Late to the Party

I don’t know what took me so long, but all of the stars finally aligned last week to show me the way of documenting the learning journey of my students using Instagram.  For many years, photos of my students were featured on my class website…but it was so inclusive and isolated.

I noticed on my personal Instagram account that other educators were using Instagram to feature their student work and projects…and I figured, why not?  Why not!  I took to Instagram and though it was not as easy as I thought, I managed to find several classrooms to follow.  Discovering a couple of hashtags that connect educators together on Instagram was also a nice find (#teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram).

I had the account, the hashtags, and my students were already immune to my taking pictures of them…nothing was holding me back.

Time to move forward.

My students have been working feverishly on a variety of projects for our Feudal Europe Unit (#lifeinfeudaleurope).  I only have them for two more weeks before a new batch of 7th graders walk through my door.  So I’m trying to squeeze every last bit of their technical knowledge and creative prowess out of them.  I will be featuring their projects at #CUE15 and at the 7th Annual GATE Webinar Series for UCI Extension.  I tell you, I am just the facilitator of this journey…my students are the ones who are doing the labor.  And I’m documenting every minute!