Teachers and Parents . . .
We are partners in the education of children. Research shows children learn more and understand more of what they learn at school if they are able to discuss with their parents, at home.
Knowing that, how should we as teachers communicate most effectively with parents?
My students are dropped off and picked up in the classroom each day, by their parents. I try to use those few moments to share any momentous events that may have occurred throughout the day, but clearly I cannot speak with every parent every day. I therefore frequently communicate with parents through e-mail, and I also use a weekly newsletter.
I have written weekly newsletters for almost every class I have ever taught, and truly I cannot imagine how I would manage without doing so. True, if you ask me every Friday afternoon what I am going to do that evening, I might grumble a bit about having to write my newsletter, but after it is written, I am always so glad to have done it. I feel it is an invaluable way for children to recall the events of the previous week, and share with their families. My hope is that families can read the newsletter together in order to hear and discuss . . .
news about friends
and on and on.
I write my newsletter every Friday afternoon or evening, and e-mail it to the parents of each child in my class, and the head of our school. I include photographs of the children at work and at play, photographs of their work and artwork, and other news about our week. From time to time, I also include links to external web sites that relate to a topic our class might be studying or news about local events I think parents and children might enjoy.
So without further ado, here is a sample. I hope by reading this (my most recent newsletter) you will see how I try to communicate with parents, and make it possible for them to share as fully as is possible, in their children's education at school.
How do you communicate with parents?