I was just in another meeting last week with parents who are frustrated by the inability to help their child with their other classes because they can’t “see what is due.” I propose two remedies:
- All schools should agree on a common home base for assignments. I propose Google Classroom because it is clean and straight forward. I have used Schoology, Blackboard, and several other “class” based packages, but Google is by far the most direct and intuitive that I have seen. For teachers who prefer more complicated sites, they can link to them from Google Classroom so that at least parents have some idea where to start looking.
- I’m thinking spreadsheets are easier than calendars unless there is something I am not seeing. Spreadsheets allow students to see how assignments overlap and relate over time. I use a cloud (Google, Dropbox, iCloud, etc.) so that when I hit the save button, it is automatically updated when parents and students open the link. My parents love my spreadsheet. Mine also serves as a lesson planner. For the next year, I just change dates, upgrade, and drag stuff around.