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ETAP 623 Fall 2019 (Zhang) | Fostering a Home School Relationship | Shelby Ingrassia

Home School Relationship

Lesson 3:

How can I implement a Home School Relationship?

There are so many ways you can implement a home school relationship. First, you need to think about what grade level you are in, since that should play a deciding role on how often you need to communicate with parents.

For example, I teach first grade, I talk to my student's parents about 2-3 times a week, some student's every day. This is because my student's cannot read and will most likely not remember to share information with their families that I tell them. Due to this, I rely on my communication with their families. In my classroom I:

  • Send home weekly newsletters with our planners, on this newsletter, I include homework, goals for the upcoming units, important dates to remember, and any reminders necessary.
  • Use an online classroom platform (I use ClassTag)

The difference in my classroom, whereas a tenth grade classroom, a teacher would not need to send home parent newsletters with reminders. At this age level, I would suggest using a classroom platform that has grades posted on it, so parents always know where their student is at academically.

Referenced Research

The University of Nebraska offers a great document highlighting the different methods of implementing a home school relationship.

Methods of Implementing a Home School Relationship Document

I am a big advocate for having my students be involved in communication with their parents. When I have student make a mistake and spend recess with me. Before I call their parent, I have the student write a letter to their parent about why they received this consequence. I do this because it holds the student responsible. Parents often appreciate hearing the truth from their child.

Check out this Ted Talk about home school relationships and we, as educators are closing the gap.

Fostering Home School Relationship Ted Talk

Ted Talk

Using Technology

In an article by the Future Lab Organization in the U.K., the authors focused upon the benefits of technology to foster, a home school relationship.

"Communication difficulties between parents and teachers can present barriers. This can include parents for whom English is not their first language, parents with disabilities, those who feel that they do not have the ‘right’ vocabulary to speak to teachers, and those parents with literacy difficulties who found it difficult to understand the way that information was communicated to them" (p.23, 2010).

Lesson 3 Wrap Up

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Lesson 4:

Time for Action: Actively Implement a Home School Relationship.

You are almost done with this course! Now it is time for you to implement a home school relationship.

During this time you are going to be actively developing a home-school relationship, and then you will reflect on your experience.

You will need to do the following: 1. Choose 2 students and their family you want to bridge a relationship.

2. Choose a platform (or multiple) you want to communicate with parents with. These can be an online platform, newsletters etc.

3. For two weeks, actively communicate with your students families and document the experience.

4. At 2 weeks, complete the Google Form below to share your experience.


Lesson 4 Wrap Up

You will reflect on your experience implementing a home school relationship. Please clarify the following:

  1. What grade level do you teach?
  2. What method did you use to foster a home school relationship?
  3. How long did you foster this relationship before reflecting upon it?
  4. How did you feel this experience went?
  5. What would you do differently?
  6. Do you feel it benefited your student's learning experience?
  7. How did the course assist you to foster a home school relationship?

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