This week I gave my kiddos a break from writing. It was actually a bit unintentional but between life, and delays/schedule changes, and well, there ya go. Between said delays, and missing days myself, I feel like I’ve barely seen my kids this week, but that of course does not mean I have thought about them any less. When writing my reflection of a student’s piece of writing, I feel like I got this whole new sense of pride about the awesome things my students are doing with writing this semester. I’ve wrote several times about how impressed I am with their ability to pick up this strategy I’ve thrown at them, and have completely blown the roof off my expectations. As teachers, we all, unfortunately know how it goes with students: we seem to be in constant contact when there are behavior/grade issues, but tend to let the others slip by. While I am sure the parents of these students know how awesome their kid is, I wanted to take the opportunity to write a few emails and show them the work their kids are doing.
Email has definitely changed our world, and say what you will about the dying art of conversation, as a teacher, it sure is a time-saver. It’s much simpler and quicker to send an email (even a somewhat lengthy one!) to a parent than it is to try to get a hold of them on the phone, then end up playing phone tag, etc. So! I constructed a few emails and sent them out to parents about the awesome things their kids are doing in my class, and even sent along some writing examples highlighting their creativity. While it was a labor of love, what I didn’t expect were the overwhelmingly appreciative responses that made it absolutely, 110% worth the 20 minutes out of my day. Parents were so excited to see the writing (I could tell by the large usage of exclamation marks) and I hope that it was nice to hear positive feedback about their student.
I was an
overachiever good student myself and wonder if my mom ever heard anything from teachers about the neat things I was doing in class. It sure would’ve brightened her day to get a call/email from a teacher and it not be about my rotten younger brother. All in all, to toot my own horn just a smidge, I was proud of myself for reaching out to parents, something I definitely do not do enough of, and has really encouraged me to seek out bright spots about these awesome kids, and then let their parents feel the same pride in them that I do daily!!