I can recite the names of all my elementary school teachers as easily as I can go through the letters in the alphabet.
My parents, on the other hand, donâ€™t remember a single one of my educators. And I certainly donâ€™t blame them! They met with my teachers twice per year: back-to-school night and parent-teacher night. They checked the boxes and moved on.
Now having a daughter of my own, Iâ€™m eager to be a different parent: one that works hand-in-hand with teachers and knows whatâ€™s happening at school so I can be helpful at home. I realize that teachers have twenty (or more) of these beautiful little humans – all of whom have parents that want to be involved. Itâ€™s a challenge for only the brave!
As a part of the ClassDojo team, Iâ€™m excited to help teachers and parents strengthen their relationships. Technology canâ€™t solve everything, but it can certainly help.
Beginning this week, teachers and parents can now access Class Story – an addition to ClassDojo that lets teachers safely and instantly share important updates, photos of amazing moments, and announcements to all parents.
We know there are lots of ways to keep parents in the loop but, as we dug deeper alongside teachers, none of them seem to make life easier. Phone calls are wonderful, but you end up focusing on children who are struggling and leave other parents in the dark. Twitter, Facebook, and class websites are interesting options, but privacy-wise open up a can of worms.
Class Story is a beautiful, Instagram-like feed of whatâ€™s happening in the classroom: teachers can share moments instantly – whether they are photos or just quick notes – and only parents can see these posts. Our hope is this makes it easier for parents to stay engaged without eating up valuable class time, and maybe they’ll get to know their kids and their teachers just a little bit better!
Have a wonderful 2015-16 school year!