I was determined to find a way to get more students to read my messages, so I started to mix things up a bit. I also wanted to trick them into letting the Spanish language into their after school lives beyond just homework assignments. So, I bring you 5 creative ways to use Remind:
1. Offer a reward of some kind (treat, reward coupon, free homework pass, extra credit, etc.) to the first student from each class to chat you with a specific phrase in Spanish. Usually I use one that relates to what we have been doing in class. For example, the first student to chat me with the sentence "there are snow showers" gets a treat. (It is snowing in Cleveland tonight)
2. Catch something on TV that relates to culture and ask students to tune to a specific channel and answer a question. I was watching TV the other night and I noticed that Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown was on and they were in Paraguay. I asked kids to chat me with one thing they learned from the episode.
3. You can actually attach files to Remind texts. I like to send pictures of Spanish comics and memes and have students prepare to explain why it's funny the next day at the beginning of class.
4. Send a message that uses some common texting abbreviations in Spanish and have kids try and figure out what you are saying.
5. This one I recommend only for classes that have a BIG problem turning in homework or in a class where you are having trouble getting students to get off their butts and sign up for Remind. I will send out a text that says they can show me the text on their phone in class the next day to get full credit for their homework assignment. You should see the looks on the faces of the kids that didn't sign up - "That's not fair!". Well, actually it is...as long as each student had a chance to earn the points, which they did, they just earned them in different ways!
One last thought with Remind! Don't forget to invite parents to join your Remind when you see them at open house, conferences, or as you deal with day to day parent e-mails.