For Teachers: Different Ways to Communicate With Parents –
I believe strongly in establishing strong ties/bonds between home and school … after all, we are all here for the child.
Together we can make a great team!
I hope that you find this list to be of some use …
- Class Blogs/Websites – to be updated regularly
- Class Parents – volunteers who communicate regularly with all parents on your behalf
- Class Celebrations – Thanksgiving Pot Luck, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Winter Festival, Carnival, Remembrance Day, Earth Day, Mother’s Day Tea, Year End Party, etc.
- Curriculum Share – After school events during which students lead parents through various curriculum related centres
- Email personal notes/updates- anytime / anywhere
- Email Newsletters
- Information “Easel” outside the classroom – posted information
- Face-to-Face Meetings
- Fundraisers – student driven & parent/teacher supported
- Home Journals – Students write a weekly letter home to parents describing their week & parents respond (see: http://bit.ly/odoxG2)
- Homework agendas – a very effective means of communication between home and school
- Interviews – parent-teacher interviews
- Learning Logs to be shared with parents by students on a regular basis (see: http://bit.ly/odoxG2)
- Newsletters / notices – save a tree: keep these to a minimum
- Open Door Policy – create a welcoming environment
- Parent Bulletin Board – in the hall – post a monthly calendar, weekly timetable, special notices, examples of student work, etc.
- Parent Night – early in September in order to introduce yourself & your program
- Parent Volunteers for activities, special days/activities, field trips, etc.
- Personal Notes/Letters home
- Post signs & notices on your front door
- Report Cards
- Stage a Poetry Slam
- Start the year off – prior to Day #1 – with a phone call & a postcard/letter home
- Telephone – makes calls regularly – report on strengths as well as needs; both good news and issues that need to be addressed
- Test Binder – include tests, quizzes, reports, etc. to be reviewed and signed by parents (includes student, parent & teacher reflections)