Remind (www.remind.com) is a free, easy way to communicate with students and parents without providing any identifying information such as phone numbers or emails. After you sign up through the website there is a code that is generated for each of your classes. You can easily create a pdf handout (through the website) for parents/students with the code that explains what Remind is and how they can sign up. Remind is usable through email, phones, or tablets, and there is also an app.
Two Ways to Send Messages
1. Announcements- An announcement goes out to the students/parents (whoever has signed up for Remind). They can respond to the announcement, but this response will not be shared with the rest of the class.
2. Chats- A Chat is best for a small group of students because when/if they respond to you they will all see each other's responses. I have found that this is motivating for students, but it can also be overwhelming to get so many responses.
How I'm Using Remind
I use Remind for vocabulary reinforcement over breaks. So far I have used it over our week long Thanksgiving Break, and our three week long winter break. Not only does it create an opportunity for review, but it creates a stronger classroom community. I highly recommend it!
Questions for One Period
Below are the questions that I used for one week with one of my classes:
Monday- What prefix do I need to add to “responsible” to mean “not responsible”?
Tuesday- What prefix do I need to add to “logical” to mean “not logical”?
Wednesday- What suffix do I need to add to “harm” to mean “without harm”?
Ms. Young is a teacher who wants to keep a record of what works!