This is an effective and easy communication tool between home and school. I've used this for many years in my classrooms to keep the lines of communication open between parents and their student's progress at school.
Parents appreciate receiving a weekly folder each Monday that contains their child’s graded papers along with a written comment from the classroom teacher and updates about work habits and behavior. There is also a space for the parent to communicate by writing back to the teacher as well.
Most parents appreciate this tool as they get all of their students graded papers in a folder to look over with their child, and they get written weekly comments.
Teachers have running anecdotal records of student progress weekly, and the communication between school and home is invaluable. Conference time is a great opportunity to have the Weekly Progress Update Folder handy and look back with parents and guardians about the progress each student has made thus far.
When you (the teacher) are being formally observed, this is a great way to show your administrator that you take this extra time to communicate with every child’s parents/guardians in your classroom on a weekly basis! It also demonstrates that you are encouraging your students to set goals for themselves and monitor their results!