Thank you for teaching at Spark 2021!
We hope you enjoy teaching your class and everything goes well!
This guide includes lots of info about Spark 2021, but feel free to reach out to us with any questions.
- Ask on the Spark 2021 Discord on #teacher-help-request. Tag your message with $request to make sure it gets seen, and include all relevant info in your message! E.g. “$request I need help with the waiting room in Zoom Room #18”
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Join the Help Desk Zoom room: https://esp.mit.edu/helpdesk (open 10 AM - 5 PM EST every Saturday of the program)
- Helpdesk Hotline:
- Dial +1 646 558 8656.
- When asked for a meeting ID, enter 990 4555 5022#.
- When asked for participant ID, press #.
- Check-in: 20 minutes before the start of the first class you’re teaching or observing each day.
- When your class starts, make sure you let students in from the waiting room after checking their names are on the roster!
- Your Classes’ Students: [your_class_code]-email@example.com
Examples: M12345firstname.lastname@example.org, M12345s1email@example.com
- You will be asked to approve all emails sent to this list with the moderator password (that you’ll receive when the first email is sent).
- Your Class’ Teachers: [your_class_code]-firstname.lastname@example.org
- All emails to individual students must CC this list. Encourage students to contact you via this list, not your personal email.
- covers how to add alternate hosts, admit students from the waiting room, make breakout rooms, mute students, change the settings, and remove students
- By default, students cannot annotate the screen, share their screens or change their names
- Please act courteously and professionally (including being on time)
- Be aware of diverse student backgrounds and ways of learning
- Always have two background-checked adults per Zoom room
- When in breakout rooms, try to move around to moderate
- Do not record your class in any form
- At least 20 minutes before the start of your first class.
- In the Spark 2021 Discord, enter any voice channel titled “Check-in desk (#)” with an admin present to check-in
- 5 minutes before the hour (not earlier, since the previous class may be in session)
- Enter your Zoom classroom and make sure you’re the host.
- If you’re not an MIT affiliate/don’t have a kerberos, you will need to be manually made host by the previous teacher or a volunteer. Please contact us if you run into any issues here.
- Admit your co-teachers or observers and make them co-hosts.
- Admit students from the waiting room if their names are on the class roster.
- Start your class (MIT time).
- If your co-teacher or observer didn’t arrive and you are the only adult, contact us.
- 5 minutes before the next hour
- If this is your last class (for sequences, this will be the third week), remind your students to fill out the survey for your class at esp.mit.edu/spark-survey
- Dismiss your class (MIT time).
- When all students have left, leave the meeting. (Do not end the meeting)
- Message to students in the waiting room who are not on the roster. (This message will be sent to everyone in the waiting room)
Hi NAME! I can’t let you in the classroom if I can’t find your name on the class roster. Please make sure your Zoom name matches your name on the ESP website. Learn how to do this on https://esp.mit.edu/zoomname. If you need help, reach out to us with the info on https://esp.mit.edu/guide.
- Message to disruptive students
Hi NAME. I am one of the hosts of this class. Please stop <insert disruptive behavior>. When you signed up for Spark, you agreed to be respectful to your classmates and teacher, and your behavior is not following that agreement.
[IF NECESSARY] If you continue your disruptive behavior, I will have to remove you from this class for the remainder of today’s lesson.
If your class capacity is at least 75 students, your class is a large class!
- A Zoom waiting room bot is available to help you admit students
- Using the bot is optional.
- If you intend to use the bot, please review the instructions and complete the installation beforehand.
- In the time between the previous class and your class, follow the usage instructions to enable the bot.
- Instructions: https://github.com/cjquines/waiting-room-bot
- You may still need to admit any students that the bot missed from the waiting room.
- You may receive extra help from volunteers (not guaranteed):
- Discuss your expectations for the volunteer with your volunteer over email beforehand or in the time right before your class starts.
- These are the instructions volunteers receive.
- Each teacher can be reimbursed for up to $30 for class supplies and $20 for food. See this page for more info.