Let Parents Know They Can’t Argue with Results
Get parents involved by using this idea by Andrea, a Kindergarten Teacher in Cypress, CA.
At the end of each school year, most of my colleagues discard the word lists and reading benchmark test results they culled from that year’s class. But I don’t remove mine; instead, I find these charts generate discussion at the following year’s Back-to-School Night, so I keep them on display (making certain no student name appears on any of the charts).
As parents read these charts and realize our goal is to have their child read 100 words and on a First Grade level by the time the year is complete, I find the charts prompt parental interest and involvement. After reading them, parents eagerly offer to volunteer in my class, they ask what they can do at home to help their child become successful, and/or request to visit so they can observe me at work. That is always fine with me, as they can see for themselves how I lay the groundwork for their child’s academic success.
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This article was part of the August 2010 Classroom Connection Newsletter. Check out the other articles from this edition: