"The art of communication is the language of leadership." -James Humes
Effective communication is absolutely essential in the field of education. Parents, teachers, and administrators have a responsibility to have clear lines of communication open for the benefit of each and every student. Teachers must also be able to effectively communicate with their students to have clear expectations, build relationships, and help students be successful.
This powerpoint is displayed in my classroom during the beginning of the year open house. It runs on a loop so that as parents come in they are able to learn a little bit about me and some general information about the class.
This is a google form I created for the parents of my students to fill out. I created a shortened link and had students text the link to their parents during class. I received a response from about 75% of my parents and I used the information provided to guide my interactions with them throughout the year. Due to its confidential nature I cannot share much of the information I received.
Here is the breakdown of how these parents responded when asked how they would prefer to be contacted:
The artifacts below contrast a modern communication method with a more traditional one.
On the left are instructions to follow in order to join my Remind list. Remind is a service that allows me to text my students as a group while maintaining a professional distance. I often use this to communicate due dates, reminders to bring materials, and to send out positive affirmations to my students. Parents are also welcome to sign up.
On the right is a form letter that is sent out via mail/email to the parents of each of my students. I tend not to give hard copies of information to high school students because I find that they do not often make it into the hands of their parents. This particular letter gives parents a summary introduction and login information for Think Through Math, one of the many learning tools that is made available to their child.
In addition to phone calls, emails, texts, google forms, and letters, I also communicate using instructional video technology. The following is a short screen-captured video I made for a presentation at a tech conference that shows users how to create posts in Adobe Spark.