Parent/Teacher Cooperation Plan
By: Shanna Sanders
As a first year teacher I recognize the importance of parent involvement in the classroom and in the student’s home setting. Building a healthy connection with a student’s family is essential to creating a positive education setting for children. The benefits of parent involvement in the schooling of children are well documented . Indeed, there is compelling evidence that parents’ interest and support are the primary factors for students’ success or failure in school . I have mapped out a plan action for involvement that is convention for parents as well as useful to the students educational needs. The first step in any relationship is the introductions. The teacher should introduce herself before the first day of school. This can be done by constructing an introduction letter for both the student and the parents. It is a good idea to send the letter introducing yourself a week to two week before school begins. The note to the child should be fun, letting them know how excited the teacher is to have the child in her class. The parent letter should contain a similar note and a date for an orientation. It is ideal to be able to have two orientation (one late afternoon and the other at night) to give parents a better opportunity to attend. After the teacher has sent a letter the next step is to set up an orientation. This is meant to be a stress free time for the student and their family to get acquainted with the teacher and the classroom. It is essential to have a prepared classroom. The child’s name card on desk, cubbies should be set up and name tagged as well and the teacher should also have a classroom schedule post. The teacher should be attentive and be ready to any questions parents might have. The first day of school is a mile stone in a child’s life. It is important to let parents know that they are welcome to come in on this joyous day. If parents are able to be there this gives the...
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