Trying to accommodate parents without re-documenting every piece of communication you release? Got more than a fair number of forgetful tikes in your class whose newsletters never quite seem to make it home? Consider starting your own blog site.
No longer simple online journals, blogs have come into their own. Why not put one to use in your own teaching career? A few ideas to consider when doing so:
· Blogs are paperless, saving time, consumable resources and money.
· They let you do your job once, and yet still gives parents a backup if their child loses papers on the way home.
OK, so now you’re sold, but not sure what to do with your blog now that you have one? Well, here are a few suggestions to get the creative juices flowing.
· Pull all parents on your RSS feed so they are up to date at all times.
· Post homework each day as a backup for students copying the info from the board.
· Upload permission slips and other forms so parents may print them out at home.
· Snapshots and updates on special projects or concepts being studied.
· Incorporate class updates into a special section of your online teaching portfolio.
Is there a little more to it? Of course. But if you can type, operate simple software and know how to do basic word processing, you are more than half way there.
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