We all know that students are often very different at school than they are at home, so doesn't it make good sense to solicit parents' understanding of their children? This list of 7 questions for parents can help you get started on developing the two-way communication and rapport you desire.
It's one thing to start out the school year with a fresh plan for connecting with parents, but quite another to enter the fray mid-year as a substitute teacher and try to create that elusive rapport. This advice column, written by a veteran substitute teacher, provides practical advice for temporary teachers on how to ease into a positive relationship with student families.
If you're looking for a chart that encapsulates a strategy for getting parents on board, you will find this detailed resource helpful. Each of the eight categories of parental involvement is defined and given purpose, and specific programs and initiatives for reaching your goals are suggested.
This academic journal article explains the importance of teacher-parent relationships, explains the difference between one-way communication and two-way exchanges. It provides guidance on the use of technology in communication and details the barriers to communication that teachers must surmount.
They may seem like little things, but the cumulative power of such small investments as smiling and greeting parents by name is formidable. This list of 20 tips contains practical, common-sense advice for connecting with parents that you can put into practice starting today!
This well-researched article describes the four types of parents encountered along the journey to developing teacher-parent support and involvement and suggests a new way of thinking about what it means to meet parents where they are.
The benefits of positive parent-teacher communications are many, from encouraging parent involvement to bolstering parent confidence in the value of education, not to mention increasing academic achievement of students. This article explains opportunities for two-way communication and effective communication strategies and provides ideas for bringing your goals for positive communication to life.