As you prepare for a new school year, you may be considering a parent board. Here are a few tips of what you might want to consider for your parent board.
Let me begin by saying that the most important things about a parent board are…
- Location: The parent board needs to be placed where it can easily be seen and accessed or your parents will easily overlook it. Keep in in a location where it is at parent’s eye level and within parent reach.
- Updates: If you want parents to actually look at the parent board then you have to be committed to keeping the parent board updated with the most recent information.
- Useful: You have to plan ahead and put things on the board that are useful to the parent like extra copies of newsletters, the menu, or field trip forms.
- Commitment: This may seem like an odd word choice but if you throw up a board and title it “Parent Board” but never think about it again, then parents will not get into the habit of looking at the board. You have to be committed to making the parent board a part of your communication strategy.
- Time: Take the time to remind your parents to view the parent board for the most recent updates but make sure you have taken the time to add those updates!
What you might include on the parent board….
A sign that clearly labels the board as a parent board…
A copy of your weekly menu
A copy of your class schedule
A list of students that are in your class
An overview of your weekly lesson plan
A place with current information such as field trip forms, newsletter, or other.
A pocket folder with extra copies of field trip forms and newsletters for those that didn’t quite make it home in their back packs!
Add a photo of yourself and any other teachers and include your names!