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My Classroom Facebook Page- Update

In my last post I wrote about why I stated a classroom Facebook page as well as my first weeks results. 

I felt like it was time for an update…..

– Currently 11 of the kids have at least one family member on the page. Dads, Moms and a couple Grandparents. Several parents have mentioned they will join soon because their child always talks about it :)

– In the last month I have made close to 70 posts

– There have been right at 100 comments made by parents on those posts

– Each day I post at least 2 things from our day. With my iPhone these post can be done easily and quickly AS THINGS HAPPEN

– The kids look forward to hearing the comments parents make and it has become a great way to review our previous day and week

– The kids are starting to request certain things to be posted that they value and it is quickly becoming “their page”

 – I have found it a great way to send “homework” for relevant extension of our day. Favorite so far was having the family count syllables in “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Posted a link to the song and feedback was great!

– I am getting to know the parents better and feel more connected with them

-Getting important info to parents is easy and fast (even though this is my least concern page)

I will close with one of my favorite quotes thus far…

 “This is great because even when he is sick and absent we can be working on school work :)

 

9 Responses to My Classroom Facebook Page- Update

  1. Stacy K says:

    I am so glad that you are getting such positive feedback. I just wonder what the feedback will be next year when their kiddos have a teacher isn’t willing to risk what you are to make this powerful connection. I hope we can change some minds about this whole policy. It’s a great way to reach parents!

  2. Matthew Gomez says:

    @Stacy It is a concern even on my own team currently about me doing something so different. All I can do I share my results and hope that those in charge see the benefit or others are willing to join me.

  3. Laura says:

    Thanks for highlighting this method of communication! I’m inspired, but iPhone-less, and my district just blocked facebook for teachers too.

  4. Amanda Ducharme says:

    I am impressed! I’m going to broach this subject w my admin. The connectivity seems much more authentic. Love love love!

  5. Melissa says:

    How are you
    Going about the legalities? Did you send home a partcular paper stating peission to post pictures, videos, and such to social media? I would greatly appreciate any insight you have on this matter. We were just given permission from our district to have classroom Facebook pages next year.

    • Matt Gomez says:

      Yes, I had a permission slip that allowed me to post pictures of the students on our Facebook page. When I first started I only had permission from about half of the parents. Once they saw how I was using it all the other parents joined in the first month. I suggest discussing how and why you will use Facebook as part of the permission slip. Best of luck, it is a great tool!

  6. Brooke Beinhower says:

    I am really interested in starting a facebook page for my kinder kiddos. I have never made a facebook page before- are there any security settings I should be aware of? Do I need to link it to my personal page?

  7. Lynn says:

    What about the fact that kids under the age of 13 aren’t legally supposed to be on FB? I have steered away from creating a class FB page due to all of my students are under 13. I would love to do this though, if my school allows and I’m not breaking in legalities.

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