This blog post is part of our “Focus On: Communications” series, based on the stories we collected while assembling our 2016–2017 Impact Report.

An encouraging message, sent at the right moment, can make a world of difference. Unfortunately, positive messages are often the first item to get bumped lower on a teacher’s priority list, and for good reason: hectic schedules make it hard to prioritize authentic, of-the-moment outreach to any but the neediest students.

“Normally I wait until a Friday to call, but if things are going well for a student, I only reach out every other Friday,” says Ms. P, a Bronx middle school teacher.

Educator perspectives on how Kinvolved helps

KiNVO allows teachers to quickly and easily send multiple messages, which means positive communication can become part of a teacher’s daily routine.

“We spend lot of time focusing on not-so-great things that kids are doing, so great kids in great moments get looked over,” says Ms. S., a high school teacher. With KiNVO’s help, Ms. S. set a goal to be “equally communicative when students are doing right thing,” and it made a big difference for parents. She recalls, “One mother said, ‘Wow, this made my day.’”

Teachers also use KiNVO’s real-time messaging to reinforce positive behavior. Bronx teacher Ms. E says, “If I have a student who is doing extremely well, right there in middle of class I will text their parents. That sort of communication is more meaningful than calling a few days later.”

Other teachers, like Mr. K, use KiNVO to keep students invested: “I tell them, if you maintain your focus, we’ll send a text together right now.” He describes this as “another tool in my toolbox to keep students motivated.”

Putting it into practice

Here’s a teacher tip for making positive communications part of the daily routine:

  • Schedule for students timely reminder messages for regularly occurring events, like weekly quizzes, to keep relevant ideas fresh in their minds. Pro-tip:
    • KiNVO pro tip: Send an encouraging message to parents the night before an event, offering a positive reminder for students and parents to prepare: “I can’t wait for {{student}} to rock out his math test tomorrow.”

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