10 Ways Teachers can Communicate Effectively with Parents
The two most important influences in a child’s early years are their parents and teachers; when a child starts school, they move from a parent-only sphere to another that comprises their peers and teachers. And unless the gap between parents and teachers is bridged by effective communication, children do not gain the most advantages from schooling and education. Communication is a two-way street in which parents and teachers have to be actively involved; however, the onus falls on teachers as they are responsible for the child’s early years in school and their academic and all-round development. Teachers can take the initiative in opening the channels of communication by: 1. Starting the school year with personal notes (or emails) to parents – ensure that all parents check their email and if not, send out letters the old-fashioned way. 2. Taking the time to send out notes to parents throughout the school year – the notes must focus on both the positives and the engatives of the student in the classroom and must not be sent just to complain to parents about their child. 3. Being open with parents during parent-teacher conferences – the most effective conferences are those that limit the number of parents per session and allots time frames for each child and their parents. This way, you can accord equal importance to all children and parents and have a thorough discussion about performances and behavior. 4. Calling parents to double check if you feel their child is not being honest about the reason for being absent from school – to avoid unpleasantness, don’t accuse the child of doing anything wrong initially and clarify before you assume that he/she was in the wrong. If the parents are aware of their child’s truancy, tell them gently that they need to co-operate with the school and their child’s teachers to infuse more responsibility in their child. 5. Writing notes behind students’ homework and assignment...
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