When I was in the classroom, I emailed parents every week with what was going on and any other important info. that they needed to know. I was told by some teachers that I was asking for trouble. But I never really experienced any issues. Instead, parents were appreciative and I believe that it did wonders for my parent communications.
Joli, over at The Fearless Classroom has a great post on Parent Relations. She shares all the many ways that she communicates with parents. Any administrator would think this is awesome! Many teachers won’t be able to imagine how to accomplish all of it. The key is to START! Do one thing, like start an email group and send out an email once a week. Once you get that down, you can add something else to your educator tool belt. If you have any questions, I’m sure Joli would be happy to help. You might even be able to Skype with her! 😉
It is a critical part of a fearless classroom to create respectful and constantly connected relationships with the parents of the students in your classroom. There are few greater commitments you can make than committing to your students and their parents that you are a third of the team who will provide the highest quality learning experiences possible.
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