You know how your kid might come home from school and say "mom, you need to bring snacks for our class. Tomorrow."
It's happened at our house more than once as my wife and I scramble through the pantry before winding up running to the grocery store.
If teachers or room moms used Facebook to communicate announcements or field trips it would be much easier for everyone.
The trouble is most teachers either shy away from connecting with parents on Facebook or, quite honestly, scared of any conflicts that could arise from it.
Not every parent in a classroom of kids wants to be Facebook friends with other parents they don't know.
I don't want someone I don't know to see everything I post and everything I've posted for the past 10 years.
One teacher has found a way to use Facebook right and we can all learn a lesson from him before classes begin again.
His name is Mr. Edelman.
That's all I know aside from the fact he's a math teacher at a school in a city in America.
He doesn't give his first name, location or school name.
Rather than accepting friend requests from students or their parents, he's set up a Facebook page and only people he invites is permitted to join.
He explains on the page that its for current or former students to reach him for extra help and tutoring and that "it isn't a social page or a way to try and friend me on Facebook."
He doesn't accept friend requests from students and likely not from their parents.
They can't see pictures of his family and photos of his college years.
He only posts things pertaining to class on his Facebook page.
He's posted news about mid-terms, showed how to solve a tough math equation.
He answered a question about denominators and held a live Q&A about a winter assignment.
He also shared information about class trips such as what time to show up and the itineraries.
There are strict rules with his page.
Don't post things about other people and if things that are posted are inappropriate or unnecesary, they will be deleted and the student/parents will be banned fro the page.
Current students, he posts, will be dealt with in school.
Facebook pages for teachers are an excellent way to communicate anything and everything that should 'go home to parents' such as homework assignments and snack schedules.
Setting up a page for a teacher or a class is easy to do.
Go to any page that you follow and simply click 'create a page'.
Facebook will walk you through the rest. Like Mr. Edelman, it's best to use only the teacher's last name.
Don't enter in the school or even the city name.
The only people who need to find or see your page are the people you want to see it.
You can open it up for anyone to publish or post, or choose to only post yourself.
There are many other options to keep your page private.
I was so impressed with Mr. Edelman's page I tried to reach out to him, but since I don't know his first name or where he teaches, it was nearly impossible to find him.
I also could not 'like' his page without his permission and that's the beauty of using Facebook for a select number of people some guy like me with no ties to the class shouldn't be able to read the posts or see comments from students which reveal their identity.