Friday, February 21, 2014

Strategies for Communicating with Families

  1. Web site or blog – If you are tech savvy, and you know that the families of your students have access to the internet to view updates online, this is a great way to keep families up-to-date on activities going on in your classroom as well as home support expectations.
  2. Email messages – Again, if you know the families have access to email, regular updates via email are useful for all.
  3. Newsletter – A class or grade level newsletter (paper or digital) sent home on a monthly basis (or perhaps at the start of each new unit of study) is a great way to keep families connected. 
  4. Agenda messages – Last minute reminders and requests can be sent home in students' agendas. Keep in mind how reliable this method is in cases where the parents don't regularly look at the agenda.
  5. Face-to-face meetings – This is a time consuming method of communication that should probably be saved for extenuating circumstances and when the other methods of communication fail.
Now it's your turn. What have I missed? Please help me expand this list by adding to the comments below. 

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