Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Parent Connections

 ScooterAs a teacher, I want to connect with my parents. If I can, connecting daily is a great goal. Parents want to know what's happening in their child's classroom. This becomes somewhat difficult when not all parents choose the same mode of communication as the majority of the parents. Yet, I need to find a way to reach all my parents. I have found that in today's world, the internet has been wonderful in helping me reach the vast majority of my parents. In an attempt to connect with all parents, I inevitably end up doing a couple things: I email my parents every Monday with homework and any other important information that needs to be shared. In addition to this, I send a hard copy of the homework and the same information sent out on the email. This coming year, I will also maintain a class website. This, of course, does not include the times I am not actually teaching a class and can meet with parents. The best way to gather all the information you need to keep in contact is to handout a survey asking for contact information as soon as you can (I usually do this the first week of school). My survey allows me to immediately see who has computers and internet in their home, and gather their telephone numbers, as well as email addresses. One little survey can make a huge difference! How do all of you communicate and connect with your parents?
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5 comments:

  1. My favorite way to communicate with parents is after school when they pick up their children and before school if they walk their children to the room. Otherwise I use email or notes and call sometimes. But I really like the personal contact best. It would be fun to see your survey.
    _Chrissy
    First Grade Found Me

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  2. I spend a lot of time on the phone, but I am hoping to transition to email this year. I also tried out a mass texting tool last year that was great. It is called Remind 101. You should check it out. https://www.remind101.com/

    ✰Becca
    Simply 2nd Resources

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  3. Chrissy, I agree that in person contact truly is the best. Becca, I will check out the link. Is the Remind 101 free?

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  4. This is a great post. I try to do it in person because phone numbers always seem to be changing or they are disconnected. I am happy to be your newest follower. I would love for you to hop over and visit me when you get the chance. =)


    Heather
    Heather's Heart

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  5. Thanks for following, Heather! I will check out your blog.

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