There are many important relationships that children rely upon for a great education. Perhaps the most important one of all is the relationship that exists is in the teacher & parent team. Studies have shown that positive communication between teachers and parents tends to result in better academic achievement and improved emotional wellbeing.
But, how do you go about fostering parent teacher communication and student success? Well, that’s what we take a brief look at here, as we analyse the importance of the role of parents and teachers in a child’s education.
Parent Surveys Can Really Help
A great way to get started with parents is by creating a survey and sending it home to parents a week or two after the term begins. Rather than it being just about personal details, it should ask some more personal questions, like how their child was a baby or what he or she likes to do in their spare time.
This can help you get to know the child, of course, but it also shows that you care about them as little people, rather than just another student. It can do much to establish an effective teacher & parent team.
Send Home Lots of Good News About Their Children
Any parent will tell you that they love hearing good things about their child. There’s plenty of negative communication that gets sent out already, so it’s important to send out lots of good news about their child’s achievements and what they’ve been up to at school.
Too much negativity sent back from school can harm that parent-teacher relationship over time, so make sure that it’s not all bad news.
Be Proactive in Establishing an ‘open door’ Policy
Sometimes busy parents can be reluctant to volunteer their time to come in and speak to you about their children, which can be combated by taking every advantage you can for getting them in. This could be as part of a ‘recognition of student achievement’ evening with pizza and soft drinks or by inviting them in to observe your teaching.
The more time teachers can spend in the company of parents, the better the relationship should be and it’s the children that will ultimately benefit.
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The relationship between parents and teachers is such an important one and it’s something that can positively impact on their academic success. Put some time and effort into establishing these bonds early on and it can end up benefiting children throughout their time with you.
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