This week at school we had an early dismissal day for student led conferences. Lucky for me, my kids go to the school I work at, so I get to see first hand how they are progressing. Working in the same school as my kids, I get a pretty good sense of how my kids are doing. That said, as a parent the best information I can get is having my kids explain their learning to me. It is so powerful…we get so much more information than letter grades could ever give us.
Listening my kids talk about their learning got me thinking about my own practice. Regular readers (my mom♥) know that I have been focusing on Project Based Learning for a while now. I love the PBL process and the deep learning the students are engaged in, but often the evidence of learning are not reproducable – massive models that have to be dismantled, skits etc. That coupled with the fact that I am not a regular classroom teacher has made it hard to have conversations with parents about their child’s learning. I knew I had to do a better job of engaging and keeping parents informed on their student’s learning.
Yesterday I read a blog by Pernille Ripp – 10 Easy Things You Can Change In Your Classroom Today and had an aha moment – I read her class blog and saw that it was the answer to my question.
I can see the powerful potential of a class blog. First, parents can get updates via email and for most parents this is still the preferred way to communicate. I also think it will be an easy way to get kids talking to their parents about their learning. They are always so proud of their work and are excited to “see it” online. I am hoping to generate some dialogue in the comment feed. Classroom blogs are just one more way to engage in conversations and invite the (important) voice of the parents to be heard.
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