There is more often than not, a greater number of negative communications between teachers and parents these days: phone calls home about no homework, or emails about a poor application to study. So, I have decided to try to outweigh this by sending home positive letters.
I feel that phones calls are too temporary: once you hang up the phone and the busy parents goes about the rest of their day, they might forget what you said, and forget to pass on the praise to their child. Emails too are often buried under others in the inbox lists: bills, bills, and bills.
Letters, however, are more permanent. They carry more weight than a phone call and aren’t as easily forgotten. They can be held, and re-read without the worry of them being buried in the matrix of a bunch of 0s and 1s in an email inbox. And most of all, they can publicly praise a student’s progress. So, to that end, as well as sending out positive letters, I have also ordered some magnets (as shown on the right) to also place in the envelope for the parents to stick the letter on the fridge, and really let their child’s achievements shine!