Through the child's eyes.

Parents and teachers get to know each other through the eyes of "their" child.

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Overview: (What’s this idea about)

Hi, my name is Barbara Hartman and I work at Episcopal Academy and my idea, Through the Child’s Eyes is about creating rapport, as early as possible among parents, the teacher and the student, laying a communication foundation well in advance of the first parent-teacher conference, all through a series of video recordings and interviews.  By the time conferences start, the parents and the teacher already have a relationship history, all through the child’s eyes.

What is the potential for impact for you and why is this an idea that promotes continued growth?

This idea promotes growth because it’s an idea as open-ended as the teacher’s, parent’s and child’s imagination.  Ideally, once the teacher gets the initial communication off the ground, the interaction should become more student-directed, with both parent and teacher responding to the interests of the child.  What does the child want the teacher to know about their life at home and what does the child want the parent to know about their life at school?  

What is the Value Pitch?

To get your school on board with this idea you can stress the importance of building the home school relationship well in advance of the parent teacher conference.  And it is relatively simple and easy to implement.

So how do you get this idea off the ground?

This idea is scalable and here’s an example of how you may get started:share a summer vacation memory with your students.  Then ask them to send back a summer memory to you.

Suddenly, a story is unfolding.  These video recordings and interviews can become more student directed and content directed as the year continues on.  Either way, there will be countless opportunities for building communication.

What are the Metrics?

In order for educators to iterate and improve this process each year, you can use parent surveys.  It is easy to collect the data about implementation of this idea and compare how parents feel at the beginning and end of the year.

What Materials do you need to get this idea off the ground?

Doing this is as easy as using the free apps Seesaw, Storycorps and Twitter.

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Overview: (What’s this idea about)

This idea is about creating rapport between parents, the teacher and the student through a series of video recordings and interviews.

Potential For Impact: (Why is this an idea that promotes continued growth?)

It’s an idea as open-ended as the teacher’s, parent’s and child’s imagination.  Ideally, once the teacher gets the initial communication off the ground, the interaction should become more student-directed, with both parent and teacher responding to the interests of the child.


Value Prop/Pitch: (How would you pitch this to other teachers in your school? Your principal? Etc)

Imagine a parent-teacher relationship that is established well before the time of the first conference. Most parents appreciate being involved in their child’s day to day activities and for those parents that need more buy in, this simple back and forth communication via the child could draw in that community of parents, as well.


How’d I get this idea off the ground?

How do parents and teachers build a relationship early in the year so both groups understand the importance of mutually working for the good of the child?  As a teacher, I think that home visits provide valuable information about the child and demonstrates to the parents a level of high interest and devotion on the part of the teacher.  Unfortunately, home visits are not always practical and feasible.  What could be the next best way to open the door for a more personal level of communication? What if you ask the child to take a video of their homework spot and then they interview their parents about where they did their homework and then the teacher posts a video about where she//he did their homework?  Suddenly, a story is unfolding.  Choose a platform to share, question and comment (Seesaw, Storycorps).  



How you can get started:


Coming soon - currently working on this.


Metrics:

Parent survey pre and post year.

Teacher anecdotal evidence.



Materials to get this idea off the ground:

Seesaw, Storycorps


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1d0SRwz1V17iALwYIFzKkhnNXclenX58uJ1005VLEJqg/edit



Teachers, are you interested in where your student does their homework?  Students will take a video of their homework space and explain why they do their homework in that space.  Students will use Storycorps to record their parents experience of where they did their homework when they were their child's age.  On the flip side, each child will use Storycorps to ask the teacher one interview question and bring it home to share with their parents.  Children will create a communication bridge between the teacher and parents.

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Hi Barbara,

Shall we start o google doc and flesh your idea out! Would be awesome to collaborate with you. Share the doc with me: paula@teachersguild.org then later we could have a GHO. paula

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