Parent communication is really important to me. It is a priority. I know that my students will have a better year if I connect with them but I also know that connecting with their parents is important too. I have a running list in my head. I'm always compiling the next email or blog update in my head. And I always intend to get that email crafted. I intend to update the blog. Time just gets away from me.
Then, I'm not all that motivated to update the blog when I see the stats. Even when I send out an email letting parents know that I've updated the blog and that there is important information for them there, the stats showing visitors are disappointing. I get it though.
I am the parent of two teenagers. Our lives are really busy. They play sports and my daughter dances. My husband and I work full time. Their schools are great at communicating with families. We have emails in our inbox from each school at least twice a week. We care about their educations . We really do. Still, keeping up with all of the communication isn't easy.
What I know for sure is that I care about my students and their parents surely do too. We're all doing our best. I wonder what would be possible for me if I could just do my best and not be so judgie. I judge myself ALL THE TIME and I even judge the parents who don't get around to reading my blogs.
Well, tonight I designed a Google Form so that I could invite parents to parent teacher conferences. I emailed the parents with a link to the form. I also updated my blog and I emailed parents to let them know that it has been updated. Maybe they'll visit the blog. Maybe they won't. It is actually okay either way. We are all just doing our best.