By virtue of the fact that I am a learning assistance teacher, I am in constant contact with parents and frequently other members of the community. While all of this contact is meaningful and necessary, it is focused on individual students, their caregivers and other individuals who are invested in that particular child. It is not looking at fostering links between the school or classroom as a whole and the community in which we are found but rather at enabling individual students to reach their full potential in school. Important, yes, but not exactly what I think was meant by "meaningful involvement of the community in the learning in my classroom".
However, Kristi and I have big plans in this department. We really want to engage our school community (and hopefully others too!) in fostering a love of literacy. To this end, we plan to start a Twitter, Facebook and Instagram campaign which will involve parents, grandparents, students, teachers and anyone else who cares to participate. Because we haven't launched it at our school, I am hesitant to post too many details here quite yet. Suffice it to say that it will involve photography, student writing and journalism and a few prizes thrown in here and there to keep the kids involved. Knowing how we operate, once we get rolling it will be difficult to stop us! We also plan to host a couple of literacy nights to help parents help their students at home and regular tips and tricks in the newsletter to help them out as well.
Keep your eye on this blog and my Twitter feed for more information about our love of literacy project - we would love to have as many people involved as possible! Shouldn't be long before we've got it up and running...
I'm Bryn, teacher, mom, book lover, athlete. I am passionate about literacy, collaborative teaching and finding new and innovative ways to engage & motivate all kids. I hope you find something that speaks to you here on my blog and would love to hear from you too!