Parents Are Welcome!:Slice of Life Tuesday June 17, 2014

I remember a time in my teaching when the thought of parents observing me as I taught was horrifying.  But as I got more comfortable in my teacher skin I realized how important it was to make a parent a friend by inviting them in to see what was going on, what was really  going on in my classroom, how hard it was to teach their kids, keep them in engaged for my 42 minutes with them.  Just that act of invitation was so important and correct for them and the kids in my room.  Of course they have a right to be there, but even more important their kids need to have them see just how great they are.  It’s time for shining and yesterday, I watched as Tara’s kids were shining as they shared their year of learning with their parents in room 202.

It was early to be up and out for me but of course Tara was there getting things set up when I arrived and we had time for a chat.  She was ready, the kids were ready and there was that wonderful excitement as parents filed in to claim a seat in the back of the room where they could find a comfy spot.  An essential audience for publishing.

First Tara shared the video documenting their evolution as writers.   I took a spot on the side of the room   to watch the kids as they watched themselves.  Then each kid introduced a project they were proud of, poised and clear, and then parents got up and took a museum walk with the kids and everyone was engaged in reading and leaving a comment behind. I have pictures and video that documents the experiences, but honestly, you had to be there.

What a climax to a great year working with Tara.  I’m very lucky to be living so close to my Slicer buddy and like the parents who attended yesterday, so welcomed.  I have witnessed a great teacher, loved and respected by her students and parents!

I hope there’s more to come….

Here’s a taste of the day with rewards…

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8 thoughts

  1. Great recap of a fun day! Sometimes in the flurry of teaching and doing it all, we can forget that there are important family members who love them and need to be a part of this. I always loved the culminating activities where parents were guests and could sit back and just be proud of their child!

  2. What an amazing year you’ve preserved! This must have been the icing on the cake for you. How fun to watch the kids watch themselves! You are incredibly lucky to be so close to your slicer pal.

  3. One of the best part of the teaching year for me was out annual Curriculum Faire where parents would come in and see what their children worked on throughout the year. The pride on their faces as well as the students was always a joy to behold. Of course, parents were always welcome in my classroom to see what was going on. They have a right to know what I am doing with their child for the 50 minutes I have them.

  4. Having parents really “see” their children in action is the cherry on top in addition to all the things they already know about the year. I’ve so enjoyed seeing what you and Tara have done together, Bonnie, am jealous too. You are lucky, indeed, to have had the year’s time together.

  5. What a wonderful glimpse into Tara’s classroom and your collaboration. The combination of video, photos and narrative bring the year to life. I hope you and Tara will be able to continue this partnership next year. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  6. It is nerve wracking at first to invite parents in, isn’t it? But when you have genuine, authentic, good teaching happening…. suddenly you don’t feel so nervous! I’m sure the parents were impressed with the kids’ work and confidence. And, of course, with Miss Tara….

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