Working with Parents for Online Teachers


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In the online classroom as in the face-to-face classroom, students benefit when teachers and parents work together. This course will teach you why and how to communicate with parents. It will also show you how to prepare tips you can offer to parents so that they can better support their children's online learning.

Learning Outcomes By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Understand the rationale for developing partnerships with parents.
  2. Identify and designate regular weekly time for two-way communication with parents.
  3. Design templates for regular one-way communication to parents.
  4. Offer specific ideas to parents of ways to monitor, mentor and motivate their children in the online learning environment.

Organization of the Course

This course is designed flexibly so that you can tailor it to your needs. Unit 1: One-Way Communication, Unit 2: Two-Way Communication, and Unit 3: Tips for Parents can be done in any order that works for you. The final unit, Unit 4: Putting it All Together, should be done last.

Important Note

This is a self-driven course. It is designed to enable you to move through the units at your own pace, and to assess your own progress. Tip - don't try to do everything! Your primary work is with your students, so choose one or two strategies for working with parents to incorporate into your teaching. As you gain confidence, you can add one or two more.

Keeping a Log

Keeping a log is a great way to keep track of the things you learn in this course. Also, throughout the course there are sections that ask you to create various documents, and you can keep those in your log as well. Evernote is an easy way to keep your log, or you can write on paper or in a Word document.

Unit 1: One-Way Communication

Unit 2: Two-Way Communication

Unit 3: Tips for Parents

Unit 4: Putting it All Together