What students lack in school is
an intellectual relationship or conversation
with the teacher.
One of my students just posted this observation on Facebook:
"Life's a Garden...Dig It!"
i like the idea of "Life's a Garden...Dig It!" can you expand on that thought? That's what an essay could be... it's an excellent title for an essay. You could find three stories (three examples) to show how digging leads to flowers and other treasures...
Facebook can be used as a way of interacting with students. Students appear to let their guard down when they are on Facebook, and yet a casual comment on Facebook can mark the kid for a year or more. Some of the observations that studnets make on FB can be turned into essay topics.
The students wrote back on Facebook: What you mean Find three stories, or come up an write three stories?
A typical essay has a statement and two or three examples to support the statement. You made the comment that Life is a garden. You could point out three ways that support your observation. Take the time to persuade people to accept this idea that life is a place where we grow things (or whatever you believe). Instead of just dropping a bumper sticker on facebook, take the time to develop this idea. it could turn into an essay. This is how to grow a strong brain.
Then I reinforced the point:
Dr. Daniel Amen points out how to stimulate blood flow to the brain. You can make a short journey into facebook and post a sentence (small blood flow). You can also spend ten or fifteen minutes writing an outline and then developing each idea that supports the main idea of life and gardens. (That effort builds the brain).
My hope is that I can use Facebook as a way to connect with a student outside the classroom to reinforce what happens in the classroom.
Many articles have been written about using discussion groups to support what happens in class. There are privacy issues and suggestions that a professor should not see what a student posts. However, it is only when the professor and student are "friends" that many of the comments appear on my wall. That's how I often find out what my students are thinking. If they post a link remarking about the value of a movie or song, then I have gotten a small glimpse at what is going on in their lives.
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