Most parents of Breakout Mentors students are not technical so aren’t able to accurately judge how much their kid is learning. Some parents are programmers and are curious how their student is progressing. In either case, it’s important for the mentor to stay in constant communication with the parent so they know how it’s going – what he’s been working on, concepts he’s learned, and the next steps planned.
Our mentors send a monthly recap document to keep parent’s in the loop. Let’s take a look at an example:
It clearly communicates projects made, concepts learned, and future plans. Parents are able to use this as a jumping off point for a more in-depth discussion with the mentor. It also helps the non-technical parents get involved in their student’s programming education. A simple “can you show me how to play your Snake game?” or “can you show me how you used a variable to keep track of the score?” can go a long way!