Do you dream of a world in which all parents are consistently asking their child about their schoolwork and double checking to ensure they complete their assignments?
Though this may never happen for every kid, we do have some easy ways to help give our parents the tools they need to support us and our students at home. All you'll need are parent email addresses.
1. Send out email updates
Let parents know what you have been working on in class, what is coming up, and ways they can support their child by sending an email home periodically. You can send images of sample exemplary work to let them know of your expectations or YouTube videos showcasing the proper way to complete an assignment.
The more your parents know, the more they can help ensure their child is working toward maximizing their learning.
Did you collect parent emails on your syllabus? Take the time to create a spreadsheet with all emails to make it easy to copy and paste all year long.
Forgot to ask for email? No problem.
PowerTeacher Pro makes it easy to build an email list for sending out updates to all parents and/or students to let quickly let everyone know what is happening.
Please note: it will only compile the emails of parent who have logged into their PowerSchool portal, but if a parent is missing from the list, you can usually find them in the "Demographics" section of PowerSchool.
Below is a tutorial showing how to quickly build an email list with just a few clicks.
2. Guardian Summaries from Google Classroom
This one is absolute magic, people.
If you add a parent email to Classroom, the parent will receive a weekly update listing what their student completed (or didn't complete) each week, as well as upcoming due dates. Simply copy and paste the parent email into the space in Classroom and let Google do all the work for you.
Did you hear that? No work for you. These send automatically. Enter the email once; you're done for the year.
Receiving support from our parents can't happen if we never show them how or put the resources in their hands.
How do you keep you parents in the loop? Answer in the comments below.
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