I put together a monthly newsletter that I send out to my parents/guardians, principals, and some colleagues. You can find links to them on the right column. I use a program called Smore. I have a section for each of my classes–art 1, art 2, etc. I have wanted to keep in touch more with parents about things that go on in the classroom. I want them to know what their kids are learning in my room–that there is more than just “art” or “fun” happening. I want them to know I plan carefully and that I have high expectations for my students. I include pictures and some carefully worded explanations of what is happening. I have received return emails from some parents complementing me and thanking me for keeping them updated. I also received a very nice card from the district instructional technology coordinator, the man that introduced me to Smore, about my use of the program and recognizing my effort.
Lately, the newsletter have been a bit more difficult to write. I have been exploring new things and trying out some things in the classroom as I grow as a teacher. I believe in being transparent about what I am doing. But it is scary. I worry that someone is going to question why I am changing things, question my decisions, not agree with what I am doing, or worse, ask me to stop and go back to what everyone thinks art should be.
I know I shouldn’t worry and I should be confident in what I am teaching my students–I do have their best interest in mind. I guess only time will tell if my worries are for nothing.