Talk to parent who used freshgrade…

My sister is four years younger than me and when she was in her grade eight year, for her English and Social Studies classes, her teacher started using Freshgrade.  I chose to interview my mom since she was part of this process. First and foremost, my mom said that she felt more involved in my sister’s education. She also felt as though she had an instant communication with my sister’s teacher about her education as she was given daily updates on my sister’s progress in class.  She was able to visibly see through photos, videos, and notes what was occurring in the classroom on a daily basis. One thing that Freshgrade allows is for teachers to send class announcements and information instantly to the parents, which my mom really enjoyed as she wasn’t concerned about whether or not my sister would bring home a newsletter or relay information; this way she felt like she was constantly being updated.  Something that my mom found very valuable from Freshgrade was that because she was being informed about my sister progress often, if there were any problems, she wasn’t waiting until a parent interview or a report card to find out. This way if there was a problem, she knew right away and was able to help my sister in the moment rather than after the fact. My mom said that the two most important things she believes that Freshgrade offers for the students and the teacher are that the students know that everyone (parents and teachers) are paying attention to them therefore, they become more attentive and that Freshgrade keeps teachers accountable and on track with their students assessments.  I asked my mom if she would rather have Freshgrade replace reports and without hesitation she said yes. She believes that at least this way, you are able to know their daily progression and you are able to help your child at the time. Another thing I asked was whether or not my sister had access to the system but, she said that at the time this was fairly new so my sister didn’t. However, my sister knew that there was communication between her teacher and my parents and therefore, she was more focused and worked harder. Overall, my mom believes that Freshgrade is great as it is a very interactive and informative platform. She wishes that more of my sister teachers would use it.

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