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  • What are your go-to communication tools for families?

  • Jen Flo

    Administrator
    March 5, 2020 at 6:36 am

    I can remember going through my sons’ folders when they came home from school and reading the monthly newsletter with them; fond memories talking about their classrooms!  Technology has added an array of options for communicating with our students’ families.  Please share some of your favorite tools!

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  • Reby

    Member
    March 5, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    I love monthly newsletters. My classroom newsletter was actually written by my students and was a huge hit with students and parents. I had set sections (calendar of events, monthly citizenship awards, etc.) that were required every month. All of the other sections were student choice. Jobs rotated every month. Some of my fondest and funniest memories come from these stories!

    My husband, who is an AP History teacher, sends home a weekly update via email every Friday. It covers the next week’s assignments, lesson targets, due dates, and topics. He has received great feedback from his high school parents on the level of communication and connection this provides to the classroom.

  • Wendy Clark

    Administrator
    March 7, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    I love the idea of having the students be in charge of sections of a monthly newsletter, and also the weekly email updates for the upper grades.

    I’m sure most have heard of the Remind app, and I had a lot of success with that a several years ago when I taught 3rd-4th grade. Last year I used ClassTag, which had some nice features such as language translation and the ability to send out conference sign-ups. It also didn’t limit my chapter count, which was really nice. If I were to go back into the classroom full time again, I would likely look into using ClassTag.

  • Wendy Clark

    Administrator
    March 18, 2020 at 1:35 am

    Lisa Van Gemert, aka Gifted Guru, has a blog post about a letter she sends to parents at the beginning of the year to explain differentiation.  This would be a good first step for teachers, followed later in the year by a student learning plan.

    http://www.giftedguru.com/explaining-differentiation-to-parents/

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