How often do you talk to parents? Email them? Do you send home notes every day?
I guess that depends on the grade level you teach. When I taught Pre-K, I wrote in their folders every day during nap time. :) (Oh how I miss nap time.) I at least saw 90% of the parents every day after school. When I taught 2nd grade, I still did daily folders, but it was a lot less detailed. I only saw a handful of parents every day at dismissal. In 4th grade, I do not have much contact with parents. If I need to talk to a parent, I will call or email them.
I feel like I have good relationships with parents, even when we do not have a lot of contact. How do you feel about that?
My parent communication goal for next year is to keep a detailed log of parent calls.
Here are my tabs to make that possible:
These aren't anything special, but I like them because:
1. They will be on my computer.
2. I can't lose them.
3. They will be neat and organized.
4. I will have easy access to family information.
I also take all the emails addresses, make a contact group, and then send out mass emails for things like upcoming events and monthly newsletters. I also use Remind 101 because some parents do not have email addresses.
I am thinking about using a website I found the other day called Class Messenger. Have you seen this? If you have used it, please leave me a comment.
I tried to find a video to explain this service, but I couldn't. So here is a screen shot of my dashboard. It is empty because it is summer and I don't have a class to input. I just found it the other day.