Peter Limata—first grade teacher at Emerson Elementary of Oakland Unified School District—was recently recognized on the Ellen Show for his continued dedication to his students during distance learning through his popular and interactive read alouds.
He began using FASTalk for the first time during the 2019-2020 school year and found FASTalk’s two-way chatbox to be helpful, especially during school closures.
“I got more responses from parents than before. It was nice not to be bombarded on my phone,” said Mr. Limata. “I made sure that if I received a message, I would follow through and complete activities in class so I wasn’t just sending a random piece of information home with my students.”
Mr. Limata appreciates FASTalk’s ability to increase family engagement through strengthening the relationship between teachers and parents.
“For me, it was important that parents knew the messages were coming from me. Parents wouldn't say ‘Oh, I got the message from the app.’ They would say, ‘I got your message,’ and it allowed for building more buy-in and participation from the parents,” said Mr. Limata.
He plans to continue using FASTalk for the 2020-2021 school year as a way to engage families in their child’s learning. He shared the following FASTalk tip for teachers:
“Look at the FASTalk prompts, review your FASTalk account, and consider acknowledging the parents who have responded by sending them a ‘thanks for your feedback’ message so they know that it's appreciated and something that the teacher is looking at.”