A new goal I have set for our blogging journey is to have parents participate with our class blog(s). I’ve had conversations with parents and they’ve expressed that they are nervous, hesitant or unaware of how to learn more about the technology students are learning at school.
One way to learn more about what students are experiencing is to try to learn with them. Teacher Challenge #4 was a good reminder that one of the main purposes of a blog is to help communicate the learning happening in our classroom to parents. I do believe parents & family members of my students are involved and look at our blog, but mostly as an observing participant. In order to establish good communication I feel it is important to identify whether or not the information is being received. It is with that I ask my observing participants – TO VOLUNTEER A FEW MOMENTS OF YOUR TIME AND BECOME AN ACTIVE PARTICIPANT IN OUR LEARNING.
HOW??? Here are 5 ways to get active and communicate with us.
- Leave a comment on any post here on our class blog
- Visit 5 student blogs and leave a comment for each student
- Have a student teach you how to write a post and then guest post on their blog.
- Express your interest to come into our class t0 participate in a Bloggers Cafe.
- Subscribe to our blog(s) by email, or RSS feed and get automatic updates
If you do comment please follow our guidelines and only use first names, or student and relationship (i.e. Josh’s Mom). I’m aware this may be out of your comfort zone, but many students were unaware of what blogging was when they started. I know all students are more comfortable with blogging now, and they will you tell the best way to learn is by just doing it! Take the plunge and give it a try, and if you have further questions or a special request send me an email email@example.com.
ONE MORE THING – We are starting a new learning experience with video conferencing- SKYPE. I know many parents are unable to get to school during the day, and it’s expensive for us to travel to learn about different careers in the work place. Let’s put the two together, and if you can we would like a chance to video conference with you at work. If this is something that interests you please contact me (email, phone or even a comment here)