Creating your first Teacher Post may seem intimidating but we are here to help! Check out our infographic or read on below.
1. Introduce Yourself
Introducing yourself to the class can be an easy way to break that first-post bubble.
Wrap-up your introduction with a reflection prompt for students to respond to, for example “Share one thing most people don’t know about you.”
2. Icebreaker Question
There is no better way to engage your students on Spaces than by asking a thought-provoking question.
We’ve included 8 ideas for questions that are fun for any age (note: you can also find dozens of recommendations online that are grade or subject-specific):
If you could only eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what food would you choose?
If you could meet any historic figure, living or deceased, who would you choose and why?
If you could have any animal as a pet, and that animal would not hurt you, what animal would you choose?
What is something you’re hoping to learn more about this year?
If you could teleport anywhere in the world for one weekend, where would you go? What would you do there?
Who do you believe is the most underrated superhero or Disney character?
What is your favorite season and why?
What book character would you most like to be and why?
3. Share a Class Update
Bring your class announcements to the small screen by sharing a class update.
4. Set your Student Expectations
Create a text entry detailing your expectations for your students and prompt students to share one expectation for you as their teacher/mentor.
5. Create a Scavenger Hunt Challenge
A subject-specific scavenger hunt challenge can be a great way to get your class thinking about the creative ways they can use Spaces.
In Ms. Andrews’ history class, she instructs students to capture “history in my neighborhood” encouraging students to choose an object or place and tell the story behind it.
Additional Tips: Weekly Learning Reflections
One way teachers may like to use Spaces is to help students create regular journal reflections by writing text or recording audio or video.
You can provide journal prompts to get students thinking about their topic for the week, such as:
What is one thing I found interesting this week?
What am I struggling with this week?
What am I most excited about learning in this class/unit?
What am I proud of accomplishing this week?
When creating posts for your students, always remember:
Authenticity makes the best content, don’t worry about being perfect
You can delete or edit your posts even after they’ve gone live
You can comment to add additional text or media to the post at any time
Note: you can save your posts as drafts until you are ready to post, check out our article How can I save a post as a draft? to learn more.
Not sure how to create your first post, we have you covered! Take a look at our article, 'How do I create a post?'.
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