Monday, July 16, 2018

Using Instagram to Hook Your Students.

How can you use Instagram to build anticipation?  How about using the platform to hook students.  It can lead to kids running TO your classroom.

A team of teachers I previously worked with used Instagram in this way very effectively.  The lesson and activities were pretty engaging, but what took it to the next level was the anticipation they built with their students using Instagram.  You can see a photo below of how they hooked their students.  The teachers posted this on Instagram the day before the lesson.

Did you look at the comment section?  The first comment was from a current student who was curious about the activity.  The next two comments were from former students.  Not only are they still connected to those teachers, but they are helping to build excitement by their comments.

It was always fun to be in the halls on a day like this because kids were hustling TO class.  No one was late.  The kids were the ones bugging the teachers by saying "Let's go, let's go."

Ryan is the Director of Special Education in the West Muskingum Local School District and principal of West Muskingum Elementary School in Zanesville, Ohio.  He is also the co-author of the book Your School Rocks...So Tell People!

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