As a student I know exactly what the student body as a whole wants to see out of social media. Educators we want something innovative. We want something that’s easy and informative. Although an email may be easy and informative on your side…. we check social media first. Make a twitter page for our classes! Social media is on the rise.. notice it. Make a Facebook page for our classes! This won’t only benefit us.. it will benefit our parents as well. They want to know what’s going on. Parents are also checking social media FIRST. Go after what we are checking first. Go after what we are on on the daily as I like to say.
I recently gave a presentation at an education conference and focused on three keys to social media that students, staff members, parents, and community members want to see. They were inform, share, and grow. I had examples from each of these keys with the integration of Twitter. Let’s focus on them in this post but specifically under a student/parent expectation type of outline. What are we expecting from you (the educator) on social media?
1. Let us know about the upcoming and current week of school. What are we doing? Any activities?
2. Post homework assignments daily… Avoid us asking “I forgot what the homework was”
3. Post upcoming quiz dates and study resources if there are any
SHARE WITH US:
1. Share influential classroom ideas with us on social media. Get our opinion on them! We have ideas to improve in the classroom and other educators do as well on social media. We want to share them with you and see if they could work for us!
2. Share positive things that we’ve done for the school or community in class on social media
3. Tell parents about access to our social media pages. SHARE information with them as well not just the students. This helps with communication!
GROW WITH US:
1. Share hilarious classroom humor with us! We want to see your funny side not just the serious educator in YOU. This is growing our student/teacher relationship (it doesn’t have to be awkward)!
2. Connect with educators and get ideas from them. Share YOUR ideas. Bring them back into the classroom. If this done we will grow as a classroom! This also helps with student engagement if students like the ideas!
3. Talk to other students from other districts! See what great things they are doing at their schools. We can share these ideas in our buildings!
Students are expecting a lot out of a new year as always. Orientation is the first time many students will get to see if they are going to get what they wanted or not. This is what most students want [to see]….
- an inviting atmosphere
- supporting teachers and staff
- ability to make new friends easily
Even though this is only a list of three, some of these are hard to accomplish within a school system. Let’s break them down.
We will begin with point one, an inviting atmosphere. After summer break, most people that are working orientations aren’t awake or lively. If you aren’t awake or lively, how can someone experience an inviting atmosphere? New students or returning students are frightened by those who are awake and lively. They feel as if they aren’t welcomed. This is not how the year should start. The school system needs to push for positive, energetic, inviting, and lively people to be working their orientations. The students should be welcoming to anyone who walked in the doors !! “Two faced” students should not be working orientations. These are students who are respectful to the teachers but rude to the students. This could be students they’ve never met or known for a long time. To make an inviting atmosphere you cannot be two faced students!!! Teachers watch for this!! If a student is touring another student and blabbing about how terrible they think the school is…the student will not feel welcomed.
Not only do students have to be welcoming and inviting, but teachers as well (point two) !! Teachers I know this is a hectic time of year for you but take time to know your students even if they aren’t in your class. If you are working something such as freshman orientation, get to know the freshman class. This is the first time they’ve been in a building this size!! They are scared! Be the students support system at all times. They need to know that they can lean on you when needed. Other staff/faculty members should also be doing this. If you aren’t going to be kind to the students that walk in for maybe the first time during orientations, don’t sign up to work them. This is a make it or break it for many.
New/Returning students also want to be able to make friends easily (especially freshman and new students) (point three). Students working orientation with organizations such as student senate should have mandatory training on building friendships with those they meet while working. Students working should have an intense passion for the school that rubs off of the students they are touring/helping. If not, they shouldn’t be working orientations. The
If these points are followed, students will be confident in their upcoming year of highschool!!