Cynthia Brawner is a National Board Certified Teacher who, after 20 plus years, continues to teach third-grade in a large urban district. She provides professional development for educators within her district and across the states.
“How do I help my child with the homework?”
“What am I supposed to do with the homework?”
“How do I explain this to my child?”
“Is this the kind of work for this grade level?”
“I don’t understand the homework.”
Time and time again, at the beginning of the third-grade school year, teachers hear these questions when homework is sent. Some parents go into temporary shock, and others are somewhat dazed as to how the work doesn’t entirely resemble second-grade work. It takes a little while for some parents and the new third-graders to get a handle on the homework content and performance time.
Providing Parental Assistance
How can we teachers provide assistance for parents during this transitional period? My choice? Edmodo! I found Edmodo to be a helpful tool for parents and students making the third-grade adjustment.
Making the Connection
Connecting my students’ parents to Edmodo allows them to view the results of assignments completed by their child. This gives parents an insight to what the grade level work entails. It also bridges the way to sending parents resources that can help them and their child. This Edmodo Connection stirred my brainwaves to wonder what other ways can Edmodo help parents and their children, whether with homework, weekend activities, or during extended breaks.
Other Ways to Use Edmodo with Parents
As my students worked in Edmodo’s Snapshot, homework became comfortable for both the parent and the student. So I ask, what’s next? What are some other Edmodo possibilities?
Through sharing resources with parents, the sky’s the limit (okay, almost). If it can be saved as a Word doc or PDF, it can be shared. Sharing a content reference page with parents to help them understand the homework is hugely beneficial. Sending project directions and rubrics provides parents with the tools to help students have a successful and stressless transitional year.
A Pleasant Thought
Imagine for a moment, the pleasantry of parents having the necessary tools at their fingertips to reinforce what’s being learned and helping their child to succeed. How many students will find themselves at the right end of the spectrum (100% passing)? Imagine saying goodbye to failure notices and challenging Parent-Teacher Conferences. Imagine a happy, successful student.