Creative Ways for Teachers to Communicate with Parents

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It may be challenging for a teacher to find the time to make parent phone calls after a long day of work with grading and lesson planning to do. Luckily there are efficient and creative ways to communicate with parents.

It may be challenging for a teacher to find the time to make parent phone calls after a long day of work with grading and lesson planning to do. Luckily there are efficient and creative ways to communicate with parents.

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Communication tools and apps like Kickboard offer a few ways for teachers to communicate student progress with parents.

Kickboard Family Portal

Teachers no longer have to wait to give parents a weekly paper report because Kickboard has created a way for parents to log in on a computer or mobile device to monitor student progress in real time in the Family Portal. Teachers and parents can message each other through the portal to ask questions and talk more specifically about the student, allowing for efficient and effective communication that includes both parties.

Pro tip: Parents can also now hear Kickboard updates through their Amazon Alexa devices. Just ask, “Alexa, how did [child’s name] behave in school today?”

GroupMe App

GroupMe is an app that allows multiple cell phone users to have one message group. Teachers can make groups for the parents in each classroom if they are sending constant group communications. This can be challenging if individuals send personal messages back and forth through the group, but it can be very efficient for teachers to get urgent info to parents.

Weekly Student Behavior Reports 

Kickboard offers a unique way for teachers to communicate student progress with parents. Teachers assign behaviors to students that either earn or take away dollars. Teachers can print weekly reports to share with families. Paycheck dollars, or a generic point system, can be tracked over time and used for classroom and school-specific incentives. The student reports have targeted behaviors to describe student actions such “showing pride”, “going above or beyond” or “not following directions”. Over time, these behaviors can be assessed to identify which habits students exhibit the most or least.

The Kickboard system also allows teachers to leave anecdotal comments to give more detail about student behaviors. Notes can also be left that aren’t associated with a specific behavior.

Social Media Classroom Page 

With proper media consent, social media can be an efficient and effective way to communicate with families. Teachers can post announcements about picture day, field trip permission slips being due, etc. This platform could also be used to post student work and share classroom photos.

Text Messaging 

Sending personal text messages to parents may be a quick and easy way to get and gather information. For working parents, this may be the best way to be reached during the school day.

Student Agendas 

Student agendas are a great way to have students document homework assignments and track parent-teacher communication. As an evening routine, parents can review their child’s agenda to see what homework was assigned, any updates from the school day, and then sign the agenda to verify the work is done. When teachers send home communications for parents to read and sign, the document can be assigned as an item on the agenda to ensure that parents see it.

Classroom Website 

Teachers can include information about weekly homework, test dates, class projects, and field trips on a classroom website. Some teachers have also used their class sites as a way to provide links to free academic web programs and games that students can access while at home. This platform is a perfect way to share classroom photos and student work in addition to important classroom announcements.

Communicating with parents is an essential component of teaching. It helps keep parents informed and maintains trust when communication is clear and consistent. Teachers can keep parents up-to-date by finding creative ways to communicate that can be effective and allow teachers the ability to hear from parents as well.

Here at Kickboard we have seen many schools improve parent-teacher relationships by using our family portal, PBIS mobile app, web platform, and professional development services to support their initiatives. Kickboard helps teachers to communicate with parents, track student behavior, identify cultural trends and implement systems to improve student results.