I LOVE it when my students come in to talk to me about their work and grades in my class but I really love it when I know they are coming and I know what they want to visit about. Since I teach primarily upper grade classes I post “office hours” on my door because I know that will be a good transition into college for students.
In the past, I’ve just asked kids to tell me ahead of time that they are coming. But this year I have set up a “You Book Me” link on my website. It integrates with my school district Google calendar and was pretty simple to set up. When an appointment is scheduled students will even be asked to tell me what we are meeting about, so I can be prepared to give feedback on writing, clarification on an assignment, etc.
I set it up with a custom URL offered by youbook.me and then followed the directions. It integrates nicely but you don’t want kids trying to book appointments during other classes so it’s important to create “appointments” in your Google Calendar that will block out those times – I even made it so kids can’t book times during my conference period so I can make sure to get focused work done during that time.
You can customize the appointment lengths, start/end times (helpful for schools with odd bell schedules), color of your calendar, etc. If you are trying to set one up and hit a wall, ask me for help! It took a little finagling for me to get it just right and that may be the case for you, too.
The image on my website takes students to the booking calendar
My booking calendar has grayed out times for when I am in class, so students can only choose before school, after school, and lunch
blocked out time in my Google Calendar
I created two blocks of classes and then made them repeat on weekdays
This is what the hashtag looks like when I follow it in TweetDeck
I am SO looking forward to year two of using Twitter in AP Lang class.
This year we plan to tailor the question stems more toward the essay focus for the quarter, so students will briefly argue, synthesize, and analyze the articles we post on Twitter for them to consume.
My concern was that all too often students did not read what was posted but, instead, read and paraphrased the tweets sent by their classmates. For the most part, the students who I suspect did this the most often also scored lower overall on the AP exam. I am sad about this but I don’t have a good idea for how to combat it. I think I need to stress this year what the skills are that they are practicing and be more specific as to how their tweets help them on the exam. I don’t think this ongoing assignment made a wrong turn into “busy work” but I was not as explicit and transparent about what it did for them.
In terms of grading, I always got behind. This year I have the hashtag loaded into TweetDeck so I can do a better job of finding the tweets and assessing them in a timely manner.
Anyone else using Twitter with students and have tips to share?
I’ve noticed over the last few years that my colleagues have questions about technology integration that can’t be answered well in a few minutes at the copy machine. Or they take a class but it doesn’t really address their pressing needs for how to effectively use tech with students for improved engagement, workflow, grading, creation, etc.
I’m here to help! I created a short page that lists a lot of the basic needs educators seem to have, along with a contact form. Though this was designed to help people locally, I can also tutor over Skype or create short videos that can be watched at your convenience. Best of all, the tutoring session includes email follow-up and support.
This is a HUGE timesaver because you can personalized service so you can be more efficient with your time once you get started with your project.
Check it out! http://wp.me/P1PDYt-7X
https://www.credential.net/embed/u4er4aksI just finished this short certification from Flipped Learning Global. Though I have been leading professional development workshops on flipped and blended learning for a long time now, the certification training gave me some ideas for how to improve those workshop sessions, especially since in the early fall I will be adapting the workshop to a one-credit class format. Check it out! http://flglobal.org/trainercertification/