Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Communication with parents...I am a huge believer in communicating with the parents of my students.  Sometimes, I think I might communicate too much and come off as a pain in the you-know-what.  But I think the more informed the parents are, the better chance their child will have a successful year.  I email the parents every Friday to inform them of the tests and quizzes for the upcoming week.  I also email the parents Friday of any student that did not turn in an assignment for that week.  (We switch for every subject in my school in 5th grade, so this sometimes takes awhile, but I think it is a worthy way to spend my time).  I provide parents with a homework hotline nightly...basically I change my outgoing voice message to include the night's homework.  I also recently started using remind101 nightly for homework assignments. (see previous post for description of this awesome service!).  Sometimes I think I am overdoing it, but I have had several parents tell me they appreciate the updates.  I have never once been told there are too many notices (but then again, maybe they wouldn't feel comfortable telling me that!).  I feel that this communication has saved me more than one time.  The parent cannot say they didn't know what the homework was...all they had to do was make a phone call.  They cannot claim they do not understand why their child's grade is so low...they get a weekly notice of missing work.

How do you communicate with your parents and how often?

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