In June of last year I sent home a survey to the parents of the children in my classroom to get an idea about what they thought about our classroom blog. The comments were mostly positive, but I misfiled the responses and so I didn’t get a chance to reflect on what the parents had to say as I would have liked to. I did later find them (Easter this year), but it was a little late to do the thinking I should have for this school year.
A few weeks ago, I received an email from a researcher in Israel who was interested in parents’ reaction to their children blogging at school. She wondered if I would be interested to send home a survey with my students that would help her with her research. I took a look at her questions, and since they were very similar (but with much better wording) to the ones that I had asked the year before, I agreed to send it home instead of the one I had prepared. She asked if each parent would fill out a survey, and so with 22 students in my class, I received 36 responses. Each student returned at least one survey. I did offer prizes to those who returned their surveys, and the children also received flags and bookmarks from Israel.
I will probably save my real thinking about this until the summer holidays, but the first couple of questions caught my eye. All of the parents indicated that they were aware of our classroom blog, and all but two indicated that they had access to a computer with the Internet. The next question asked how many times they had visited the blog this year. Here are the responses:
More than 20 14
11 – 20 6
6 – 10 6
3 – 5 6
1 – 2 2
While I would like to think that all of the parents are hanging on my every word, this is obviously not the case. I am not complaining about this. We are all busy. As I have been musing for some time, although I write the blog with mostly the parents in mind, they are clearly not our major audience. Does this change what I put on it? I think it does. How it changes it is the question. I’m not sure what the answer is.