After spending years trying to give parents all the information they need via back to school night and periodic notes, I began to publish a handbook. I distribute the handbook to students for their parents on the first day. I include:
- a brief bio of me;
- my classroom management philosophy and practices;
- my homework policy;
- tips on things like study habits, age appropriate books, good TV programs , etc; and
- general information about the PTO, snow closings, birthday celebrations, school services, etc.
The handbook has been very well received and has saved me the time and effort of repeating myself to many parents asking the same question. It makes parents more comfortable to have general knowledge of what to expect. It takes time to do the first edition, but just needs updates in subsequent years. I have found it to be well worth it.