13th June updates:
The matrix will be further developed to show the fluidity between age groups, as well as between closed/openness of schools. Together with parents and students, schools will be able to offer the 'Moments of Meeting' which are best suited to their communities.
7th June updates:
If you want to get an idea of the potential for impact, who it is pitched for, how we will get this off the ground, etc. please follow the link:
Check out our step by step guide! Thank you to everyone who has commented so far. You rock and make collaboration even more fun! Unfortunately there were some sharing issues with some of the docs, but now everything is open to all and everyone can comment, even if you are not signed in.
Here's a little peek into part of 'the grid' (Follow the link above for the whole step by step guide.):
4th June updates: We have included FAQ and Challenges to our Matrix presentation.
We have also started a 'step by step guide', and would love to hear your feedback, suggestions and questions.
3rd June updates:
We are working on a step by step guide, so that people can choose the Multiple Moments of Meeting which suit them best. Which media do you think we should use? We've started with a PPT, so people can go onto the matrix, and click on one of the MMM and then navigate into the step by step guide. This is just the beginning, and we look forward to your comments, questions and suggestions.
In order to invite parents to initiate conversation, during some of the MMM - namely Walk & talk, Work & photo swap, healthy picnic, fun run, healthy picnic, and performances - we will have some laminated cards with thought bubbles on them:
Updated 1st June:
The idea is about offering parents multiple opportunities to meet according to their preference. Therefore, instead of a mega-moment of meeting, well known for anxiety and stress, why not think about multiple moments of meeting? These include moments of meeting for a range of teaching and parenting styles; people who prefer to move as they talk and think, foodies, techies, and storytellers alike.
Potential for impact
- Expand and develop the communication opportunities between parents, students and teachers.
- Encourage parents of all backgrounds, literacy levels and interests to take part in the home-school dialogue, through offering a range of opportunities for communication.
- Shared ownership, all stakeholders contribute.
(How would you pitch this to other teachers in your school? Your principal? Etc.)
- The diversity of opportunities for parents of potentially all backgrounds to participate more actively in school life.
- Even the ‘naughty kids’ will have something positive to show off, and therefore their parents will be more motivated to come to school.
- Parents who have more than one student at school can hear about them both/all informally on the same day.
- It does not overload the teachers either, as not all options would be followed up on. Each school / environment will pick and choose the most suitable options.
- Encourages meaningful dialogues between parents, students and teachers, which in turn reduces the stress/anxiety usually caused by more formal meetings.
- Supports greater interaction between home and school life, as it offers a range of opportunities for communication.
- Ultimately, this contributes to stronger and more positive home-school interactions.
How will we get this off the ground?
- Discuss with team at school. Choose the ‘moments of meeting’ which are more suitable for that particular school or school section.
- Each option will have a different ‘procedure’ (foodie moments - depending on context, get participants to bring in food, or get support from local restaurants/cafes, etc.)
- During all events, display thought bubbles with conversation openers / prompts / question openers to break the ice.
- Success looks like higher numbers of parental engagement. Ideally therefore get together some numbers from previous parent evenings, to get an idea of the levels of participation.
Materials to get this idea off the ground
When and how would this work?
I would love to see something more ‘ongoing’ than the 10 minutes per term parents get to speak with teachers. A combination of:
- Informal shared ‘home’ moments, such as homemade videos made by the students & families, to share with the teachers. This way parents who are less literate could take part.
- Social/healthy events, such as walks / picnics
- Self-reflection from students, either using a portfolio or video recording of their reflection on a special piece of work which shows how well they did and why.
PROBLEM: How to record evidence of all this in one ‘space’? Class Dojo is a great example of 'building a community'.