Had a great senior school parent teacher evening last night after the inspirational #edchatNZ twitter forum last week. The topic under discussion was how to engage parents in technology. On the Friday after the chat I set up parent class mailing lists and emailed all the parents letting them know what we were doing with regards to google drive and other technology and how they could get involved and hopefully improve NCEA achievement. There was a good response with quite a few parents replying immediately and many more over the next few days. I reminded them to come to the parent teacher evening this week......
I had a great turnout, and didn't stop talking to parents between 4:30 and 6:30! The best thing was being able to show parents the homework that we completed last week where the students reflected on each others social responsibility. The visual method of looking at the graphs on how they thought each other behaved was really powerful and there was no denial from students about how they acted in the lesson. Hopefully this dealt some of the students the truth on how they were performing - discussing it with peers in class, and now talking about it with parents, it was solid proof to everyone involved how the students were doing in class - good or bad!!
A really positive experience from all involved and although some boys went home with their tails between their legs I was really glad they came along and 'manned' up to their behaviour and looked at ways into building on what we have been working on so far this year.
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