Why should you create and maintain a teacher website?
· for students...
o who are absent due to illness, vacation, other activities, or even snow days and who want to stay "caught up"
o who will have an authentic audience for student products through teacher (or classroom) websites
· for parents...
o so they can have another avenue for communication with their children's teachers
o so they can see what you and your class are doing
· for grandparents and non-custodial parents..
o so they can see what's going on in the child's classroom
· for administrators...
o so they can see the teaching and learning you and your class are doing
· for the community...
o so they can see the engaging activities you and your class are pursuing
What content should be available on a teacher website?
· teacher information
o your name
o school email address (not personal email address)
o teaching position
o best times for parents to reach you by telephone (school phone, not your personal phone or cell phone) and email (school email address, not personal email address)
o brief paragraph introducing yourself, teaching interests
· school information
o school name
o school telephone number
o school address
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· teaching information
o reminders about upcoming school events and important dates or deadlines
o class goals, daily schedule
o classroom rules and/or procedures: what parents and students can expect in your classroom, basic expectations for students with, perhaps, a glimpse into what learning will be like in this classroom
o online lesson plans (current assignments, units, activities, spelling words)
o resources provided: for students, parents, others… perhaps PortaPortal… perhaps links to learning games… recommended sites
o web links (class-related resources, encyclopedias, dictionaries, learning games)
o student projects (be sure you have signed permission slips!)
o teacher Internet projects (webquests, scavenger hunts, …)
Where can I find some new suggestions for an effective teacher website?
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Here are some teacher websites I found plus some ideas for adding to your own teacher website.
How do you use your teacher website? What content and/or functions do you provide on it?