Report Writing and Communicating with Parents, with Julie McDougall
This course will provide an opportunity to understand the purpose of student report writing in a New Zealand primary and intermediate school context. Ministry of Education have clear policy requirements for reporting to parents, and how it is an integral part of the learning cycle. The course content will include strategies for constructing both academic and personal/general comments regarding student progress, supporting teachers to communicate clearly and ways that are culturally responsive, using dependable information about progress and achievement and provide ideas of how parents could support their children’s learning at home. A focus on the importance of collecting and having evidence to support the information in the report will be paramount.
Additionally, we will explore ways to promote student voice, connect with family and whanau and improve the quality of written and verbal communication with them.
At the completion of the course participants will be able to:
• Understand that the purpose of reporting to parents is to share information about a student’s progress in ways that are culturally responsive and recognise that reporting to parents is integral to the learning cycle
• Develop new strategies and refine existing knowledge on how to communicate clearly with dependable information about student engagement, motivation and achievement in ways that are positive for all involved
• Structure report comments appropriately and concisely to communicate students’ progress and next steps in learning with parents and whānau
• Recognise the importance of having evidence (hard data) to support the information in the student’s report
• Communicate with parents/whānau in ways that encourage connections and build rapport, while recognising the voice of the student.