Student realise that failure is okay, that teachers fail too and in some cases such as yours truly, often. Through such TTF observances, they come to understand that learning growth is not linear, it's more like the tide coming in. There are comings and goings but slowly but surely, progress is made. They also learn that the teacher is to some extent human and is a learner too!
They develop their relationship with the teacher via the TTF. Through these times of mirth, they realise that there is a human inside that teacher, one with feelings, hopes and dreams just like any students. But still they laugh and seem incapable of actually immediately helping to fix the problem! My students do what they can to clearly point out what STILL isn't working and seem to have no issue with such commentaries or delays in getting learning and resources back on track.
Students get to be the heroes of the moment. I remember one lesson early this year involving setting up the students' Wi-Fi access and GAFE access on their phones. I found it very easy to point how quickly I could achieve the access on my phone. It didn't help that not one student actually had my phone or anything close to it. Thankfully a student angel, let's call her (or him) CJW, saved the day. Before I had time to descend from my lofty heights and assist the meek, she'd set up half the students' access. Proud of her technical achievements and newly-found superhero status I obviously found it appropriate to enquire if she'd be so polite to complete the job!
Students have to think for themselves. During a recent oral assessment, I had the brilliant idea of banning paper cue-cards and informing the class that their speech could be read off their phones while being recorded on another phone by a classmate. One student took great delight in immediately querying just how I expected them to gesture appropriately while reading off the phone. I in return too had great delight in awarding said student a Not Achieved before her actual assessment, a rather unique and altogether quite remarkable achievement! It was then one young man, let's call him "TJM" (I know, I have a way with pseudonyms) suggested that we use the web camera in Screencastify and present their Oral Slides full-screen as if on an autocue. "Brilliant "I said and what I'd be intending to be achieved all along. Suffice to say, the latter option worked and worked really well! Nice work TJM.
Students love working in groups. Never, ever try and get 27 students on cellphones to contribute to one Google Slide. Hard to believe I know but 27 into 1 just doesn't quite work. After this less than auspicious start, when using Google Slides I now usually do one of two things 1) six slides, one each for a group of 4 to 5, 2)1 slide that students contribute to but I am the only writer or the big daddy, their own personal slide. To be honest, I've never really been a fan of group work but in a digital environment, there seems to be more focus, more engagement, more work done. This may well be because they see the fruits of their labour instantly, usually on the big screen.
In closing, students love TTF. Most of the time, they appreciate the effort and attempt to engage. I just wish they wouldn't laugh so much and help so little on the major ones!