It's funny that you comment today as I was just reading about some basics of DT last night. I understand that a big piece of the puzzle is using technology to our advantage. I was talking to a friend earlier this year and started thinking about services like Mail Chimp that allow users to manipulate information in spreadsheets and then send personalized emails with a few formulas and clicks. I believe my grade book can be downloaded into a spreadsheet along with our standardized testing data. I need someone a bit more tech savvy to help me figure it out!
I couldn't agree more, Kathryn! I think a lot of parents struggle to find the balance, too, as they release a lot of responsibility and freedom to their students. Sometimes we forget that they're still just kids who need that family support. I'm excited to try this out next year. I see this serving as an accountability system for both students' academic performance and behavior.
Thanks, Paul! I am constantly learning how to become a better educator, and one of the biggest things I've learned is how important the three-way exchange between parent, student, and teacher really is.