Saturday, July 2, 2011

Feedback: A Gold Mine

Something I experienced this semester was keeping in touch with parents on a daily basis. At the beginning of the semester, I got all the parents email addresses and saved them in my Contact List. I would contact them every class to inform them about homework that day or any other event that might have happened, regarding the students' attitude or even their material. I sent them the link for the parents blog I created especially for them, so they could proudly see their children's production.I was wondering if parents would comment on the blog posts ...well...they didn't. And that reminded me of something Dani Lyra said during our presentation of our Digital Communication Project last year.She said that although parents don't leave comments on the posts, that doesn't necessarily mean that they don't read them. They didn't comment on the blog posts but they did in their email responses, since they received my emails regularly. Reading their feedback was precious and encouraged me to continue. They considered the daily basis contact a great way to make them aware of what was going on in class and far better than the telephone,which presents time constraints.Unlike phone calls, which depend on the availability of the parents, emails can be read at any place and time.In sum, it was a great experience,which allowed me to reach parents more effectively and profitably.

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