Passing Notes: A Parent-Teacher Blog
Passing Notes is for every parent who has a question about their child’s school, their classroom, or the educational system in general, and is dedicated to every teacher with something to say (that would be yours truly). It is also a way to engage in a conversation between families and educators, and any other stakeholders who value: knowledge-sharing, creativity, student success, and constructing a learning community.
As a parent, I often field questions from friends that surprise me…coming from a teaching standpoint, I’m familiar with processes, terminology, curriculum and methods used by lots of teachers, but most parents are not, hence the launch of this blog – (hey, I might not know what a Stapedectomy is unless I were a surgeon). You see, this blog originally started as an e-mail to a friend who had asked advice about a situation in her daughter’s classroom. Five pages later, I decided that I have:
a) a lot of teaching experience under my belt;
b) an academic underpinning for the above-mentioned experience;
c) a love of writing; &
d) a sincere wish to increase parent-teacher communication and enrich students’ learning experiences.
Though it is not an advice column, there’s lot’s of room to engage in discourse. It’s a place to question and explore themes and issues related to education as well as find user-friendly family resources to enrich your child’s life at home, with experiences related to the Ontario Curriculum. I hope that it is as useful and informative as you’d like your communication with your teacher to be, and in order for that to happen, I welcome all sorts of input from you (and your child).
What will you find here? All manner of questions/ conversations (yes, even the difficult ones, – wait, – especially the difficult ones!), my thoughts (which are to blame for keeping me up at night), and insights into the often-misunderstood world of the classroom. I aim to provide links to incredible children’s literature, resources and ideas to enrich your child’s educational experience in the home (e.g., HOMEwork WITHOUT WORKSHEETS), by providing simple ideas to enhance their understanding of concepts by grade and in accordance with TOC (The Ontario Curriculum). As my learning curve about embracing this (new-to-me) technology increases, I hope to find refreshing new ways in which to engage with you.