Per the demands of an outdoorsy, running around-type review exercise, I gave my students my cell number two months back. Since then, I have received 23 unsolicited text messages. The first three were overly familiar, the sort you might call pranks, one of which read:
we’re your favorite students right. this is [name redacted].
These are the sort you just ignore. Accordingly, the next one read:
text back loser!!
The following twenty have each been scholarly, appropriately curious, and sent between a high school math teacher’s typical waking hours. They receive immediate response. A recent sample:
Whats the code for the Feltron project on excel, sum… Plus something?
Perhaps I dodged a bullet here. I’m pretty sure, though, that a lot of this was bound up in how I presented it: as an adult-type moment, access which they were free to squander if that’s how they wanted it, but which (I also told them) I had every reason to believe they’d enjoy responsibly.
Disincentive the negative. Reinforce the positive. Students are puppies.