Why I am using Facebook in the class again this year
I asked for parent feedback after my first year of using Facebook in the classroom. Below are the responses I received from the parents. I knew the page was doing well but these comments really showed me the value the page had provided.
I wanted to let you know how much I appreciated the class facebook page. I understand the amount of time it took out of your already busy day to continue to post comments and pictures throughout the year. I loved being able to see what my son was doing, what you talked about and saw. It facilitated daily conversation in my house and helped guide me in the appropriate subjects. I am not sure how I would have been able to communicate effectively with my son, on a daily basis about school, without the FB page. I highly recommend that you do this again.The only issue I had with the facebook page was that I was not on facebook prior to your group. I needed a bit of help getting started and ‘joining’ the group. I appreciate how you kept in mind that not all parents are tech savvy or use facebook, and helped me utilize this tool that turned out to be so special!
I have thoroughly enjoyed the class Facebook page this year. Not only has it been a fun way to see what is going on in the classroom, it’s been a valuable tool for discussing what they learned during the school day at home. Plus, it was a great way to interactively get to know some of the other students and parents from the class. Not only did my husband and I love it, “John” loved it too. It was a real window into what goes on in the classroom without actually being there. I will truly miss this interaction next year and hope that more teachers adopt this. Thank you for being the awesome teacher that you are and caring enough to do something like this.
While I still get the standard “fine” and “nothing” answers from “John” initially after school, I at least know the questions to ask to get him to start talking more thanks to your posts. When I ask him question I love his reaction ” How did you know that mom?” It so nice to see what the kids are doing during the day and to actually see them interacting with the other kids. As a parent, you always hope that your kids are having fun while they’re learning but to actually see it was great. You have really done an amazing job of keeping the parents engaged. I wish I had something like this when my 3rd grader was in Kindergarten. I think other teachers should do this as well. Also I don’t think you should change a thing. I’m going to miss this next year as “John” goes into 1st grade. I think this shows what an exceptional teacher you truly are. I want to thank you for all the help and extra help you have given my son. He tells me everyday he had a great day at school and that his teacher is Awesome. I think he gets up early just to see you and learn all the things you teach him.
Mr.Gomez, as a first time kindergarten parent I was very concerned about how my child would do all day in school, your Facebook page has given me the peace of mind to know that she is having a fun day filled with learning and growth. Also with your lessons that are posted on here it give us parents a heads up on the standard “what did you do today” answer of “nothing”, we now know what they did & can easily engage them in further expansion of that lesson, class project, etc. I really do thank you for all you have done for our children and parents, I will miss our Facebook next school year..
Mr. G.. words cannot express how grateful I am that “John” received you as a teacher! He will tell me some details about his day, but actually seeing the pictures on FB has been wonderful! I have been able to ask him what he was doing in a certain picture, what he learned, and to hear how happy he was doing certain activities and centers. It was very informative to see the pictures of the kids during their field trips on FB. Another great point is getting to know some of the parents a bit more as well. Mr. G, FB, I feel, has been a great tool for our class and my child. My parents, have enjoyed seeing and hearing what the class has done as well. My mom, “John’s” grandma, has been able to comment and feel like she is able to keep in touch with what “John” has been accomplishing during the year. I thank you, for taking the lead on this. I hope in years to come, more teachers will feel comfortable embracing FB like you have. You are fabulous Mr. G! Keep up the good work!
I think that the facebook page has been terrific. It has allowed me to learn about what is going on in the classroom, otherwise the only thing I would know about is recess and who has been misbehaving. It also provides instant communication between you and the parents, and the parents with each other. We don’t have to wait on a note to come home in the folder, or an email, etc. The district site does not allow parents to communicate with each other.I truthfully don’t think I would change anything. The only thing I would ask is if you could get all grade levels to do this. I am really going to miss this next year. I would be happy to provide a testimonial to the 1st grade teachers if I could get something like this!
Facebook has been a great thing for our family this year. I have loved being able to talk with “John” about things that have been posted and get more than the usual school answer of “we worked” and “had lunch/recess”. He has enjoyed seeing the pictures as well and telling me exactly what was happening in the pictures which leads to a longer discussion of the activity. He also has liked it when you have given the parents an assignment and then you talked about it in class. I also enjoyed being able to see him and his classmates enjoying a field trip when I couldn’t be there as well as share pictures of field trips, parties, etc. for other parents as well. I feel like the parents have been able to get to know each other a little better as we discuss activities/pictures, etc. that have been posted. I am really going to miss this form of communication and hope that you will be able to continue Facebooking for future classes. I do feel that it is a better tool than the district communication tool for the elementary age since it is something that a lot of parents have quick access to.