A Facebook Wall for my Classroom

The words "Facebook wall" have never been so literal...or actually maybe not, because our Facebook wall is actually a Facebook door...but still! I created a Facebook wall for my classroom. A lot of my students are working on social skills especially starting (and continuing conversations).
Facebook in the Classroom - status updates 

A few morning each week we start our day with updating our status (by sharing anything that's on your mind) or leaving a comment. This has also been a good activity for students who finish early.
Facebook in the Classroom - status updates and comments
With some students I focus on spelling or verb tense, other students I focus on them starting their sentences with capital letters and ending with punctuation, and even other students I just focus on the ability to get their thoughts out on paper, no matter how difficult it might be to read!
Social Special Education classroom experiences
The Facebook strips were simple to create. I just wrote each students name on two sentence strips, put the Facebook logo on it and got them laminated so that we could use them over and over again. (I thought about using individual pictures, but wanted to work on my student recognizing their classmates names as well.)

Oh! And posting my messy classroom last week motivated me enough to organize my back counter and bulletin boards. Tada! So much neater now: 
Thanks for stopping by on this lovely President's Day!  :)

8 comments :

  1. Awe, some of the messages on there are so cute! Especially the one about the birds :)

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  2. This is such a great idea!! I bet your kids love it, and what a cute classroom too :)

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  3. what an awesome idea to integrate today's technology in the classroom! thanks again for linking it up!

    also, i'm your newest follower! don't know how i wasn't following you before! :)

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  4. Cute, cute! I like the way you have them write directly on the strips. Since mine is made with a postermaker and hung in the hallway, I have my kids use the sentence strips which I cut to fit in width. I wish I could just let them use a dry erase marker but then busy fingers in the hallway would end up rubbing off the messages!

    Melissa @ Plug-n-Plan

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  5. i just wanted to let you know that this will be featured at this week's tip-toe thru tuesday party!! stop by and grab your featured button! i'd also love to have you link up again!

    andie @ crayonfreckles

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  6. I'm actually not a big fan of this idea. :( I think that you should be teaching your class to stray away from facebook and other social media sites and to concentrate more on getting back to good old fashioned communications - like pen pals and things like that...

    This is just my opinion. As an ex-facebook user, I couldn't be happier and more productive (in soooo many ways) since I deactivated my fb account.

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    1. Thanks for your opinion. My students have special needs, many of them with autism, and don't know how to carry on a conversation. They might be able to answer questions, but need heavy prompting in order to ask a related question or make a related comment. The facebook wall is a way to practice these types of communication at a much slower pace.

      Obviously, we work on social skills and communication skills ALL of the time as well. And we have done some activities where my students have written letters to sports teams, but I don't think they will be writing many letters in "real life", so I try to incorporate activites that hopefully they would be able to continue outside of school as well. :)

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  7. I LOVE your Facebook idea! We did something similar a few years ago and posted it in the hallway so the gen ed kids could write notes back and forth with my kids! Such an age-appropriate way to work on social skills! ~Hailey from Autism Tank

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