Reminder Templates for Teachers

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

As teachers, we often have different events that we want to remind students and families about. This lesson offers a few different templates you can use when creating reminders for the children and families in your classroom.

The Importance of Reminders

Have you ever held a parent/teacher conference that the family did not show up for? Or perhaps you have given a major assignment, and only one student manages to turn it in on time? From the teacher's perspective, these kinds of events can be extremely frustrating! After all, you are a busy person and you want others to respect your time and the energy you put into your work each day.

At the same time, you understand that your students and families are busy, too, and forgetting is a normal part of life. Some families struggle more than others with organization and memory, but there are some simple things you can do to facilitate good communication while preserving your own time and sanity!

Using reminder notes can go a long way toward helping students and families keep track of what is going on in your classroom. This lesson offers a few different templates you can use to scaffold organization and memory.

Reminder Templates

Different events will require different types of reminders. You can create paper reminders from these templates or work with them digitally, depending on what kind of communication works best with your student and parent population.

Parent Conferences

It is important to remind parents of conferences because you really want them to show up! Keep the reminder brief, but make sure to include the specific date and times of each conference, as well as the location and a succinct explanation of the conference's importance. For example:

Parent Conferences Are Coming!

Justin's conference will be on May 21 at 3:30 pm in our classroom.

You will have a chance to learn about your child's progress and struggles, and ask any questions you have as we get ready for fourth grade!

Please be in touch if you need to make any schedule changes.

Classroom Celebrations

Whether you are hosting a celebration of students' work, a social event, or any other community get-together, you obviously want families to attend! When you send out a reminder for this kind of event, include the date and time as well as any specific expectations you have about what people should bring and or activities they should prepare for. For instance:

Ancient Egypt Celebration!

Come celebrate and enjoy the essays, projects, and artwork the students from Room 24 have created during our study of Ancient Egypt!

Date: March 31

Time: 9 am (right after drop-off) - 10 am

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