Okay, I haven't been as good about this as I hoped to be. I said I was going to spread more positivity to parents via email, but I've really only done couple since I set this goal on Day 9. That's me for ya: I'm an idea person. Follow through? Not so much. I would be unstoppable if I had the focus and organization to follow through with all of my great ideas.
The positive notes to parents that I did send were from my advisory "Homebase" group. Our homebase kids have to send an email of their grades every Monday so their parents and advisor can nip any issues in the bud. We encourage this to be three-way communication between student, parent, and teacher. Most parents never reply. I wrote a thank-you email to the five parents in my homebase that always respond, without fail, to their students' emails. I even got a thank-you in return for the part I take in helping with a student who struggles.
My excuse for not being better with follow-through is this: during that time I was commenting on and grading trimester finals for all of my students (138). On high-stakes, final writing, I write a response letter to each student. That's about 50 pages of single-spaced letters, tailored to each individual student, focusing on their strengths and weaknesses and the feedback they specifically asked me for in a Dear Reader letter. Here's a link to the letters: Tri 1 Response Letters
Forgive the typos (as I ask my students): I wrote them fast, since I always try to return papers and the letters within a week of turn-in. Many kids choose to put my letters in their conference folders so their parents can see what I wrote to them, so I'm allowing it to count as part of my positivity goal.
I teach 7th and 8th grade English in rural Iowa and hope to reflect, connect, and share with other English teachers. Iowa Council of Teachers of English Executive Board member. Iowa Writing Project superfan. UNI MA:TESS graduate.