effective parent teacher communications

Tools You Can Use to Get Parents and Teachers on the Same Side

What if you can stop parent problems before they happen? Second grade teacher Erin Klein shares a 10-minute treasure trove of ideas that work! Parents are our partners. Let's do this!

Important Takeaways

  • How can we prevent “helicopter parenting?”
  • How can we be less defensive when parents ask questions?
  • How do you get parents to actually read what you send them?
  • How to help all parents, tutors, and IEP teams on the same page with current student work.

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  • Bloomz is your one-stop solution for parent-teacher communications. More than just connecting with their cell phones, you can send long or short messages. You can send pictures and links. You can even coordinate volunteer schedules, donations, and parent teacher conferences. I’m using Bloomz in my classroom.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Claudia Lewis September 19, 2015 - 3:45 pm

I love the idea of staying connected with the parents of our students. I do agree we need to reach parents where they are but it makes it so difficult to stay on top of ALL the ways! The idea of using bloomz sounds helpful. I think it would only really work if you had 100% buy-in from all the families though. I also worry about the how difficult it would be to have parents too involved. You then become the messenger of every detail; for example, the forgotten lunch, or after school plans. I also think it might become too helpful for parents to just ask you instead of figuring it out themselves. I am a firm believer that we want our children to grow up to be responsible adults, so there is a fine line as to the limits we need to place on parents getting into their child’s business. If the parents get too involved the child then depends on the parent to figure out what they should have taken care of. I like to let the student ask the questions and be responsible for themselves. Just some food for thought!

kelsey September 20, 2015 - 9:58 pm

I love the idea that parents are our partners! Getting parents involved will help get students more involved. Thanks for posting, love your blog!

Vicki Davis September 21, 2015 - 7:09 pm

Yes! Parents are so important! They are our partners (or we are theirs depending on how you look at it.) Thanks for commenting!


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