Classroom Management

Positivity Notes

One way that I communicate with parents is through email. Each week, I try to send an email to a parent with something positive their student has done.  Think about it and ask yourself – What is the main reason teachers call home or write home to a parent?  Usually Johnny is in trouble! What if you were contacted by a teacher for the simple fact that you wanted to say something positive? From the art teacher, no less? This makes a huge impact.

Here are some examples of notes I have sent home:

If this gives you the warm fuzzies to read, wait until you read the responses from the parents!

So, writing notes home to parents does many things:

1. Communicates something POSITIVE

2. Builds relationships

3. Makes both parties feel pretty great!

Think about it, what have you done, or do you want to do, to improve the following three points above? Please share! Positivity is contagious.

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Jessica Balsley

Jessica Balsley is AOEU’s Founder and a former AOEU Writer and elementary art educator. She is passionate about helping art teachers enhance their lives and careers through relevant professional development.

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