The following is a blog for my EOTC class. This is about ways to communicate with the parents and students regularly.
One way of communicating with the parents is providing updates to release grades through a grade portal. At my new school I will be sending these through Infinite Campus. With an online classes you can do this too. Whenever I updated a lot of grades, I would always send out a message to students and parents to let them know they had been updated. One thing to be careful about doing with these group emails is to send them via BCC because of FERPA. I noticed that the program I was using was doing that but never understood why until now.
I do not have access to my old emails but they looked something like this.
Dear Parents and Students,
I just finished grading the Photo Scavenger Hunt. This was our 2nd major grade this semester. Your updated and average and the grade for the assignment have been posted online.
If you did not turn in this assignment your grade probable dropped significantly because there are so few grades in the grade book at this time. Fall break is coming up and you may need to spend some of this time catching up on your work. Your grade will go up when you turn in this assignment, so please do it soon.
If you need any help please attend my online session on Tuesdays or email me.
Another way of communicating with all the shareholders is by using newsletters. This is something I have never done before but it looks like I am gong to be using . These look like a good place to brag about what is going on in your classroom. Here is the example I created using more.
I hope you enjoyed my blog. Let me know what you think about my newsletter.