Building the Network
As I was sitting at my desk through P/T interviews last night (conferences for those who prefer that term), during a break I was doing my usual practice of marking student work. Yes, I am a principal and still teach. That’s the way it is in rural Sask. and that’s OK.
I had my laptop there so I could show the parent’s the breakdown of their child’s mark with our fancy program. Parent’s seem to like this as it is clear concise info.
While I had the chance, I began to show off the class blog. I discussed it’s purpose, etc. and even discussed of how I was trying to “break the mold” of the traditional HS teacher. We listened to the embedded Voicethread, where she listened to her son’s comment on an issue. Overall, she seemed impressed and thought the practice was valuable. I encouraged her as a parent to visit and comment, and also help spread the word. I need to collect my parent’s emails and send a direct message to promote the blog. Why did I not do this earlier????? Ugh!
Actually, many parents out here do not have emails, or do not use them. Many folks here live on farms and can only get dial-up service, hence long loading times, time-outs, much to their chagrin. Come on SaskTel!
I broadcasted the blog in a memo home, as I know most parents get these. No comments yet, but hits (I think).
Anyways, keep on moving forward, bit by bit. Want to leave a comment on an issue and let my students see that people, from all over, can visit the blog? Check out the Law 30 blog as linked above.