- Question 1: What does communication with families/parents look like in your classroom?
- Parents are indeed a part of the learning community. Although students spend a large amount of time at school, they still go home in the evenings and their learning continues after school hours. It is important that we recognize this connection and do what we can to maintain a positive community.
- I tweeted about how my school site has a policy stating that every Friday teachers are to call home with 3 positive calls and 3 calls about room for growth. I do feel that this communication builds a strong school culture. Students and parents understand that negative aspects do not overshadow positive ones.
- Question 2: Why is it important to keep in touch with families/parents of your Ss?
- Many teachers groan about how parents are not involved. Before teachers point the finger, we should first take a look at our own lines of communication to ensure that we make it easy for parents to engage in their student's learning.
- So true! Whether it is positive or negative, students are learning at home from parents, siblings, neighbors, etc. This is why it is important that we communicate with families so that we can all be on the same page.
- Question 3: How do you communicate with families? Do you use any tech?
- — Dr. Sam Fecich (@SFecich)Tue, Mar 24 2015 01:36:12
- I mentioned that I use a website to communicate with parents about assignments and upcoming quizzes/tests. I really like the suggestion I was given to post samples of student work to the class website. I do feel that students will take more pride in their work knowing that it may be posted online.
- — Christopher Barnes (@ChrisBarnes06)Tue, Mar 24 2015 01:36:13A3- If you build it, they'll come. We communicate w/the tools parents use- Twitter, FB, Instagram, Remind101, webpage, blog. #teacheredchat
- This tweet reminded me to try new things. There is no sense in doing nothing and wondering whether or not parents will use the tools we create. We have to create them in order to find out!
- Question 4: How do you reach families that are harder than others to reach?
- I answered Question 4 by saying that I reach families that are harder to reach than others through persistence. Just like with my students, I want parents to know that I will not give up on their child and if this requires failed attempt after failed attempt at communication, I will keep trying.
- We must have a positive attitude about communicating with parents/families. If I had an attitude that said "I can't" or "I'll try" to communicate with families, my rate of success would be way lower than my attitude which says "I can" communicate with families.
- Question 5: What is one thing you will try in the future in regards to communicating with the families of your Ss?
- I think it is great to practice these communication skills at this point in my career. I need to practice communicating now, while I have a ton of support, so that I'll be better prepared when I am handling the class on my own.
#Teacheredchat Twitter Chat
I participated in my first Twitter Chat from 6-7pm on Monday, March 23rd, 2015.
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