Nov 9, 2010

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Positivity Notes

One way that I communicate with parents is through email. Each week, I try to send an email to a parent with something positive their student has done.  Think about it and ask yourself - What is the main reason teachers call home or write home to a parent?  Usually Johnny is in trouble! What if you were contacted by a teacher for the simple fact that you wanted to say something positive? From the art teacher, no less? This makes a huge impact.

Here are some examples of notes I have sent home:

If this gives you the warm fuzzies to read, wait until you read the responses from the parents!

So, writing notes home to parents does many things:

1. Communicates something POSITIVE

2. Builds Relationships

3. Makes both parties feel pretty great! (filling buckets goes both ways, people! )

So think about it, what have you done, or do you want to do, to improve the following three points above? Please share! Positivity is contagious.

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  • Kendra Danielson

    I love your blog!!! I just discovered it yesterday and can’t get enough. I need some time to read all of your archives.

    Last year I started to send home postcards to parents. The idea came after I (at 38) was forced to take one more of the many boxes that have been sitting in my parent’s basement 3 hours from me! I found a postcard from my h.s. Biology teacher and copied his wording.
    “Just to let you know…..
    Your child is one of the reasons that I love being a teacher!”
    It is simple. My goal is to send home 3 per week from each of my schools. I do this alphabetically- week 1=a,b,c last names, and on and on.
    Speaking of…I need to get 3 more in the mail before I head home tonight!

    • Jessica Balsley

      Thanks for stopping by – I am so glad you are enjoying the blog! I like your postcard idea and it’s another great way to start building those positive relationships with parents. I also like that it was inspired by one of your own teachers. Pass the passion! Keep in touch, I am sure you have much to share.

    • MadisonArtTeacher

      I love the postcard idea! I need to stop reading this blog. It’s giving so much extra work. Really though, wonderful ideas!

      • Jessica Balsley

        That is how I feel sometimes, too. Make a file and put them away in your idea box. Gradually you will do them as you refine your teaching. You should see my idea list, it’s endless…