Does this sound familiar?
After a 7 hour school day with 6 subjects, projects, social gatherings, guest speakers.....
“What did you do in school today?” “Nothing.”
We were grateful to receive weekly teacher emails with class updates, school newsletters, and reports cards. But we were missing our kids' details and perspective of their day. We were interested in what our kids were doing in school, how they were grasping a new math skill, how they tackled a science investigation, and what new project they were involved with. We wanted a conversation with our kids to hear their excitement about their day from them!
We decided to spark a conversation movement.
We developed the GAB-on! platform with Student-in-the-Loop™ Communications where the student creates and enters content called GABs (hints) about their school day. The fun part is that, when a parent reads a GAB, they will not have a clue what has happened in their child’s day. It’s about the child remembering and reflecting on their day, encouraging conversations, hearing it from the child, and connecting families eye-to-eye. While sitting around the dinner table or riding together in the car or walking the dog or connecting by phone when away, parents can access GAB-on! and have their child read their GABs of the day and share the details and stories behind each of the hints.
The daily reply of “Nothing’” has turned into “Did you know that…….” followed by “It was so cool when…….”. Our mission is for kids to be able to remember and eagerly share their day with families, to delete “Fine” and “Nothing’” out of the conversation, and to encourage connections (and GAB’ing)!