While I was playing around on Twitter tonight, checking on one of the chats that I follow, I came across this interesting blog post. I am not sure who the author is (I tried looking in a number of different places on the blog but couldn’t come up with anything). It is entitled Sharing with Parents. The author describes how they invited the parents in to partake in a sharing session one Friday afternoon. The students had completed six weeks of classes and they seemed very excited to share with their parents what they had learned while in school. I wish that I had the time to do something like this with my parents this year. I have extended the invitation numerous times to have parents come in and volunteer in my classroom and I have had a few takers on it. The number of parent volunteers is lower this year than last year however and I am not sure why. I guess there could be a few reasons, one is that it is a different group of students whose parents may have different commitments that last year’s group and also my school division has implemented a new policy where the parents have to have a Criminal Record Check in order to be in the classroom. To date, I only have six or seven out of forty-two parents who have given me a copy of their Criminal Record Check so this limits the number of parents who are able to volunteer to help me. As for parents in the classroom for special events, I did have a Kindergarten Liturgy for my new students and the parents were able to see a few things that their child has been learning, so I guess I have done some parent involvement activities.
On another note, while I was exploring the website I came across some other interesting post. One in particular was about how this classroom used technology in the classroom. This post describes the many different ways that they students use technology in the classroom. I am a little jealous reading the different things that they do because it appears as if the iPad is used often in the classroom. I would love to be able to provide my students with an opportunity like that (especially because I am sure that many of them already have background knowledge as to how to use it) in my classroom. There is a short video on the site and it shows the students interacting with their parents and if you pay close attention you will notice a number of different pieces of technology used in the classroom. There are children on laptops, using iPads, adults taking pictures, etc.