June 11, 2003
Every Friday, I email the next week's assignment and test schedule, as well as any major due dates coming up, to parents and students. I also include any notes on upcoming guest speakers or field trips, or notes on what we're studying in class, doing in the lab, etc. I teach high school, and very few students at that age share important school-related information with their parents. The parents are grateful to have the information, and it also gives them a way to contact me that is much more convenient than phone tag. The students like having the information available, in case they forget the assignment or miss a school day. It helps me out too, because parents are able to stay on top of the students at home, making sure they finish their homework and study for tests! Grades have improved several percentage points overall since I've started weekly emails to parents.