As I noted initially, I was inspired by Catlin Tucker’s (@catlin_tucker) post, “Students E-mail Their Parents About Missing Work.” Situated in a workshop approach with a move toward standards-based grading, my process has changed a bit since its inception.
While I liked the purpose to let students know that parents would be made aware of their work, I quickly realized the exercise was mostly for my students: we would be embarking on some self-reflection. This would be new for some of my students, summarizing and reflecting on their work and learning.
Contacting parents became a side-effect of actual class time to pause and reflect. The goal is to reconsider their daily work logs, completed readings and writings, and their plan of action moving forward.
I have had a good number of pa…