Just curious, how many parents would expect a scrapbook from their child's teacher?

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Posted: 1/30/2013 7:19:37 AM
I have a class of 19 preschoolers. I take pictures everyday. I make documentation panels and those go up on the wall. I also make a small 8 1/2x 11 paper with pictures and document what was happening and what the children learned. Those I do about 3 times a week. They go home with each child.

I also document on Teaching Stragities Gold program that the parents are invited to review to join. Each child has their own recording notes on this program.

My co-worker and I also have new pictures up around the classroom with each new project that we do.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 7:53:24 AM

I've never heard of that...

My son received a scrapbook on a DVD with photos and music and then another year he received an actual scrapbook from a teacher...

I thought they were both awesome....I cherish them but I don't expect it.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 8:01:46 AM
I have a 13 and 17 year old in public school and I have never received (or expected!) a scrapbook from their teacher. We did have one teacher that took a lot of pictures through the year and put them on a disc, which was very nice. But that was ONE teacher in all these years.

That particular teacher is uber-organized so it wasn't surprising to me that she did it. She's a royal bit**, but organized is the one good thing I can say about her.


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Posted: 1/30/2013 8:02:23 AM
Let's back up the bus a bit here. I think when some of you hear scrapbook, you're thinking individual, handmade ornate books b/c that's what you may do for your kids. That's not what I think is being intimated here.

I think it's more a slapped together 'book' of photos on construction paper of events throughout the year, uniform for each child.

It shouldn't take a ton of time or money out of the teacher's pocket at all.

That said, she should have known in advance if it was an expectation. Furthermore, she should not have been dressed down in front of parents the way she said she was.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 8:12:25 AM
There may be a photo release required unless outbid one of the blanket releases parents sign yearly. I think it would be a nice memory of the teacher chooses to do one but in no way should it be required unless it is specified before school starts and there is a budget for it as well. Your principal is out of line here.

That said I would be taking photos and using them for writing assignments for the students. It continues the learning process by allowing students to report on what they saw, learned, enjoyed, found humorous or interesting, or whatever criteria you set. These could then be compiled by each student into a personal memory/writing notebook/scrapbook. I say let the kids do it and make it part of the lessons.
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Posted: 1/30/2013 8:12:44 AM
I think it's nice if the teacher decides she wants to do this for the parents if she wants to do it, but I don't think it should be expected of her. I also don't like the fact that the principal "scolded" the teacher in front of her peers. That's downright ridiculous.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 8:24:23 AM
I would never expect a scrapbook from a teacher, but I would be thrilled to receive one.


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Posted: 1/30/2013 9:01:44 AM
I guess it depends on the definition of the "scrapbook".

In our elementary, it was customary for the teachers to keep a folder per child and collect pieces here and there of their work that they felt were special or well done. Field trips- there was usually a group photo taken at the venue, and a single page made with the group photo, name and date of the field trip with a brief sentence or two of what it was about. This page was photocopied 30 +/- times and put into each kid's folder.

At the end of the year, a cover was made, "Smith Elementary School, Grade 2, 2010-2011 school year, Mrs. Jones' class", copied onto a colored paper and then each folder was comb bound into a book for each student by a classmom who volunteered to come in and assemble them. I can't tell you how many thousands of those I have assembled because sometimes classrooms didn't have any volunteers to help out for an hour or two.

I will say, I have all 12 of them from my kids (2 kids, grades K-5) still and I so appreciate all that went in to them! I have since added their school reportcards and school photos to the booklets.

(OH, FWIW- the school provided all the paper and combs required for them)

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Posted: 1/30/2013 9:01:52 AM
No I would not.

I will do you one better. We have had class field trips where an advisor/chaperone DID take tons of photos of the children, posted them on FB to share, and was chastised and asked to remove them (I understand).

Not everyone wants someone else photographing - and sharing - photos of their kids.

If the Principal wants this to be a thing I think members of yearbook staff or otherwise would be on the case. They could, perhaps, create a small photo book and make it available to the group to order copies as they wish.

I would want you educating and chaperoning the children - not playing Anne Geddes meets Cathy Zielske on the trip.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 9:12:26 AM
Are you in an OBE (outcome based education) state? At one time OBE states required teachers to prepare a 'portfolio' and that may have transitioned into a 'scrapbook'.

If you aren't, perhaps your principal came from such a state and isn't aware it's not required where he now lives.

Personally, I feel it's something teachers should do for their students.


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Posted: 1/30/2013 9:21:00 AM
We get a scrapbook that is only a few pages of my childs work thru the year and a few pictures at milestone events. Halloween party, Jump rope for heart etc. There might be 1 picture of my kid alone at the first day or the say of their Christmas Sing and the rest are a collage of groups pics of the kids in the class playing or whatever. Just photocopied..mass produced collage.
There were no embellishments beside what was made printed in photoshop or printer paper. Some were bound with plastic binding..Others were just stapled together.


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Posted: 1/30/2013 9:24:47 AM
In PRESCHOOL, I got a scrapbook of most of my children's artwork and handwriting. The good stuff that went on the wall. It had a construction paper cover, and used brads to keep everything together. There were moms who helped the teacher put everything together. I did not help with that project.

In Kindergarten and 1st grade, the PARENTS made a scrapbook of all the events for the TEACHER. We had moms that took pictures throughout the year, and a committee of moms to work on individual pages. I coordinated that project for 2 years. It was time consuming to make sure that each child was represented equally throughout the book. If a parent wanted a copy of the scrapbook, we had color copies made - and it was upwards of $50 for the entire book.

If I were to do it today, I'd establish a Snapfish account and make sure that the parents have a link. And know that they can send me their own pictures to post for the class. Periodically, I'd post when new pictures were added.


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Posted: 1/30/2013 9:41:30 AM
I wouldn't. My DDs are in 4th and 6th grades. I think 1 teacher did it. I will agree that the Snapfish Share sites are amazing. I have one for my scout troop. They have ones designed for teachers as well. There's even an app to access it as well!

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Posted: 1/30/2013 9:44:33 AM
Maybe you could ask to have a meeting with her. Explain that you didn't know this. Now that she said in front of the parents you have to do something. You could get the $1 brag books and just put picures in it of the kids. Maybe you can ask if there is a teachers aid that can help you since it is already 1/2 way through the year.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 10:04:49 AM
Not me. My DD's entire grade has a private Facebook page where they post pictures from field trips and parties and stuff. I think that's nice, but it wasn't expected.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 10:15:54 AM
No one ever created a scrapbook for my mother for any of her 3 children.

No one has ever created a scrapbook for my child in 6 years of schooling.

Typically I may get 1 or 2 photos sent home over the course of the year as part of whatever project/gift they were making in class.

That is it.

If I want field trip pics either I chaperone or I ask those who did if they happened to catch a pic of my DS.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 10:19:43 AM
That's crazy! I have never heard of a teacher making a scrapbook for his or her students. And I have 3 kids in 4th, 8th and 10th grade. That is way too much work and money.

One teacher took lots of pictures and he put them on a cd for the kids. But that is the only thing that we have had in terms of pictures.

Some teachers put pictures on the website and the parents can use them to make a scrapbook.

That principal sounds crazy!


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Posted: 1/30/2013 10:34:03 AM
Have you spoken to your co workers about this requirement? We're they aware of it. Is it something you missed out on finding out about because of maternity leave?

I would not expect a scrapbook from my child's teacher. I will, however, admit that I might be disappointed if I discovered after the fact that my child was in the only classroom in the school that didn't receive scrapbooks. That might feel like a bummer.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 10:40:06 AM
The only "scrapbook" we ever got was from the private pre-school DS#2 went to. And it consisted of a page per month that had a picture that was used on that months bulletin board and a sample of their work. It was very clever and thoughtful.

When we lived in Holland, my oldest started school and the school kept a portfolio of work that followed the students from grade to grade in primary school. When they left they took that with them. He was only there for two years but he has that, which is pretty cool. It was just a collection of school projects.

I would never expect something like that and would consider it a thoughtful bonus if my child came home with one. Especially if it is public school. Private schools may have different expectations I'm not aware of.


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Posted: 1/30/2013 10:56:54 AM
I really wish the teacher who is teaching my children would get on the ball and make them a scrapbook each year! Especially, since she's a scrapbooker!

Oh, wait, that teacher is me.

Sorry, OP that you got chewed out for that. I've never heard of a teacher providing a scrapbook to each of their students. And I have several friends and family members who are public school teachers.


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Posted: 1/30/2013 10:59:49 AM
I once received what could be a scrapbook. It had pictures, art and school work. It was on construction paper and tied with yarn. Very nice and unexpected. Other years are usually
portfolios. Everything placed in a poster board folded in half. The front is then decorated by
the child and a few pictures placed on the outside. Nice and very unexpected. I always thought the teacher just did it not part of the job.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 11:05:50 AM
Both of my girls helped make their class scrapbooks in First Grade. I would never expect it and it was only this one year that we received one.

It was done pretty easily and the kids did it in class, it took one day of writing and one day of assembly.

The teacher had a form that had a spot for a picture, and journaling lines under that.

Each child was assigned an event to write about which they had done during the year. They wrote about 4 sentences and drew some decorations. 20 copies of each were made and 3-hole punched. There were a lot of group shots and a few individual ones. (at least one or two for each kid.)

They came together pretty quickly. Each kid was given their pages and the teacher had the pics from each event and passed them out, the kids glued them on the page. (one event at a time so the pics didn't get mixed up) - Class went to "county fair" page, she passed out those pics and waited until everyone was done before passing out the next ones

So each child wrote about one event they copies were made and the child assembled the book.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 11:17:32 AM
I wouldn't expect any of my children's teachers to create any sort of a scrapbook, whether simple or fancy. It's is not their job...I feel like it's mine to do. I feel fortunate and very grateful if I get a few pictures, but I don't expect them. I take pictures a few times a year at school events, and take pictures of their projects, anytime they dress up, and so on at home. We buy the over-priced school pictures each year because they can get great pictures of my kids that I find impossible to get. I scrapbook those on my own. As well, our school offers a yearbook, which we also get a copy of each year.

Our kid's teachers have enough to do with daily teaching, grading papers, working with difficult students, going to meetings with parents and staff, and more. I think it's a lot to expect them to create a scrapbook for each kid...that would still be very time consuming, considering each teacher has somewhere between 25-30 kids.

I think the prinvipal's expectations in this matter are a bit unreasonable.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 1:29:12 PM
Our kindergarten teachers gave each child a scrapbook at the end of the year. But, she had designated helpers. I was one of them.

Each month she would send out supplies for each kid's layouts -- one fully done, the rest just pieces in a baggie. Each parent was assigned 5 scrapbooks, none of them being their own kid. When I would get my kit, I would examine the finished layout, and copy it for the other kids, using their specific pictures and artwork. I had their scrapbooks at my house (white binders basically), and the layouts would go into page protectors and be added to the binder. By the end of the year, the scrapbooks were finished and returned to the teacher. This way, the teacher only had to do a few layouts instead of all of them.

None of the upper grades do scrapbooks. Most send home books full of their poems and drawings, but those books are purchased by the parents and sent in with the school supplies.


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Posted: 1/30/2013 2:41:44 PM
I've never heard of such a thing. We always had an assigned "photographer" parent to attend each class party, and sometimes a chaperone would take pictures on field trips. But as a parent I never expected to get pictures, let alone a scrapbook. Sometimes a parent who takes pictures will upload pictures onto an internet site so other parents can see the pictures, but that's about it.
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