It’s no doubt that parents want to know how their child is doing in the classroom. Teachers are now implementing programs and systems to increase “family engagement” among parents. More than just knowing information about the school, teachers are doing more to create stronger relationships with parents.
Here are a few tips that can make communication easy and frequent among teachers and parents:
- 1. Set your objectives: Rather than talking with families to check off an objective on a box, create a conversation so that your goals in the classroom can be further realized. Do you want students to have better attendance? Do you want parents to get more involved at events in and outside the classroom? Whatever your objectives are, keep them in mind while you design and set your plan into motion.
- 2. Communicate high expectations: Your plan should be concise, consistent and have high expectations for in-class students’ performance. Research shows that parental expectations are one of the strongest determinants of student achievement. By being concise and having high expectations for your students, you’ll have parents on your side and allow them to reinforce your goals at home.
- 3. Communicate early and often: Communicating early and often with parents allows you to express objectives that you want reached in your classroom. If you have already committed to high standards in regards to facets like academic or behavioral problems early in the semester rather than later, you’re more likely to have parental support than if you were to do it, say, later in the year. Also, frequent communication allows constant updates with parents and allows you to have clearer and more objective conversations with parents.
- 4. Choose communication tools that work for parents: Just as each student isn’t the same, parents aren’t either. It isn’t safe to assume that each parent is alike, so ask them which methods of communication are easier, whether it be email, phone calls or notes. With the current state of technology, parents can be kept abreast online of their child’s academic progress. For example our system enables parents to stay up to date with every assignment that their child does, with the grades updated by both the teacher and parent, respectively.
- 5. Measure your success: Pay close attention to your results. Are your goals for communication being realized? Are parents showing up? Which methods of communication are working and which aren’t? By knowing this, you can adapt your plans and save yourself time. If some parents don’t respond to emails, you can save time and give them a call. Make your goals more than a check box on a list; adapt and change your plans to ensure your system works.
With Edu Status for teachers, teachers can share assignments and grades with parents, make lesson plans and various other things, which allow goals to be set and increases communication among teachers.