Saturday, August 16, 2014

Bright Ideas for the Classroom ~ Get Your Class Newsletter Read at Home!

You've probably walked down this road school hall before...
You write a class newsletter...
To thoroughly communicate with parents.
You spend hours recapping all of your class events, providing important announcements and keeping all our students' families in the loop.
Then you send it home...
And hope...And possibly pray...
That families will actually READ IT!
But, they don't... 
Instead they show up at your class door and ask you questions to which you really wish you could respond with a polite, 
"Didn't you read our class newsletter?" 
But, you don't say that...Because you kind of can't...
Sound familiar?
We felt exactly the same way until we had a Bright Idea!
Like you, we spend a lot of time each week (usually after school hours), keeping our families in the loop. Our class newsletter is our "lifeline to class" and the way we see it, if we take the time to write it, it's extremely important for parents to read! So, we make a little game out of it. Somewhere "hiding" in our class newsletters, is a secret message. Sometimes they are silly...
Sometimes they are sneaky and reinforce our learning... 
But, bottom line...
They always get the message across that we need parents reading our class news. And, with our secret messages, they do. Why? Because we offer the kids a special treat (AKA sticker) if they bring their secret word back to class anytime during the week. And they do...If not the first day, they see their friends celebrating with stickers and want in on the action, so by Day 2 or 3 the secret messages are flying back into class. Shhh...

And, here's a super duper secret...We teachers actually keep track. Yep, we are those teachers. We mark every single secret message off on our class checklist so we know who's in the know and who's not. Then, parent conference time comes along when we really wish you could do respond with a polite, "Didn't you read our class newsletter?" Best teacher secret ever! Shhh...
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11 comments:

  1. This is a great idea. Thank you for sharing!!

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  2. FAbulous idea!! I have to try this-my parents make me CRAZY! They never read the newsletter...sooo rude! I am totally trying this this year!
    Love you girls!!
    Kerri B

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  3. Thanks for sharing1 I'd love to see a sample of your class newsletter. :)

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  4. I love this idea!!! Kids will love it too!

    Jennifer from
    Simply Kinder

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  5. I love this! Since my students are in 6th grade, I want them reading our classroom blog along with their parents. I definitely had increased participation once students caught on that there were extra credit problems embedded in the blog posts!

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  6. I do the exact same thing!! I love how the kids of frequent newsletter readers bring in their task on the day after newsletter day... then it's so funny to see how many more kids catch on throughout the week! :)

    Kate
    EduKate and Inspire

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  7. Thank you for sharing this tip! Will definitely have to give a try... I'm thinking about letting my students write the newsletter this year, maybe that will peak parent interest.
    Dirt Road Teacher

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  8. Brilliant! Simply genius! I am starting this. THANKS!

    Bloomabilities

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    1. What a great idea! I can't wait to use this for our newsletter this year! Thank you for sharing!

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  9. I've announced my pregnancy to parents through the last item on the newsletter. Only one parent so far has said anything...

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  10. Oh my word, this is SUCH a great idea. I am definitely going to try it!

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