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Communicating Online With Parents

Communicating Online With Parents

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Hi All, I'm a Grade 2 homeroom teacher who, for years, has communicated classroom activities via a detailed monthly newsletter. In recent years, of course, I've gone green and begun e-mailing it out. However, I'm thinking it's time to start communicating online somehow. Twitter won't work as far as being spontaneous, because anything we send home requires admin. review and, thus, a 24-hour advanced notice for said review to take place. (Plus, I'm not sure how many parents actually pay attention to Twitter...) What online platform(s) do you use to communicate with parents about what is going on in the classroom? I'm thinking of some way to share about curriculum, special events and needs, maybe some photos and/or video, etc. But I don't want something exceedingly difficult or time-consuming (in addition to being a classroom teacher, I'm also a parent to a young child!) Thanks for any suggestions you can share. Chris

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Jessica
Building Confidence in Students, One Child at a Time

Hi,
My suggestion to you would be to chat with parents online.Facebook is a more user friendly site and am sure most of the parents will be able to access it. Secondly, you can also start parents teachers meeting every weekend or once a month to give your feedback about the students to their parents. In this way, there will be an interaction between parents and teachers.
I am sure my suggestion will be of some help to you.

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LydiaJacobs1
teacher/tutor from South Florida

Have you thought about starting a classroom blog? I've looked at several recently and they all incorporate elements that you mentioned in your post (curriculum, classroom needs, photos, etc.). It can be as simple or as fancy as you want and doesn't have to be time consuming.

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