You oughta know about keeping parents informed.
How many times have you heard a parent say they don't hear from their child's teacher, or aren't kept inform of their child's progress? When I hear this, I
- A behavior calendar: Record what color the student is on at the end of the day. If on red, I write down why.
- A weekly newsletter: This keeps parents informed of what goals/skills we are working on in class, tips to practice at home, homework, and upcoming events.
- A monthly school newsletter: This is sent out by the office to keep them informed of overall achievements, concerns (if any) in the building, and safety policies.
- School work: If work is marked wrong, that is a form of communicating the child is having difficulty with that skill.
- Quarterly progress reports
- Quarterly report cards:
- Periodic phone calls
- Traveling class books - The kids love sharing these with their families. It's a great way for parents to compare their child's work to others. I like to attach a page for parent comments, and we read those aloud for the boys and girls to hear in class.
- Parent letters - Year after year, I'd find myself quickly handwriting notes to send home, trying to explain the child's struggle and ways the parents can help at home. Now, I've created these wonderful parent letter forms to keep in my files, and simply send home if needed. They are a HUGE time saver!
Parent-Teacher communication ~ Name writing