Parental support is an essential factor for student success. Here are 3 ways you can keep parents informed about what is happening in the classroom.
I love email. It’s my primary form of communication. Here are a few different options for communicating via email…
🎁 BONUS: Use this Google Form template to collect parent emails during back to school night!
🎦 Not familiar with contact groups? Watch this video to learn why they are useful!
A lot of parents don’t check email on a daily basis, but everyone reads their text messages! Texting has become the preferred method of communication for a lot of people.
Here are three secure and private ways to communicate with parents via text messaging:
💡 Tip: it is important that you document your communication with parents (emails, text messages, phone calls, hallway conversations, etc). Make a copy of this Google Form and fill it out every time you communicate with a parent.
You might also consider creating a class website or blog to share important class information. One huge benefit of creating a parent portal is that once you have it, you just need to update it each year! You don’t need to re-send announcements like you do with email or text messaging.
The downside to a class website is the inability to communicate individually with parents about their student’s progress. You will likely need to fall back on email for that type of communication.
Here are a few options to consider:
💡 Tip: Each Google Classroom that you create has a Google Calendar that can be easily embedded into a Google Site. This calendar will automatically list upcoming assignments that have a due date.
There is one secret trick that you can try to increase parent engagement: 📸 PICTURES!!
Very few parents can resist pictures of their student in the classroom.
Google Photos is a GREAT tool for collecting, organizing, and sharing classroom photos.
Once you have your pictures in Google photos you can easily send them via email, post them through Remind or ClassTag or add them to your website or newsletter.
⚠️ Note: it is important to follow your schools policy for sharing student images. I don’t recommend publicly posting photos of students. A Google Document or website that is only visible to parents who have the link is probably okay, but you should check your schools policies before sharing images.
💡New to Google Photos? Watch this video for tips on how to get started!
Without parental support and engagement our job as educators is a whole lot harder.
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