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Are You the Teacher Who Gives Parents Homework?

By: Carole Chin
Date: 1996

Summary: In NWP's book Cityscapes, Carole Chin describes how she uses the writing of students and their families to build community and provide a forum to address fears, anxieties, and concerns.



I wanted to keep track of what happened when parents and children wrote about the same subject. It was my belief that through writing a teacher can include those families who might otherwise feel alienated from the school; it's a way for parents to stay involved in their children's education. I was also interested in what effect, if any, the parental writing might have on the children. This was another form of communication for the children, the parents, and the teacher.

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