5 Ways To Improve Parent Teacher Communication With Spaces
Strong communication is key when it comes to building strong parent-teacher relationships and establishing a connection between home and school. When parents and teachers are able to effectively communicate well with one another, they are able to support student learning together. In schools around the country, handwritten notes are becoming old school methods with the introduction of new technology. As teachers and families grow acceptance of digital methods, the emergence of communication tools has risen to help enhance parent communication and parent involvement.
Digital portfolios like Spaces, offer a unique window into the classroom to help inform families of student progress and growth over time. With a tool like Spaces, students use their voices in unique ways to capture evidence of learning, giving parents access at their fingertips. In this post, we’ll provide 5 ways to improve parent-teacher communication and why they’re vital to building positive relationships.
Why is Parent Communication Important?
Teachers and parents foster a vital support system for students to grow and thrive. When these groups can work together, it can profoundly impact students' overall learning and well-being. Wonderful things start to occur when parents and teachers communicate more frequently and form a positive connection. With open two-way communication and parent involvement, students begin to develop more trust in their teachers. They can see the care and effort both parents and teachers are putting into their education and as a result, they become more focused, motivated and dedicated to their academic goals.
5 Ways To Improve Parent Teacher Communication With Spaces
Provide Meaningful Feedback to Students
Feedback is an essential part of learning and can greatly improve student learning and achievement.
Professor James Pennebaker from the University of Texas at Austin has been researching the benefits of frequent testing and the feedback it leads to. He explains that in the history of the study of learning, the role of feedback has always been central: “When people are trying to learn new skills, they must get some information that tells them whether or not they are doing the right thing. Learning in the classroom is no exception. Both the mastery of content and, more importantly, the mastery of how to think requires trial-and-error learning.” (5 Research-Based Tips for Providing Students with Meaningful Feedback)
With Spaces, providing real-time meaningful feedback is easy! Within a Spaces account, Teachers can comment on student posts to open two-way communication that allows them to begin reflecting on their growth. We know that students often respond better to different forms of feedback than others. That’s why we’ve created the ability to provide feedback in written form, through audio recording, and images.
Capture And Showcase Evidence Of Student Learning
Along with meaningful feedback, capturing evidence of learning is crucial to fostering growth in student learning. Providing visual evidence of growth towards specific learning outcomes and standards allows students and parents to see their progress in real-time.
With Spaces, teachers can easily import and set up classroom goals tied to standards or curriculum outcomes. Using Curriculum Tags allows teachers to easily assess and connect students’ work evidence to specific outcomes in order to tell the story behind the grade. This provides an opportunity for parents to view the work that leads up to a grade as it happens.
Invite Families Into Your Classroom
What better way to help improve the parent-teacher relationship than to provide a unique window into the classroom. Allowing families to view the learning as it happens provides transparency that otherwise would be shared in a handwritten note, at a parent teacher conference or at school events. With Spaces, teachers can determine what is visible to families and can enable the ability to comment and react to student posts.
Foster Open Two-Way Conversations
Teachers know the importance of keeping up effective lines of communication with parents to provide any updates for their students. Positive two-way communication between parents and teachers helps improve a child’s academic performance, making it even more important to improve communication. Additionally, ongoing conversations and communication allow teachers to tailor their approach and teaching strategies to best support the students' needs. Understanding how important this aspect of teaching is, Spaces integrated messaging directly into the communication tool keeping everything all in one place.
With the messaging tool in Spaces, teachers can send messages to students, co-teachers and families with ease. There is also the ability to create channels with select individuals to assist in tailoring and streamlining effective communication. Get started messaging in Spaces today, learn how to get the most out of this feature here.
Frequency! Post, Post, Post!
The last and arguably most important tip to improving communication in the classroom is frequency. Especially so with a tool like Spaces, it is important to maintain consistency in using the tool in your classroom to get the most out of your teaching. Nobody wants to be ghosted and definitely not by their teacher! When a Spaces account is fully utilized, the classroom becomes robust with evidence of learning that speaks for itself. In order to build and contribute to a digital portfolio, consistency is key.
Remember that it’s a three-way relationship in the classroom between the student, the teacher, and the parents that only benefits by working together to help students achieve their potential. Communication between teachers and parents is essential to improving a better sense of community and learning environment. Tools like Spaces offer a wealth of ways to help improve parent-teacher communication and an abundance of resources to help students, parents, and teachers navigate K-12 with ease.