They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I agree.
A picture can be an excellent tool to use when seeking positive ways to
communicate with the parents of our students. I
love sharing photos of my students in action at school. This stems from many years
ago when I gave a parent a few extra snapshots of her twins at the end of the
school year, and she burst into tears. These photos were the very first she
ever had of her 3-year-old son and daughter. This experience really opened my
eyes to a component of not only working with families from a lower income
bracket, but the value of what a few good pictures could do to open doors with
families. This mom had been somewhat uninterested in her children’s education
for their first year of preschool. The following year, she was much more
involved by coming to parent conferences, activities and even volunteering for
a field trip. I truly think that those photos opened that door for her to
become more interactive in her children’s education.
Teachers struggle to find that one thing that gives
them an opening to a positive relationship with their students’ families. On
the first day of school, I make a small picture page for each of my kids doing
their thing at school. I also do this on special days when we have classroom
visitors or if we have a special activity. The students are excited to show the
picture page to their families. Parents are always so appreciative to see their
child in action at school!
I have a unique situation in that the parents
come to school every day to pick up their child. I teach in one of seven Early
Childhood classrooms at our child care collaboration site, Circles of Learning.
The kids come for child care, and an RPS 205 teacher provides full Early Childhood
programming during the school year to those students. I capitalize on the fact
that parents are in my building every day by posting a “Daily Photo Bomb”
outside my classroom door so parents can see what we were up to that day*. This has been a great way to show
families that we do so much more than just babysitting or playing. They see the
reasons behind what we do, and it gives them something to talk about with their
child at home. Once the daily photo bomb is taken down, it is put into a binder
so the kids can revisit our experiences over the course of the year. It is our
favorite book for independent reading.
How can you use photos to encourage your
families to become more interested and involved at school? I hope you consider
giving any ideas you have a try!
*Note: Remember to check your files to make sure students
have parental permission be photographed at school.
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