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How has this impacted the classroom? In a word: hugely. The parents are very appreciative. Taking a tip from one of the provided articles, I now start each call by asking if they have time to hear something awesome about their students. Before starting this, parents seemed worried or hesitated to listen. You can hear the sound of relief in their voices and they thank me profusely. I have even had parents email me thanking me for the voicemail.
One thing I would like to try is make the calls in class. I saw this idea from David Huber during #FlyHighFri. He posted a video of teachers and him doing this in front of the whole class. I'm sure that moment sticks with the students for a long time.
We are #flyhighfri with more positive in class calls to our families #SSSct We are proud of our kids & their effort pic.twitter.com/KDuPun4Hl4— David Huber, Ed. D. (@DavidJHuber) September 25, 2015