Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Teachers and parents: Better communication

Normally a teacher and parent get together to discuss the shortcomings of the student. Sometimes this only occurs during parent-teacher conferences. But this is not effective, especially if it is a one time shot and is the first time.

Teachers need to communicate all the time with parents. Be it phone calls, emails, meetings, and other forms. Yes, it is easier to meet with parents of younger grades, as many of them pick up their child. This is daily golden opportunity to meet the parents. Older grades, a phone call or email is probably the only way. You never want to meet a parent for the first time when talking about how lousy their child is. Make a point to communicate to all parents, all the time.

Teachers also need to keep good records. They need evidence of student failures or needs. Parents do not like being blind-sided, so be sure and communicate this often as above. If you have no proof, except perhaps a gradebook, you will not get your point across as well as having student work to show. If you hand papers back, you can make copies. If turning in assignments is a problem, remember, a gradebook does not show the sequence. Contacting parents when the work is missing is the best way. It only takes a few minutes to call parents or email. If your school has online records, see if parents can access it.

Try and always be positive when contacting parents. You need to turn the negative meeting or communication into a positive. If the first time you contact a parent is to complain, you are going to be looked at as ineffective. Stay in contact with parents! The positive outlook will have a better effect on parents than being negative.

Conduct yourself in a professional manner at all times in parent communication.

Listen to the parents and actually pay attention to what they are saying. Be a team player, How can WE solve the problem?

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