I was surprised how much I texted. I’m kind of embarrassed, actually. It was a lot. Yeah, it was a lot of texting.
I always bring myself into it. I always do the task that I’m asking the students to do, and I always do it with them. I like to bring in the personal side. When I was doing a lesson on how much media I use, I used the example that I talked to my sister for an hour.
Take a look, and I’ll just show you mine. It’s kinda hard to see, but for me, the one that shocked me was the phone, the use of cell phone, talking. I talk to my sister. My sister can talk. Basically, I call her, she talks at me for an hour, so that’s all input for me.
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My students know everything there is to know about my sister. They know she’s going to college, they know where she’s going, and they love it. They love hearing about her, and it makes them feel like they’re part of this community. I’m sharing myself with them, and then they feel safer to share with me. I try to weave those things in as much as possible.