Standard 7.1 reads: Communicating with Families
Teacher communicates with families about students’ progress on a regular basis, respecting cultural norms, and is available as needed to respond to family concerns. For me this standard means that the classroom teacher parents in the loop on all classroom activities, learning, as well as personal behaviors within the classroom in a timely and respectful manner. One way that I think my mentor teacher and I have kept in great communication is through our weekly homework logs as well as through our monthly newsletter. Every week we send out a homework log which lets families know what homework is coming home what night, what lessons are being taught that day, and any other special announcements that may be different from the regular weekly norms. Students take home the homework log on Mondays and return it to class on Fridays with a parent signature. This lets me know that they are receiving it and are aware what their child is learning. My mentor and I also send out a monthly newsletter. This newsletter essentially does the same thing as our homework log but on a larger scale. We explain the specific math topic that we will be focusing on that month, the different reading skills and strategies that will be covered, and what is going on in our writing and science units! We also post any school wide activities or specific class celebrations earned or field trips for the month. Lastly we also include any other special announcements that we seem to be important for our students and families.
I think that these two pieces of information are justification of competence with communicating with families because parents are always being notified of what their children are doing at school! I think that It is very important for a child’s education to be supported by their parents, and for parents to support they need to know what is going on! These handouts provide parents knowledge, volunteer opportunities, and many talking points dealing with what they are learning about in school.
From this experience I have learned how eager parents are to learn about what their students are learning. To create a relationship with a student I think that it is important to create a cohesive relationship with their parents as well. I have also learned that if parents are in constant communication there is a rarity in miscommunication between teacher and parent. It also seems like when parents know what is going on they are far more willing to volunteer in the classroom, which helps the teacher as well as excited the students. As far as student implications go, it is evident how important this kind of communication is for them because my students are only six and sometimes they can’t keep everything in track. By having their parents be so well connected with what they are doing at school students receive support at home as well as at school. A modification I would make in the future would be to the homework log. I would make a space for a weekly behavior reports. This way parents could be up to date on academics as well as a personal behavior check up.