It’s not just our students we’ve got to differentiate for!

…We’ve also got to differentiate for our parents!

One of my favourite blogs that I subscribe to, “Making Good Humans”, shed light on the subject of differentiating for our parents this week. Thank you! 🙂

Immediately when I think about differentiation for our parents, I think about it in terms of language – which is totally tricky when you have eight non-English languages being spoken amongst your parent community! But this article talks about differentiating our expectations for parents. What do we expect from them? Are our ISPP guidelines for communication adequate? Existent and consistent across the board? How do we moderate how much is the right amount of communication?

Check out this article for some perspective on this less-thought about audience for differentiation! 🙂

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9 thoughts on “It’s not just our students we’ve got to differentiate for!”

  1. Great post, I have often wondered about my class blog and what it is the parents want to see. Do they want to see a lot of photos of their child at school, a lot of text about current curriculum a bit of both? I also wonder how I can get more parent involvement with comments on the blog. When you add non-English speaking or limited English speaking parents into that it makes it challenging to effectively communicate to everyone.

    P.S I think you do a very good job on your class blog communicating what has happened during the week in a variety of different formats.

    1. Well thanks, Courtney! 🙂
      Yea, how much is too much? I try to give as much information as I think I’d want but it’s hard to know because I’m not a parent! AND English is my first (and only solid) language!

  2. Love this post Melinda. Thought provoking stuff indeed. I’ve been exploring ways for parents to leave comments on the blog rather than just writing – maybe using something like Storypark to contribute a video response or write in their own language. As a parent I love seeing photos and video of my child. It tells me not just what he is doing but how he is approaching it and his social interactions.

    1. I hear you! I try to give my parents a lot of visual of what’s happening in class…what I’d want to see if I was a parent…but at the end of the day, I’m not a parent so I don’t have that #perspective! I think the best way for a parent to understand what we do in a school day, is to show them. I try to show them. 🙂

  3. Thanks for sharing that article Melinda! I’ve always worried that I don’t differentiate enough for parents and that they must feel so overwhelmed receiving all of their child’s school communications in English.
    I often think that we communicate often with parents (which I think is good), but on the flipside, it must be overwhelming for parents who have trouble understanding the emails and blogposts.

  4. I agree. All of the sites we rely on for communication to parent in the secondary are in English and very difficult to navigate for a non English speaker. If parent’s aren’t in the loop about their student’s progress, but they can’t read the comments, can we blame them?

  5. I agree also. I pop information on the class blog, send out an email and wonder why many parents are confused.

    I showed my students how to access the google translate tab on the side of my blog so their parents could translate. We had a try and the students laughed saying the post made no sense.

    I have suggested the students read the blog with their parents, discuss what is happening. In reality I know this will not happen often … and is not a solution for parents of younger students.

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