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Back to School Block Party: Week 3 Communicating with Parents


Hey everyone! Welcome to the third week of the back to school block party! This week we will all be chatting about communicating with parents. In a self contained special ed classroom, my students are not always able to go home and tell their parents all about their day. Parents are so desperately craving this type of communication at home so I want to do my part to help them along the way! 

I don't know about you, but I LOVE SHARK TANK! I mean it is some great tv on a Friday night after a long week in the classroom. Well last year I was watching this show (and maybe drinking some wine :)) and THE BEST  APP EVER showed up in the tank. It is called Brightwheel. 


This amazing app was designed for students in a day care that can't go home and tell their parents about their day and a light bulb went off in my head that this will be PERFECT to implement in the 2016-2017 school year. 

I highly suggest that you check out this app if you have parents with smart phones. It is like DOJO, but it doesn't require any incentive---I feel like I have so much incentive going on in my classroom I don't need DOJO points (but that is JUST ME--I know dojo can be super successful many classrooms. 

Here are some of my favorite features of Brightwheel: 

You can send pictures of the students to the parents! I love this because I do not give out my personal number so the parents can have instant pictures without e-mailing them which can prompt some conversations at home between parent and child. 

Calendar: I can update the parents on class/school events 

Food/Bathroom Data: My para will have access as a teacher as well so when they are at lunch and the child isn't eating or seems to still be hungry she can give a quick note...these are the types of things that tend to be forgotten at the end of a busy day. Bathroom data, to help with potty training from school to home!

Learning/Assessments: I am able to click on different topics such as fine motor, cognitive, social and give a little report about successes and struggles though out the day. 


Now the only con I see to this is there is not a feature for the parents to write a note to me. I am hoping this is in the works. They have updates all the time! 

If you are curious about bright wheel check out this video from their web site here


Hop on over and check out how Especially Education communicates with parents!



3 comments

  1. I was so excited for this week because I remember you telling me you were going to fill us in on this app! I am so excited about :) I am going to do my research on it today and see how I can incorporate it into my classroom. Thanks!

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  2. THANK YOU for posting about this! A few of my colleagues sold me on using Classroom Dojo this year solely for the fact that you can communicate with parents through the app. I have my own reinforcement system in the classroom, so I like this much better. Thanks again!

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  3. I also love Shark Tank! haha! I'm totally excited for the app! I'm going to share tomorrow at our staff meeting!

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