Teaching and parent communication don’t have to be separate things. For Mother’s Day, give moms (and dads) the best gift ever – an opportunity to see their child’s growth every single day! Most parents wish they could spend the day with their child so let’s give them the next best thing!
Build parent communication into your day-to-day schedule by using social media! When you post your students’ work on the wall, post it on the Facebook wall as well! Move your classroom into the 21st century and involve parents with daily updates!
In this episode, learn how you can keep parents happy and up-to-date without taking any additional time from your already busy day!
Find out how you can use each social media service to share your classroom’s accomplishments!
- Create a Facebook group for weekly updates and sharing moments.
- Post classroom work to Instagram!
- Share the funniest student quotes on Twitter.
- Give parents access to your favorite resources on Pinterest and YouTube.
*Make sure to get all necessary permissions from district, school, and parents before posting any classroom images on social media. You can adjust the privacy settings on most social media accounts to limit access to parents.*
If you want to learn how to use each of these platforms in your classroom, download our latest episode.
In the past, you relied on print newsletters in the backpacks, phone calls after school, and home-visits on select occasions to communicate with parents. Now, it’s easier to communicate in the digital world than it is in the physical world. Most parents are on social media, so take advantage of the widespread reach that these channels offer you!
Build a classroom community online! In an online community, parents can connect with one another, set up play-dates, and make friendships that mirror those of their children! That’s pretty cool!
By using these online updates, parents are privy to exactly what their children are learning each week. When students rush home and excitedly tell mom and dad what they learned in school, now mom and dad can respond with all of the context they need! Because you shared your Pinterest boards and YouTube playlists, parents can take the learning one step further!
We all want great relationships with parents and families. But teaching can be an exhausting job! When you make a positive phone call home, you want it to be authentic and in good spirits, but sometimes the day doesn’t always cooperate. When 3:00 PM rolls around, you may be zapped, stressed, or just not in the mood to make that phone call.
But with the classroom social media accounts, all you have to do is take a picture and click a button.
With that simple gesture, you will empower parents!
By showing parents what is happening in class, they are more equipped to reinforce all of the important concepts at home! In these online chats, you can talk to parents frequently and answer their questions right away. Make yourself available!
Because I design my own curriculum, it’s important that parents know exactly what is happening in the classroom and have an open channel to discuss any concerns (although none ever came up). As I outlined in Episode 007: Making Parents Proud, parents are the customers and their satisfaction and happiness means more to me than following any book. These constant updates on social media bring a level of transparency that all parents can appreciate.
Thanks so much for joining us this week! How are you going to use social media in your classroom? Please leave your ideas in the comments below or in our own Facebook Community.
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Social Media Accounts
Resources and People Mentioned in this Podcast:
- Freebie – Parent Survey
- Living Things & Habitats Unit Plan
- Habitats Pinterest Board
- YouTube Playlists – Plants
- 007 parents as customers
- WordPress (Make Private)
- Blogger (Make Private)
- Class Election Speeches
- YouTube – Class Accomplishments
- iMovie and Green Screens
- Teach What You Love Checklist
- Push Has Come to Shove: Getting Our Kids the Education They Deserve–Even If It Means Picking a Fight – Dr. Steve Perry
- Group Texting Apps
Show Notes (w/times):
- 01:08 – Introduction
- 03:48 – Mindset Shift
- 05:50 – Strategies – How to Use Each Social Site
- 19:38 – Actionable Next Steps
- 22:13 – Major Takeaways