Parent Communication: Bookmark front.jpg

 
 
 
Bookmark front.jpg
Student Handout
 
 
This is the bookmark I created to hand out at freshman orientation. The bookmarks contain the Remind link to sign-up, our YouTube channel, class websites, and class Twitter page. The bookmarks give parents easy access to classroom information.
  • Bookmark front.jpg
Student Handout
 
 
This is the bookmark I created to hand out at freshman orientation. The bookmarks contain the Remind link to sign-up, our YouTube channel, class websites, and class Twitter page. The bookmarks give parents easy access to classroom information.
 
Stakeholder Collaboration

Parent Communication

It is my goal to help parents and students feel like they are a connected entity in our classroom. To help parents feel connected, I have created a series of videos on our classroom YouTube channel to help parents understand our classroom. The videos describe the procedures in our classroom, what blended learning is, and how we gamify our classroom. Parents also have their own parent portal in Haiku where they can access this information, as well as their students' online course material. 

Strategy Resources (5)
Teacher In Action
 
 
Jessi virtually welcomes the parents of her students to the school year and blended learning model she implements in her classroom.
Teacher In Action
 
 
This is a screencast explaining for parents what gamification is and how it is used in the classroom. I explain that gamification is used in the classroom to reinforce expectations and motivate students to move through curriculum at their own pace.
Teacher In Action
 
 
This is a screencast explaining how to find and navigate our class on Haiku Learning Management System. It explores the resources parents and students have access to. It gives them access to my class syllabus, their child's work, and all the resources from our course.
Student Handout
 
 
This is the bookmark I created to hand out at freshman orientation. The bookmarks contain the Remind link to sign-up, our YouTube channel, class websites, and class Twitter page. The bookmarks give parents easy access to classroom information.
Teacher Reflection
 
 
This is a screencast explaining the grade contract to parents. I explain the methodology behind the contract, how to read the contract, and how to determine their child's progress in the course.
Teacher In Action
 
 
Jessi virtually welcomes the parents of her students to the school year and blended learning model she implements in her classroom.
Teacher In Action
 
 
This is a screencast explaining how to find and navigate our class on Haiku Learning Management System. It explores the resources parents and students have access to. It gives them access to my class syllabus, their child's work, and all the resources from our course.
Teacher Reflection
 
 
This is a screencast explaining the grade contract to parents. I explain the methodology behind the contract, how to read the contract, and how to determine their child's progress in the course.
Teacher In Action
 
 
This is a screencast explaining for parents what gamification is and how it is used in the classroom. I explain that gamification is used in the classroom to reinforce expectations and motivate students to move through curriculum at their own pace.
Student Handout
 
 
This is the bookmark I created to hand out at freshman orientation. The bookmarks contain the Remind link to sign-up, our YouTube channel, class websites, and class Twitter page. The bookmarks give parents easy access to classroom information.
Jessica Anderson
Powell County High School
Deer Lodge, MT


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Long
Subject:
Science
Grade:
Ninth grade
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