Sunday, August 14, 2011

The One With The Parent Contact Folder

Tomorrow is the big day! School officially starts tomorrow morning at 8:00 AM. I have to say that I'm really looking forward to this year.

I wanted to share with you a little organization tip that I learned from my mentor teacher my first year of teaching. It has to do with parents. I don't know about you, but I am constantly in contact with my students' parents. It happens in many different ways, anything from email to a quick conversation at the grocery store. There is no way the parents or I could remember all the conversations we've had throughout the year.

To help me remember the conversations, I keep a parent contact binder.

Each student has his or her own page in the binder. They are organized alphabetically by last name.

Whenever I have any contact with a parent, I make a quick note of it in the binder on that student's page. If it is an email, I print the email and place it in the binder behind the student's page.

This notebook has saved me a time or two.

There are many other ways to do this exact same thing, but I have found this works well for me.

1 comment:

  1. I have a small chart on the back of the student information sheet that goes home and gets signed. This way everything is together. Also on the same side of the page, I keep a smaller chart that keeps progress report and report card grades. This way, if students have a schedule change after the first semester and they go to another teacher, that teacher knows how the student was doing without having to take the time to look it up.