Goals: Explore parent-teacher relationships for the purposes of classroom management. Explore strategies to building and maintaining positive relationships with parents.
Strategies for positive relationships:
- Smile when you see parents!
- Learn their names.
- Declare your intentions.
- Communicate often and in a variety of forms
- Make a positive phone call home
- Lead with good news
- Find a translator
- Don’t assume
- Ask open-ended questions
- Listen to parents
- Smile at the child
- Invite parents to share
- Let parents know they can help
- Be specific
- Be a broker for resources
- Explain your instructional decisions
- Invite parents to participate in making decisions
- Thank parents
- Share every success
- Invite parents to celebrate
Build your relationships before you need them.
The two resources are useful for teachers trying to establish positive relationships with parents. They deal with the problems that teachers might face when talking with parents and give strategies on how to be effective. The tips are general but become more focused, and allow teachers to relate to the strategies for easy integration. I personally found these useful as I know how difficult it can be to involve parents and to engage with them on a deeper level. Involving parents is useful for classroom management; if you have the support and understanding of the parents behind you, students are more likely to behave positively and become active members of the classroom. Students whose parents are enthusiastic about their education perform better overall. These resources fulfilled the goals I had for the week, and were better than others I looked at because they were easy to navigate and understand. The resources focused on how to build relationships instead of simply pushing the importance of these relationships.