Here’s an interesting idea from a school wanting to help parents better engage with their children’s experiences at school.
How nudges can help parents to get more involved in their children’s learning
After hearing Tom Middlehurst speak at an SSAT National Conference 2017 of the effectiveness of sending ‘learning prompt’ messages to parents in schools, we decided to give it a try. We used text messages to generate discussion between our students and their parents/carers, ensuring our nudges were action–focused, with a clear timescale.
Informal feedback has been very positive. From my discussions with students the day after each text I’d estimate 30% have talked about it at home. A few unintended consequences have emerged:
Parents making their child revise that evening simply because the text nudged them to think about it.
Some students reported having more learning conversations in the weeks following the texts.
Parents feel more equipped to ask follow-up questions on subjects such as the similarities between Banquo and Macbeth.
(I’ve repeated the word ‘nudge’ too many times in my head and now it doesn’t make sense anymore nudge nudge nuj nujj)