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Social media has brought the conversation that happened in the kitchen to the masses. The pictures that were held by magnets are now posted and shared through Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. The opportunity to share has grown exponentially. Iphoto streams can be shared with anyone and the story told through pictures. Obviously these feeds/streams can become saturated, but the fact that our refrigerator was so covered in paper and pictures lends itself to the same concept. We WANT to share…we are PROUD of our kids and deep down we want others to know about it.
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There will never be a time in education where someone walks into my office and says… “Wow, I just don’t know what to do with all of this time.” We expect a great deal from our group…and they deliver. Connecting with parents is simply not optional. How teachers connect with parents has been based on comfort zone and time. As we move into an environment where the fridge has turned into a phone, it is essential to find parents where they live socially. Twitter and Instagram will turn into something else in a few years, and we will be ready. We want the conversations around what happens in our school to promote the positive things going on at every turn. The medium will change…but the commitment to creating opportunities for parents to connect to what we do will not. That connection can help the conversation that has happened at kitchen tables since the dawn of time…
Parent: How was your day?
Parent: What did you do?
Student: I don’t know.
I used to live that discussion every day. Using social media as the new fridge swings that conversation. When kids own the process, know there is a connection to home, and can take pride in what they do because they see it all the time, their response goes from “I don’t know” to “I don’t know where to start”. Go Crickets.