Classroom Website

Okay, so I’ve been working on my classroom website for about two weeks now and I think I’m finally ready to show what I have so far. It’s not finished, but I feel like I’m getting there.  Right now I have it set as private so I can post pictures of my students for families to see, but I’m not sure if that’s what I want to do for sure.  What are your thoughts on this?

Here’s my website, page by page:

Screen Shot 2013-07-24 at 2.08.56 PM <–  This is my welcome page; the first thing families will see.  I will be posting pictures of my classroom on here, but since I haven’t seen my classroom yet I have left the picture spots blank.  I found a class website template on google sites that already had a welcoming message so all I had to do was change the message a tad bit.

This is my about me page.  I want the families to know a little about me so they can feel more comfortable in communicating with me.  I broke this pageScreen Shot 2013-07-24 at 2.09.17 PM into two parts, About Me and My Teaching Philosophy.  In the about me section I talked about my schooling, teaching degree, family, and teaching experience.  In the other section I put a summary of my teaching philosophy to give families a better idea of just how much I love teaching.              ———————–>

Screen Shot 2013-07-24 at 2.09.37 PM <—-  This will be where I will have our daily schedule.  I think it’s important that families know what we are doing throughout the day.  I think it will also be a good reference so if they have to pull their student out of school they will know what he/she is missing during that time.

This page currently has the Waterloo School District calendar so families know when their children will have school.  It will also have a classroom calendar.  I am not quite sure how I want Screen Shot 2013-07-24 at 2.09.53 PMto do it.  I have been tossing around a few ideas, like having the whole month on there at a time, but I also like the idea of having just a week or two at a time.  Thoughts?  ————————>

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<——–  In the Reading & Writing section I will be including information about the curriculum used, the unit we’re working on, and specific objectives being focused on.  I will also give them a heads up to any big projects going on as well as testing dates.

The Math section will be set up pretty similar to the Screen Shot 2013-07-24 at 2.10.59 PMReading & Writing section.  I will include information about the curriculum used, the unit we’re working on, and specific objectives that are being focused on.  I will also let them know about any testing being done.  —————–>

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<——–  I want to have a classroom blog so families can hear directly from their children.  I plan on having at least one post a week, maybe on Fridays.  The blog will post directly in this section for families to see.

 

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<—-> I really think it’s important to have info available for families.  I created the Resources section so parents are encouraged to be involved in their child’s education and so they know that there’s a place to go if they want more information about certain topics.  I will be adding to this section as I go, but I started off with two really important sections, bullying and reading.  In each section there are links to websites with helpful information.  I will also be posting my own documents as the year goes on.

I put the Waterloo School District’s school supply list in another section just for reference.  Screen Shot 2013-07-24 at 2.12.46 PMI know students change schools and parents might want to know what supplies are needed if moving from a different district.   —————————————————————->

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<——-  The last section is how families can contact me.  Communication is really important to me and I want  families to have access to my information.  I know papers can get lost, but having it o the website will ensure that they always have access to it.  I have my email, the school’s address, my room number, and the school number with my extension.

 

I plan on updating this website weekly.  I would love input.  What are your suggestions?  Do you have a class website?  If so, how is yours set up?

 

4 thoughts on “Classroom Website

  1. Love, love, love! I’m thinking about having a “Waiver” of some sort typed up for parents to sign to give the okay if I put pictures/video of their child online. If they don’t feel comfortable I won’t use any of their child’s pictures or videos. Our sites our set up very similar…GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE! I also see you have a love of chevron, as do I! 🙂

    • That’s a good idea. If you do that will you have it open or private? Yes, I absolutely love chevron patterns! Did you use a template? I used one from Google sites and just added a little to it. I like that it had a lot of the pages already set up in a format.

  2. I will have it public. I didn’t use a template! That’s what is so funny! I didn’t even check the templates…I could have saved myself some time!

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