classmates will "like" the post and even write encouraging comments. My students appreciate these "shout-outs" and it is an easy way to show students that we care about them.
2. Parent Involvement
I encourage parents to request to follow my teacher Instagram account in order…