One of my favorite training websites is hosted by SimpleK12Team! Just recently they highlighted how a blog could be used to engage parents.
Does this sound familiar? “Are you tired of the ‘bottomless backpack’ and the mysterious, vanishing handouts? You hand students papers to give to their parents, and they’re never seen again.”
Their suggestion – set up a class blog!
Find out how to engage parents through a blog here:
Of course, there are many ways you can use a blog in your religion classroom. For example, parents love to see their child’s work that they do in your class. With a blog, you have a great medium to display and show off students work for all their parents to see. If you’re projects are created using traditional methods (e.g., paper and crayons), here’s where you can involve the youth group to help scan and prepare the class work so that it can be in a digital format.
Most children in the home environment, use a computer or a tablet (iPad, etc). There are apps like Animoto (free), Drawing Pad, Screen Chomp and others that students can use to create a project. When they have completed their task, they can email the link (or embed code) to you. You can then add this information to the class special project page. This assignment can be described on your blog and parents can direct their child to work on this project.
Would love to hear from you how YOU are using a blog to communicate with your parents! I invite you to share your story here!
I have two examples to share with you. One represents a music teacher – http://mrsmcivorsmusicblog.blogspot.com. The other represents another elementary educator in a regular classroom – http://carsonsbrighteyedbears.blogspot.com. As you review these examples, note how each teacher provides brief and helpful information to their parents.
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