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How do we know we are improving home school school partnerships?

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Started by Allanah King 07 Aug 2011 10:56am () Replies (8)

So if our goal is to improve home school partnerships how can gauge how successful we are are doing it?


  • Allanah King (View all users posts) 07 Aug 2011 11:00am ()

    Our Moturoa class blog has been going for a few years now

    Is that a way to gauge success? Many of those views were from our own class as it is a resource hub for our on line activities.

    Many views and comments are from my Personal Learning Network, not parents/whanau.

    I know many parents view the blog but don't leave written feedback.

    So how could I better gauge parental/whanau engagement?

  • Enabling e-Learning (View all users posts) 08 Aug 2011 8:06am ()

    This is a great question, Allanah. Can you directly ask them? - a wee survey, or discussion with parents might help you find out how parents feel about, use and value the blog, how it is shared at home, what parents might want in the future.

    A bigger question might be: what are we looking for when we talk about 'parental/whānau engagement'? Perhaps there are different levels of engagement: reading but not commenting; discussing posts with their children at home; making affirming comments on the blog; asking direct, learning questions on the blog; sharing the link with others...

    I also wonder, when I look at discussions such as this one about deliberately supporting students to blog,  whether families also benefit from a deliberate process. Maybe some parents want to comment but are not sure how?

    It's a great question to be ponderingSmile

  • Allanah King (View all users posts) 09 Aug 2011 2:45pm ()

    In the past I have run a couple of Sunday afternoon blogging sessions to show them how easy blogging is and to support them in making their own family blog.

    From the feedback at the time I thought they were very successful. Maybe it is about time we offered the same sort of thing again- opening it to the wider community- not just parents.

  • Enabling e-Learning (View all users posts) 15 Aug 2011 9:11am ()

    Would a survey work? Or ask the students to interview their parents with a set of questions they've worked on together? There's a great tie-in for maths with data analysisWink

  • Allanah King (View all users posts) 15 Aug 2011 9:57am ()

    A little survey using Google Forms or on paper might be good but I tend to shy away from surveys as I always tend to think of the right questions to ask after I have got all the responses back. Maybe a bit of a group think on waht questions to ask might be useful.


    Can you help us frame some questions???

  • Enabling e-Learning (View all users posts) 15 Aug 2011 10:09am ()

    It doesn't have to be a survey. Start with the focus then break it down. I wonder if you need to start with your aims: why do you want parents to get involved with the blog? What are you hoping it will achieve?e.g. Greater awareness of learning? Active involvement in learning discussions?...and what would this look like?

    ...then turn it into a main question: e.g. To what extent are the parents interacting with learning via the blog?

    ...Then start to frame some sub-questions that would lead to answering that question

    e.g. how often do they read it? how do they know there's a new post? what do they enjoy seeing? have they posted? why/why not?

    ...I'm sure we could add to this....I'll look at the Google doc, too. I guess it's like a wee action research projectWink but it also depends on how important this is to spend time on.

    Anyone else?

  • Mieke Smits (View all users posts) 16 Aug 2011 8:08pm ()

    Brainstorm questions during a staff meeting and send these questions to all parents via hard copy and a copy on the school website so that the wider community can make comments and put ideas forward as well.

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