I am always looking for ways to open lines of communication between my classroom and my students’ parents. I use Remind, Twitter, Google Forms and a Google site through my district. I also make random phone calls every week and mail home information for those who don’t have Internet connections.
Every August I send home “Welcome to My Classroom” letters to both parents and students. In this letter I include my schedule, social media sites and all my contact information. Last year I started thinking about my own experience as a parent of a senior in high school. While I keep everything, it all tends to end up in a huge pile that I have to dig through to find anything. Or is what I am looking for even in the pile? Maybe those important numbers were in an email. Hmmm…. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have time to hunt down those things. Maybe if I could find a spot and keep those contact numbers there, kind of like our local pizza place. The number is on the fridge. How is it on the fridge? Why on a magnet of course! Go look at your fridge. I’m betting I’m not the only one who uses mine like my own physical Pinterest board. I’m right, aren’t I?
With this in mind, last year I headed over to Vistaprint and created my own business card magnets. The hardest part for me was choosing a design. So.many.choices! I settled on this one, filled in the blanks and bought 100 of them for about $22, which included tax and shipping. Turned out pretty cool, right?
If you are planning to make your own, make sure you search for a coupon code. You can also create these magnets online at Staples and pick them up in store. It’s a nice, inexpensive way to make sure parents know how to reach you.