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The trouble with parents is...

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Started by Tessa Gray 18 Aug 2015 10:47am () Replies (5)

...they never turn up! 

How many of us find it hard to get parents to attend learning events at school (beyond the sports events)? 

There can be for a number of legitimate reasons they don't/wont/can't attend (time, comfort, relevance), so to address this, there a growing number of school leaders and teachers taking the next step to contact parents/whānau and care-givers personally. They're using cellphones, Facebook and messaging services to keep parents up-to-date and informed about their child's learning - including the good bits!

Building Relationships Through the Use of Technology is a great blog post illustrating "how technology can enhance, amplify, and accelerate leadership" where one school leader highlights the power of connecting with students by personally responding to their blogs online.

How have you (teachers/leaders) used technology to engage with students and parents - to increase their confidence, attendance, interaction and participation with school? We'd love to hear more. smiley


  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 27 Aug 2015 11:26am ()

    Thanks for this link and personal view as a parent Clive. Great infographic too. Te Toi Tupu is about to release a good-news story where one secondary principal made contact with every family/whānau in his school by personally phoning each and every one of them. Their attendance for reporting sessions went from 16% to a whopping 86%. I'll post this in here once the story goes live.

    Food and care for the kids too, is often a good way to encourage parents in for meetings. Like you Clive, I also love getting the emails from my son's teachers - whether it's a whole class email or personal contact, it's always a timely way to connect.

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 27 Aug 2015 11:29am ()

    Nice one Allanah, the stories are so visually appealing and it's amazing to think that this inspired some further learning at home. Yayyy smiley

    Having a short voting polls is also a good way to encourage interaction from parents/whānau too. 

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