Update Thursday 6/2/16
Feedback from Parents:
“The website is not hard to scan and read. However, when I was trying to do a pin intended for my own board, I accidentally pinned in your AT class board.”
“I am happy to be able to see some of work your class is working on. I believe probably this is the first time I had an opportunity to peek in classes in my daughter's high school years :)) I love it! Is it possible to put any short video files on it? It'll be nicer to see actions.”
The idea is simple...
Begin with a social gathering in Sept. to set the stage and provide an opportunity for parents and teachers to casually spend time together. Set ground rules- social topics only!
Throughout the year- Communication- Using Pinterest boards, that are private to the students and parents, students and teachers post pictures/shout-outs of what they are proud of and what they are working on. This gives a simple way for the teachers and students to showcase class work, it allows parents to see what their child cares about and what's happening in the classroom. This will also serve to help facilitate conversations when parents and teachers meet/talk directly.
When parents and teachers finally get together, at the actual conference, there is a natural starting point- the Pinterest board. It easily allows teachers and parents to start with a positive tone and build a rapport. It provides clear evidence of their child's success' and interests. This process not only illustrates that you know and care about their child, but makes parents more open to receiving information on their child's needs and areas for growth.
Aug/Sept: Cocktail Hr- human to human interaction between parents & teachers
On going: Social media site where teachers, parents & students communicate. Teachers can post student work (anonymously if wanted) parents can ask questions, comment, understand what is happening. Parents and teachers already have a relationship prior to the conference.