Our students aren’t the only ones bombarded by information–their parents are swamped, too. And for high school students, it’s likely that we as teachers spend more time with them on a week day than their parents do (between clubs, sports, and other extra-curricular activities, family face-to-face time can be sparse).
So parents are busy and students don’t always communicate with them about what’s going on in class. Many teachers communicate with parents through email blasts and weekly newsletters. But teachers, we’re busy, too, and those newsletters can take time we don’t have.
If you’re like me, you have to turn in weekly lesson plans, anyway, so I simplify my life and keep parents in the loop by creating my lesson plans in Google Slides. Keep in mind that my weekly lesson plans don’t have to be insanely detailed because I’m also required to hand in very detailed unit plans. Every system is different.
Here’s what you need to do:
1. Save your lesson plan template as an image.
2. Resize a Google Slide Presentation to whatever size you want.
3. Insert the image into the background of your Slide. Don’t forget to select a blank layout.
4. Insert text boxes into the appropriate places on the slide and type your plans.
6. Share the presentation link with the appropriate admin (I set it so the slides do not advance–then they are only looking at the current week’s plans).
7. Every week, copy a new slide to the top and type your plans. Since it’s published to the web, it will automatically update–no new link required.
8. Every week, send an email blast to parents (I do this through Infinite Campus, but there are many ways–even creating an old-fashioned email list). I type a short greeting, upcoming due dates, and a link to the plans (the same one every week) so that parents have immediate access to it.
As we embark on a year of uncertainty, we must consider equity and distance learning. This post discusses how to make virtual learning more equitable in 3 steps and comes with a downloadable cheat sheet.
Do you feel like you’re teaching in uncertain times? You’re not alone. But there are certain things that will always be certain. Like–your students need you to be there for them. Click through to find out how to do that with Culturally Responsive Teaching in Any Setting.
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