January 11th, 2011
There is only so much a teacher can do in educating a child to become a well-equipped, productive member of society. Much of a child's learning, both skills that will eventually help him in school and the real world, will come from his home environment. Not to mention, involved parenting helps to assure that homework and projects are not only completed but completed on time and with more careful attention and effort. To increase parental involvement, it is important to utilize all the modern day tools at your disposal, making it more convenient for both teachers to share information and parents to gain access to it. Here are some helpful tips to ease the barrier between the classroom and household:1. Create a class blog Easy to access, easy to update and easy to read, blogging not only allows parents to stay informed on the latest news from the classroom but also provides a forum for discussion and commentary. The ability to see uploadable photos and videos of their children will keep parents coming back for more. Posting information about upcoming assignments will also help parents to keep their kids on the ball and ensure instructions are followed properly.2. Include teacher e-mails on send home materials Giving parents a direct line of communication to teachers, and encouraging them to use it should the issue arise, will help them feel more directly connected to their child's education. In turn, this will also serve as further means for teachers to communicate with parents if need be, whether calling for volunteers or addressing a particular child's classroom challenges.3. Give password protected grades electronically Avoiding paper altogether will mitigate the risk of students either changing or hiding grades from their parents. It will also give parents a clear, up to date picture of their child's performance and allow them make adjustments accordingly.