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Catherine Montague, @MontagueCathy
High School Special Education Teacher, Clarkstown Senior High School South, New York
1:1 devices, Bring your own devices (BYOD), Blended learning classroom, and Special education students

My students struggle with organizational skills, and were frequently forgetting assignments. Their parents were concerned, as well, so I wanted to find a way that they could be kept up-to-date on approaching exams and deadlines.

I also used Remind as a club adviser. I find that it is a great tool to keep the club members up-to-date on meetings and events.

Product Use: I use Remind to post upcoming dates for exams and large assignments. The students receive the text messages on their phones, and I send them a couple of times in order to keep the deadlines top-of-mind. The parents are also invited to be a part of the "class." I also attach documents when necessary (for example, review sheets, etc.)

As a club adviser, I use Remind to stay in touch with the students who are involved in the club. This was especially helpful when I was advising the drama club. I was able to post any changes to rehearsal times, as well as attach lists of what was required for costumes.

What Worked and What Didn't: I found this to be an invaluable tool. It did work, because most of the students would comment that they "received my text" or that their parent "received the text." They weren't always happy that a parent received the text, but I do find that it is helpful to have the parent involved in the lower secondary grades (9th and 10th.) Then, once they are a little older, they can take more ownership. I did find that the older students were better able to handle the setting where they could respond back to me. Their questions seemed to be much more detailed, rather than a younger student who might just comment that they did not know what to do.

Age Group: High school students

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