As a teacher who is also a mother of two children in elementary school, I believe strongly in communicating regularly with parents on what is going on in the classroom.
For years I have used the planner (or agenda) as a means of writing personal notes or communicating important upcoming projects or events. I also look forward to parent-teacher conferences and student-led conferences where the parents are able to see what the students have been working on and ask specific questions about their child’s progress, strengths & struggles.
But what if a parent cannot make it to a conference or has shift work where the planner doesn’t always get read?
As a working parent what I appreciate is the use of technology as a means to keep connected with what my children are working on in the classroom, and to communicate directly with their teachers. I would LOVE to touch base with my children’s teachers in person regularly, but that just isn’t realistic as a working parent.
Class web sites have become another way for parents to be connected with their child’s learning in the class. I have used class web sites myself as a teacher, as well as blogging. I have recently been introduced to another means of making learning visible to parents and that is with Fresh Grade.
The Surrey School District (#36) continues to impress me with how supportive it is regarding taking risks with new technologies in the classroom and innovative ways of teaching. Fresh Grade is a fantastic tool to keep learning visible for parents – each student has a personalized portfolio created, which parents can access with a code provided. I am very new to Fresh Grade, so there is still a lot for me to learn about it.
It is so important to me for parents to be fully engaged in their children’s learning, and to feel a part of the process. I am excited to start using Fresh Grade with my group! 🙂