Parents and guardians play an essential role in elementary school learning, but effectively reaching them can be an ongoing challenge for even veteran elementary school teachers .The more you keep them informed about classroom news and include them in school happenings, the more they'll feel like a part of the team. Many schools today have set clear goals for increasing "family engagement," and are rolling out systems and programs to reach parents. More than information about the school, parents want to know what their kids are doing in the classroom. Providing parents with this information can create strong and effective partners for teachers. Here are the various ways to enhance teacher parent’s communication.
● Communicate High Expectations- Research has shown that parental expectations are one of the strongest predictors of student achievement. Your parent-teacher communication plan should be designed to set clear, consistent and high expectations for student performance in class. This will put parents on your side and enable them to reinforce your expectations in the home.
●Communicate Early & Often- When the time comes that you need to execute a parent-teacher communication with a family about academic or behavioural problems in the classroom, the family’s reaction is far more likely to be supportive if you’ve already demonstrated you commitment to high standards. Communicating high standards from the beginning for the year, will set you up to have much more objective conversations with families about individual students.
●Be warm- A little friendliness goes a long way, especially when it comes to elementary school parent-teacher communication. Whether you’re communicating via email, text, or in person, be warm, be welcoming, and offer encouragement.
●Make parents feel valuable- Great parent-teacher communication, especially in elementary school, starts with making parents feel valuable. All parents and guardians have something worthwhile to offer your classroom, whether it’s helping at an event or speaking to students about their occupation. Encourage them to participate and share their strengths.
●Acknowledge involvement- Parents are not required to participate in their child’s education. Whether it’s a parent or guardian taking the time out of his or her day to meet with you or participating in school events, it’s important for elementary school teachers to acknowledge contributions and express thanks.
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