Thanks to Greg Carroll from New Zealand for the link. I’m talking more and more in the staff room and off the cuff comments about the social medium of web 2.0 at staff meetings these days. There seems some tensions around this in schools!
I recently thought about a “communication problem” at school and thought web 2.0 solutions – just post it on your blog, use your parent email distribution list, create a class parent wiki about the topic but all this requires some pre-thought about why and time management.
Why should we communicate this stuff, is it worth the effort, whats the purpose, are we discriminating against those who don’t use web 2.0 tools etc…
In the “old” days we principals “protected” teachers e.g. by vetting letters that were sent to parents. This usually slowed the whole parent communication process down – but with web 2.0 tools who would do this protection? This is a challenge.
On the other hand this ease of access can start another issue where a teacher is feeling bombarded with parent feedback and communication and take valuable time away from planning say – the next days differentiated maths or writing lesson – by feeling obligated to respond to emails in depth? This is a challenge.
Does this ease of communication create unrealistic expectations by us as parents of being told “stuff” constantly?
Am I or are we as a community just adding to the already overloaded bucket expected of teachers? Not just teach students with a differentiated curriculum, instruction being informed by the analysis of student achievement data, using technology as an instruction tools to enage and inspire youth etc……………….. now share it constantly.
More and more I’m thinking we cannot leave this communication stuff to chance, nor leave what might seem to some as constant parent demands for communication to chance either. A communication policy and practice that sets some guidelines based on the schools capacity to support teachers doing it – where most is done by teams of teachers at the point of logical connection, it seems to me.
We are trialing some forms of this communication policy that sets a framework of expectations that includes teacher phone message banks as well as emails? I feel more on this topic needs to be talked about before we get the tension between usefulness, time management and skill development vs need and want.
A work in progress – inspired by Greg”s link to this video.