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Teachers can use Sit With Us as a platform to start conversations with teens about their school communities. Ask students whether others in their school use the tool and what the implications of such a connection might mean.
Teachers can challenge students to invite others to sit with them at their table during lunch and then reflect on their experience. Create a way to capture these experiences within the app or externally to show how being open and inclusive can be beneficial. Help students practice using social media tools such as Sit With Us appropriately by engaging families and community members to share their personal experiences both online and offline when trying to connect with other people.Continue reading Show less
Sit With Us is a social app designed to help teens find a seat at lunch. After registering with a Facebook account or an email address, students can either search for tables welcoming other people at lunchtime or invite others to sit with them as they eat. They can also apply to be "Ambassadors" who host open lunches from time to time by reading and agreeing to a pledge.
Teens fill out a profile, which often includes a picture of themselves and their interests, so they might know a little about whom they'll be dining with. Students can also use the app to chat with friends they make at the lunch, expanding their social circles. As teens join and host lunches, they earn points.
Teachers and administrators will love that Sit With Us encourages community-building and empathy on a simple and easy-to-use platform. Ideally, students would go beyond the app to engage in meaningful connections beyond the chat feature of the tool and to pay it forward.
It is also important to note that though some students may take advantage of the chat feature to engage in inappropriate comments, a well-designed initiative to create inclusiveness that utilizes Sit With Us as one component will maximize its learning potential.
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