When it comes to collaboration and communication, it is essential for those to be present in a classroom. Often times, teachers will find that they struggle getting some of their students to talk during class. This could be because the student is shy, he/she is afraid of being judged by his/her peers, or because they simply aren’t paying attention because the class isn’t engaging them enough. If your student isn’t engaged enough or is afraid of judgement, a good tech tool to use is Today’s Meet. Today’s Meet is an online website where you can host different “chat rooms” and post different questions for your students to answer during class, or simply to have available to your students if they have questions at any time but are afraid to speak up in front of others. The nice thing about Today’s Meet is if you have a student who is afraid of being judged or being embarrassed by asking a “stupid” question (which no question is a stupid question), they can sign in using a pseudonym or alias so that nobody else knows who they actually are. I believe this tool is important because I feel that every student has the right to learn and to ask questions if he/she needs clarification. This is a good form of communication because you will have the website pulled up on the overhead screen and it will automatically update when a new message has been sent to the “chat”. It is also helpful because each day/week, you can bring up the same chat room where you were in the last class, and pick up right where you left off and see if there were any unanswered questions left to address. For a tutorial on how to use Today’s Meet, click on the link below to watch a tutorial video.
So this post is being written by a guest blogger who happens to be my boss at work on campus, but also one of my best friends and my second mother. We work in the Humanities Department on campus see helicopter parents a lot. Helicopter parenting is something that is more and more common today, and she’s here to talk about her personal experiences with the subject!