WBT and Parent Communication

Discussion in 'Elementary Education' started by Haley Kraemer, Jun 12, 2018.

  1. Haley Kraemer

    Haley Kraemer Rookie

    Feb 15, 2016
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    Jun 12, 2018


    I am researching Whole Brain Teaching and strongly thinking about using it in my class next year. I teach 1st grade.

    My question is:

    Is there a parent communication system for communicating a child’s behavior daily? Good or bad? Just like with a clip chart or a pocket chart?

    I am excited to use the practice cards and send home a parent note if a student still needs practice.

    Likewise I can send home notes/certificates if a child has greatly improved on one of the rules or they just did especially well with a rule that day.

    But if I don’t send something home daily, I feel like the parents are going to wonder how their kid is doing.

    How do I explain this system to parents? That their child will not come home on a “color” every day indicating their behavior?

  3. Backroads

    Backroads Aficionado

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    Jun 13, 2018

    I don't know much about WBT... does it include major behavior systems?

    My personal view is I'll let the parents know if the kid isn't doing okay behavior-wise. I'm not big on the whole public behavior system charts and whatnot. My first couple of years, I kept a calendar for each month in their home folders and the kids would color them at the end of the day, but I'm still not a big fan of that.

    But, I do know some teachers are and I get it. So a calendar each month for "colors" or what have you could work for the home communication.
  4. otterpop

    otterpop Aficionado

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    Jun 19, 2018

    WBT doesn't really work like that. It focuses greatly on the positive, and so sending home daily reports could have a negative feeling to it that I think WBT aims to avoid.

    I think weekly updates are enough. Explain to parents how your system works, and I don't foresee and problems.

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