Lesson Plan

Digital Citizenship: Helping Kids Communicate with Teachers

Strategies for communicating with a teacher using online tools
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, English Language Learning, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, Health & Wellness

Students will be able to communicate with teachers using online tools.  Students will be able to write with a specific audience in mind.

English Language Arts
Grades 6 - 12
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1 Thinking About Audience

Today we are going to take a look at a fantastic tool for teachers and students called Remind.  Remind lets teachers send messages to students via text message, and students chat with teachers to ask questions or communicate about class projects and assignments.  When using Remind teachers have students and parents and their audience, and students like you have teachers as their audience.

Ask students to think about the way they talk to different people in their lives.  Have them make a list of the different types of people they might have a conversation with.  This could include friends, siblings, parents, grandparents, a store clerk, the principal, and their teachers.  You might have students jot down this list on an interactive whiteboard app like ShowMe or digital notebook like Evernote.

In pairs, have students take on different roles and practice having a conversation. 

2 Identifying a Teacher Audience

Tell students that today we are going to think about how students should correspond with teachers when writing messages. You may want to show them this YouTube video to get them thinking about this type of exchange: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGIe4WA13aw

Show students a sample exchange between a teacher and a student.  You may want to create something that relates to your coursework or discusses a project or topic that has meaning for your students.  Talk to students about things that you notice the student did well.  Ask your class to come up with a list of best practices for corresponding with their teacher.  This might include: writing in complete sentences, using an appropriate tone, staying on topic, avoiding text talk like LOL or JK. They can make a graphic organizer to show off best practices using Popplet or record their voice into the camera of their device.

3 Writing Prompt Practice

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Ask students to take a few minutes to write a practice email to their teacher.  Your prompt might be something like, “Write an email to your teacher that asks them to schedule an afterschool help session.” This should be something that is realistic and connected to your class.  Students might choose to compose their sample email in Google Docs to or a notetaking app.

After students have completed writing have them share with a partner for feedback.


4 Remind Chat

Introduce Remind Chat to your students.  Explain how the strategies they have learned about today connect to this two-way communication tool for students and teachers.