Sunday, February 13, 2011

What do parents really want?

The life of the parent of a child is full of challenges. As a teacher you have the opportunity to help. Parents do not always receive the full story about homework, projects, or day-to-day events in class.

My suggestion is simple, be transparent.

Provide parents with a copy of the syllabus at the beginning of the course. The syllabus should include all homework and important due dates. Send short regular updates via email to inform parents of upcoming due dates and what is being done in class. Give parents what they really want, the information to help their child be successful.

What do you do to be transparent?


  1. Welcome to the world of blogging... I look forward to your posts...

  2. Kay T. says:

    I'm unable to plan assignments in Lang. Arts for the entire semester but I have an on-site WIKI that includes all tasks, calendar and notes! It's just PERFECT and takes all the hassle out of giving kids assignments when they're gone. I refer everyone to the wiki, 24-7. Most importantly, as Alan notes, parents need to know the score if they're going to fully support their students and us too; realistically, they aren't going to always get assignments from their kids. The constant availability of this device adds total transparency!