I read Cherie’s blog this week and could really relate to having the same students making it easier to connect with parents. I also really liked that she talked about project choice. This is something that I do once a semester, but would love to figure out how to add it more and in different ways.
I also read Genevieve’s blog and really related to the part about inviting parents in. I want parents to come in, but as the students get older, and content gets harder, parents feel less comfortable taking part in their child’s education. For me, as a teacher, this is where I can really help parents. I know the parents in my community want to help, but I don’t think they know what to do. Genevieve talked about a newsletter or email and I keep reading this. It must be a sign that I need to do something. I have thought about it for a while but done nothing. Maybe now is the time. I could try adding a section to my website or sending home a newsletter with some advice would help connect some parents, even if they don’t physically step foot in my classroom.
Anastasia also talked about a letter or email to parents. I think after reading all of these blogs I really need to try it this year at least once. I also noticed that she found the same article from reading rockets that I found. It did such a nice job of summarizing differentiation for parents and students.