Teachers juggle so much every day. Teaching, assessing, and managing 20 or 30 kids, (or more!!), assessing, professional development, assessing, keeping up with frequent new curriculum changes… Ah! So much to do with so little time! Oh, and you also have to keep parents in the loop. Your plate is overflowing!
Here are some resources to make parent communication a little easier, a lot faster, and maybe even a bit more fun.
This collection of tips and forms should be a part of any new teacher’s toolkit. It’s an overview of why and how to establish a yearlong plan for parent communication, complete with several templates and organizational forms to get you started quickly.
You want to send a newsletter that parents will read. So, my advice is to keep it simple and fun, and give them a reason to look at it. My customizable newsletter collection features a super basic format with room for you to quickly insert weekly or monthly highlights, and organized, bulleted lists. We’ve turned into a society of skimmers, and the many-paragraph-long newsletters are no fun to write or to read. There’s a spot on each form for the students to weigh in, so parents can hear about the week from their child’s perspective as well. (Also, since students comment and return the form after parents read, there is a bit of extra accountability built in.) Several different modern theme options are available in my store, so you can choose one that reflects your personal style.