>Tips for Parents & Teachers: Working Together — Partnering for the Success of the Child
If you were a fly on my classroom wall this is what you would see …
(A) Teacher (that’s me!) Supporting Parents
Partnering with Parents!
Contacting parents/families before the first day of school. Introducing myself and sharing my excitement about the upcoming school year.
Establishing an open door policy … and making it known!
Taking the time to learn as much as I can from parents. Asking them about their children’s strengths, needs, interests, hobbies, friends, etc. No one knows their child better than they do. (This helps to guide my program as it unfolds.)
Creating a parent survey. Surveys allow parents to tell me more about their children/my students. Information gathered helps me tweak my program accordingly. (Survey questions include: What is your child’s favourite (least favourite) subject(s)? What are her strengths/needs? What are his hobbies? What are your goals/hopes for your child this year? What else would you like me to know about your child?)
Finding out the best way to contact parents (email, phone, notes in agendas, etc.).
Providing feedback on a regular basis.
Keeping parents involved in the school lives of their children. Doing my best to ensure that parents understand programs, processes and individual student progress.
Contacting parents often. When communicating I am sure to share successes as well as concerns.
Immediate, honest and sincere praise.
Expressing concerns as clearly and concretely as possible. My concerns are always coupled with concrete steps/proposed solutions.
Demonstrating respect for the ideas, opinions & feelings of parents. Being open, understanding & empathetic.
Showing that I value parents & children: their feelings, experiences & opinions. Being positive and professional.
Smiling & showing enthusiasm! Partnering with parents: Working together: It’s a great year!
(B) Parents Supporting Teachers (that’s me!)
Partnering with Teachers
Making note of the various ways to contact me (email, phone, notes in agendas, etc.).
Attending “Curriculum/Meet the Teacher Night”. Taking notes, reviewing handouts, asking specific questions. Being supportive! Being sure to start off on the right foot!
Posting the school’s calendar in a highly visible area in the home, and attending as many school events as possible.
Sharing their ideas, expertise and suggestions. I really value parents’ input!
Volunteering (e.g. coming on field trips; gathering materials for special days; sharing their expertise, etc.)
Feeling free and eager to present any concerns immediately and clearly.
Saying/sending a simple thank you (e.g. a simple card or call, a note in the child’s agenda/log book).
Telling my principal when they feel that I have “gone above and beyond”.
Helping their child write a special letter to me on National teacher Day. These letters really do mean the world to me (& I have tucked them all away)!
Demonstrating respect for my ideas, opinions & feelings. Being open, understanding.
Showing that they value my training education, experience & opinions.
Smiling & showing enthusiasm! Working together: It’s a great year!