This article has the potential to expand your communication toolbox! It gives suggestions for one-way communication- where you are able to send out simple notifications or messages but aren't looking for parent responses, and it also provides routes for two-way communication as well. One thing I loved about this article was that it encourages a beginning of the year parent survey. Although internet access is commonplace these days, we cannot assume that all families have access.
Throughout your school year, it is important that you not only build healthy and supportive relationships with your students but also with their guardians. This article describes how these positive relationships benefit all parties involved, including parents, students, and teachers. It also provides some great communication strategies that could be really helpful. I particularly like the section that outlines phone guidelines.
This video outlines the basic importance of proper guardian communication and provides some examples of what this communication might look like, such as beginning of the year newsletters and weekly behavior logs for students who are struggling.
As this article emphasizes, effective parent communication needs to begin on day one. Communication must be ongoing throughout the year, and you must share more than just the negative feedback. This article gives some great tips on how to ensure that parent-teacher communication is a successful part of your year.
In this day and age, teacher-guardian communication might not look the same as it used to. There are so many resources out there that can streamline communication and ensure that parents are always in the loop. Check out this article for free apps that can help you connect with parents. I can personally advocate for the effectiveness of Google Apps for Education. They are key to my communication with both students and guardians.