Developing Your Own Website
Developing a website is one of the most convenient ways to help you stay in touch with your
students’ parents. You will automatically open a door that invites them to visit with you on their
This magical resource can be designed to offer information about what is happening in class,
query parents for help with different projects that may be coming up, and answer many of the
questions parents have. It eliminates the need for parents to call you with questions during class
If you need help building a website, there are many instructional sites you can visit to get the
basics, not to mention a wide selection of books on the subject. If you decide to build the site on
your own, you will develop the skills needed to make changes when necessary.
When building your own website, look at sites that other teachers have made. Keep your site
professional and simple. Don’t go overboard with bells and whistles, such as too many links,
bright background colors, or designs that make the site hard to read. Do include contact
information about when and how parents can reach you, and list special projects with which you
need help. If you’re unsure whether or not your site is working, ask for input from other teachers
or your spouse.
Creating your own website is a great way to express your creativity. Have fun with it!