Dear Parents: Here is a place where you can get information about the use of ECHO, the learning platform that teachers and students use daily as a learning tool. ECHO is a wonderful resource for students to take charge of their learning because it un-tethers them from teachers where the student becomes more independent and self-initiates instead of waiting for instructions from teachers at every step. That is the old, traditional way of teaching which is counter to empowering students to become confident, self-assured learners.
ECHO is also a useful tool for parents to be aware of your child’s progress. What kind of response you have with your child is important. Your response can either support this process of empowering your child or not. If you are using it to “nag” at your child about lack of homework, then that means you are taking responsibility for his work. If you are using it as a conversation starter to empower his/her awareness and problem solving, then you are reinforcing the message we try to send your child: “You are responsible for your learning. I trust that you are capable of taking responsibility.” Instead of: “I noticed that you have a “0” on your Lit Log. Why aren’t you doing it? You need to sit down and get it done right now, “ your conversation can look like, “I noticed that you have a “0” for your Lit Log. How do you feel about that? I imagine that it doesn’t make you feel good to see that “0”. What do you think happened? And what would you like to do about this? What might I do to support you?” This is the language of empowerment – of giving your child the power to make decisions and choices that support him taking responsibility for his learning.
If your child continues to struggle, then please contact his teacher to set up a conference. In situations like this, we need to look at underlying causes for the lack of progress. Thank you for partnering with us to nurture a confident, responsible learner.
Echo Quick Reference
Echo Quick Guide for Parents and Observers – Please see the attached document (English and Spanish) for step by step directions to help you login and use ECHO.