Chapter 10 poses some heavy topics for us to chew on. Most of it probably came as no surprise, but Elmore packaged it very neatly in a call to action format for us as educators. One of the most profound statements he made in the chapter was this:
"...too many emerging adults have not been led well. We, the adult population, did not know how to guide them in a world filled with social media." - p. 193
Would you agree with this? As we are marching into unknown territory, lets not be blind to the role social media might play in the issues we see our students struggle with. We have been handed bits and pieces of information about this, probably from counselors and professional developments. But have you ever tried to make your own game plan to combat this issue specifically? Perhaps its time to draw yourself a map.
First, reflect on the facts and examples presented in this chapter. Determine your own emotions, reactions and opinions on social media. Take some time to really understand what you have seen and experienced on this issue.
Then, organize your "game plan" for leading your students through the world of social media. Be sure to record:
a) your personal thoughts about society's use of social media
b) your personal observations of its effects on your students
c) how you plan to use and/or address it in your classroom
If this is truly having such a profound impact on the students you see daily, now is the time to stake your claim on how you want to use social media/the internet for good and coach your students to do the same. Sometimes we don't give ourselves time to really determine our stance - like Aaron Tippin sings, "you've got to stand for something, or you'll fall for anything." You can organize your thoughts into a document, draw them out in a "map," or post an outline in the comments below.
Some guiding questions to assist you as you dissect your own thoughts:
- What symptoms have you observed when students use social media?
- What could you do to convince them to use social media in moderation?
- What are you doing to leverage social media for constructive purposes?
- How can we balance our students' time on social media with face-to-face interactions?
- How can we ensure they become emotionally healthy adults?
- How can you communicate the difference between relative and timeless morals to your students?
- How can we capitalize on the positives of social media?
- What technologies are you using to enhance student engagement in the classroom?
NOTE: you do NOT have to answer all of these, they are just here to spark thoughts
Finally, on p. 192 Elmore mentions the "ABCs of Guiding Students in Social Media" in the Travel Guide. If you don't have a copy of the Travel Guide, I have attached a PDF of this information to this post!