Teachers should act as guides when teaching students about the proper use of social media in their personal and academic lives, advises Matt Renwick, principal of Howe Elementary in Wisconsin. In this commentary, Renwick suggests the Optimal Learning Model adopted at his own school, in which teachers begin by modeling concepts for students. Under the approach, lessons begin slowly, with teachers and students sharing something they learned online that day, then performing interactive writing assignments and, finally, the students being given more freedom to learn independently.
Why teachers should act as social media guides
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