parent and teacher together
sel resources * element@ry staff 57 * september 2015
Tips for Developing Positive Relationships with Parents
In our busy day of juggling papers, lesson planning and managing students, we can easily forget the group that could lend significant support in our charge as teachers -- parents and families. from Edutopia
- Smile When You See Parents
- Learn Their Names
- Declare Your Intention Tell them that you want to partner with them, that you appreciate their support, and look forward to working together.
- Communicate Often and in Various Forms
- Make a Positive Phone Call Home
- Lead with the Good News
- Find a Translator
- Information is Powerful It's good to remember there are many different kinds of families. Be careful not to assume a mother is, or isn't married, or even that if she is married, she's married to a man. Learn to ask open-ended questions and understand that sometimes parents/guardians might not want to share some information.
- Ask Questions about the Child
- Listen to Parents Really listen. They know a whole lot about their kid.
- Smile at the Child When talking to a parent in front of a child, smile and make eye contact with the student to demonstrate that you care about him/her. Recognize what he/she has done well in your class in front of the parents. Then share a concern, if you have one.
- Invite Parents to Share
- Let Parents Know How They Can Help
- Be Very Specific Provide ways parents can support their child at home
- Be a Broker of Resources If they share a concern, be prepared to point them to a direction where they can find help.
- Explain Your Instructional Decisions Invite Parents to Participate in Making Some Decisions Invite their input, give them information that will help them form an opinion, and listen to their conclusions.
- Thank Parents
- Share Every Success
- Invite Parents to Celebrate and Break Bread Together Communities are strengthened when people come together in celebration. Start the year with a potluck. Share food and stories about food. We all bond over food.
Whether you're a teacher, parent, or district administrator, this guide provides you with relevant and valuable tools and resources for how best to strengthen the bonds between schools, families, and communities for student learning and success. edutopia (2011)
- Go Where Your Parents Are
- Welcome Everyone
- Being There, Virtually
- Smart Phones, Smart Schools
- Seize the Media Moment
- Make Reading a Family Affair
- Bring the Conversation Home
- Student-led Parent Conferences
- Get Families Moving
- Build Parent Partnerships