Korean Students Speak: English teachers in South Korea had their students write their thoughts on signboards—any thoughts, no constraints. I love this idea because I think teenagers all over the world feel this intense need to be heard, and this is a great way of motivating them to learn for a reason. Like an actual concrete reason. Not to pass a test, not to please their parents, but because they actually want to communicate with us on the other side of Tumblr (also the fact that this is Tumblr, not just some 19th century message board in the cafeteria. This is real for them).
They also use the students’ messages as a starting point for discussions about the issues that the kids really care about, which is just. Beyond important.
I really want to implement something like this in my classes, both in Korea and when I come back to teach here. I think it could work for little kids too, although privacy might become an issue in that case.