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  1. It's funny that you wrote this post today because I was talking to a fellow teacher about this very same topic today too. I use many different ways to communicate with parents (from my website, to my blogs, to e-mail, to a daily agenda, to weekly phone calls), but I like the use of technology when communicating with others because I find that it's easier to take this "wait time" than when conversing in person or on the phone. This time to think is important because it often allows us to better answer questions and to really share our thoughts in a valuable way too. In many ways, I have been hesitant to get a Smart Phone because I'm afraid that it's going to make me more likely to respond immediately to things that really do need that "thinking time."

    Over the year, I learned more and more that when necessary, I need to reply to e-mails and say that I "need a little more time" to look into questions or consider the possibilities. I have also learned that it's okay to say this when talking to parents on the phone or in person. We all want what's best for the children, and sometimes it takes time to ensure that this happens.

    Thanks for reminding me of this again in your blog post tonight!

    Aviva

  2. P.S. I know that your blog post isn't all about conversing with parents (it can really be applied to conversing with anyone), but I guess that I made the connection to parents when reading it.

    Once again, a great post George!

    Aviva

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