Really Good Stuff® on Pinterest Really Good Stuff® on Facebook Really Good Stuff® on Twitter Really Good Stuff® on LinkedIn Really Good Teachers® on LinkedIn  About Us  |  Contact Us  |  Shop reallygoodstuff.com

Parents & Volunteers

Should Teachers Friend Parents on Social Media

Should Teachers Friend Parents on Social Media

One of our Really Good Teachers recently posed the question to our Facebook audience about friending parents and students on social media sites.  “How does everyone feel about friending parents on social media? I have always said no but have already had requests this year. One is a teacher in the district from another school.
continue reading


Parent Teacher Conferences or Family Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences or Family Teacher Conferences

by Diana Remick, Monthly Columnist Parent Teacher Conferences should be renamed Family Teacher Conferences since more and more students are being raised by grandparents, aunts, uncles, and older siblings. Regardless of the name, conferences are an important component of the school to home connection. The family and the teacher can sit down and truly discuss
continue reading


Successful Parent – Teacher Conference Tips

Successful Parent – Teacher Conference Tips

Get the most out of your next Parent/Teacher Conferences with some great tips and tricks from the Really Good Teachers of #TeachChat.  Check out the transcript from the March 19th, 2014 chat below and be sure to download your free ebook that is mentioned in the chat.  It is a helpful resource for making the
continue reading


Literacy: A Comprehensive Literacy Approach

Literacy: A Comprehensive Literacy Approach

by Diana Remick, Monthly Columnist Not all students learn the same way or at the same rate. To ensure that students will receive the instruction they need, a balanced literacy approach is implemented in my classroom. The following information is in my 2nd Grade Handbook so that families understand and support the various components that
continue reading


#TeachChat Archive: Making the Most of Parent-Teacher Conferences – September 18th, 2013

#TeachChat Archive:  Making the Most of Parent-Teacher Conferences – September 18th, 2013

Before a parent even steps foot into your classroom for a conference, there are a lot of small steps you can take to develop a positive rapport.  Do you know what they are?  Check out the #TeachChat archive from September 18, 2013 to get some great tips from Really Good Teachers about how you can
continue reading


Tips to Share with Parents to Encourage Involvement

Tips to Share with Parents to Encourage Involvement

  By Barbara Spalding, Guest Blogger As parents, we hold a tremendous power; a great educational influence that most of us don’t truly tap into. Our children are eager to learn, curious to explore and excited to discover new things. Perhaps the grunts through homework or the emphatic plea not to chaperone the school dance
continue reading


#TeachChat Archive: Creating Positive Relationships with Families – August 21, 2013

#TeachChat Archive:  Creating Positive Relationships with Families – August 21, 2013

When it comes to building great relationships with students’ families, Really Good Teachers are always willing to try something new.  Making themselves available to families, keeping the lines of communication open, and building a relationship that shows they care in and out of the classroom are just a few of their tips.  Check out the
continue reading


12 Tasks for Classroom Volunteers

12 Tasks for Classroom Volunteers

Parent or community helpers can be a great asset to a teacher and her classroom by taking away some of the burden of the busy work that needs to be done.  In order to fully utilize the helpers when they come in to assist, it is important to have specific jobs or tasks already prepared. 
continue reading


6 Ways to Increase Parental Involvement and Volunteering in the Classroom

6 Ways to Increase Parental Involvement and Volunteering in the Classroom

Encouraging and nurturing parental involvement in the classroom can be a challenging subject.  Time constraints and obligations often leave parents feeling pulled in too many different directions.  While they may genuinely want to help in the classroom, sometimes it is just not possible to be present during normal school hours.


12 Summer Learning Ideas to Send Home with Free Printable List

12 Summer Learning Ideas to Send Home with Free Printable List

by Lori Wolfe, Monthly Columnist Summer is almost here! Parents and students always look forward to summer. Many times parents ask us for ideas of things they can do at home with their children to keep them learning. I like to send home a list of things to do during the summer that will keep
continue reading