Parents and Teachers are the role models for young kids, as the kids always look upon them for sharing their problems, sharing their joy, sharing about anything new in their life, and much more. Parents and Teachers shape the future of the kids by being with them in their journey of growth. A child spends the one-thirds amount of the time of the day at school and two-thirds at home. Thus a child incorporates everything that is taught at school into the home and vice versa. To craft a child’s personality for their complete and positive growth and development, the two crafters respectively the parents and the teachers must communicate or know about the child’s behavior. Thus Parent-Teacher communication comes into the picture.
Young kids consider their teachers as their role models and parents as their crafters. They learn from both of them as young kids are like a plain slate. As the kid develops and goes to higher levels of education, the role models too change. But parents and teachers are irreplaceable parts of a child’s growth.
What are Parent-Teacher communication strategies?
Parent-Teacher communication while the starting of the new academic year is important as it sets the ground for a strong parent engagement, breaking all barriers or difficulties, supporting the child’s education in a better way. When the school is able to maintain a strong bond of communication with the families of the students it helps the students and the parents in many ways. According to many scientific kinds of research, Parent-Teacher communication strategies are tools or an effective way to ensure a parents’ involvement in the child’s academic life, can lead to higher grades, better scores, improved growth, better attendance, improved social skills, improved social behavior, and much more.
Parent-Teacher communication strategies are for building an effective conversation and a genuine partnership between a teacher and the student’s parents.
Hereunder are a few Parent-Teacher communication strategies to start the year right :
1. Acknowledging Parents’ Involvement
Acknowledging the parents’ involvement in taking out the time off from their busy schedule or the time off from their day to meet the teacher or participate in school events; can be a good way of developing stronger Parent-Teacher communication. A parent also must be thankful for the teacher’s efforts and time in meeting them and focusing on each child’s growth. Thus acknowledgment of time, involvement, and efforts by teachers for the parents and vice versa can be a good start to the Parent-Teacher communication.
2. Fostering a sense of Trust
The basic requirement for any effective communication is a mutual feeling of trust. Parents need to trust the teacher. A parent needs to trust their child’s teacher and be completely honest with their opinions. Assuring the parents about the confidentiality of the communication or the talk they have, sharing honest opinions, making sure there is no use of harsh or rude words is the teacher’s job. Parents must trust their child’s teacher in the best interest of the child’s future without a bit of doubt. Teachers must also trust the parents of their students, and listen to their opinion without being biased.
3. Never starting the conversation, meeting or a discussion with complaints
Any kind of conversation, meeting or discussion with the parents should always start with a greeting and a word of praise for the child as every child has some good and unique qualities in them. Acknowledging every child’s good qualities and starting the conversation with parents by praising their child’s good qualities ensures the parents about the good interests of teacher for their child’s future. It also helps in gaining trust. Discussing the details of their child’s achievements to the parents, then gradually moving onto the main issues and struggles of the child can intrigue the interest of parents into listening more deeply to the teacher. After discussing the issues the teacher must add how the school is helping the child to cope with the difficulties; can maintain the interest of parents in the meeting and also the parents look forward to the next meeting to know about their child’s betterment.
4. Using the right Approach for communication
Different people have different communication styles. a teacher needs to tailor a communication approach that is suitable to parents as much as possible. This step is the first and foremost step to maintain regular contact and communication with the parents about their child’s growth. To determine a parents’ contact preferences, a teacher can :
- A teacher can directly ask the parents about their way of communication to be approachable at times.
- A teacher can make an introductory phone call, a text message, or an email asking about the communication preferences of the parents.
- A teacher can also make a google form asking about the communication preferences of the parents so that it becomes easy for the teacher to maintain the records.
- A teacher can also conduct a parent-teacher conference or a virtual parent-teacher conference based on the preferences of the parents and feasible circumstances.
5. Keeping the consistency of Parent-Teacher communication
Consistency is the key to better communication. A teacher can combine weekly emails with regular check-ins and real-time information like student’s attendance, daily progress, weekly performance, issues, and grades or marks. Consistency of Parent-Teacher communication ensures that both are o the same page to promote a genuine partnership with the same outcome which is a student’s betterment and progressive growth.
6. Ending the Parent-Teacher conversation by offering a Positive Reinforcement
Positive Reinforcement is always an important behavioral tactic while dealing with all parents. Ending the conversation with a statement of positive reinforcement ensures the parent’s trust in their child’s teacher. Instead of picking up on negative points like the child’s argument, slow growth, or any kind of negative behavior, a child’s or a student’s positive point should be appreciated first and then a teacher should point out the negative ones. Pointing out something positive and appreciating the child helps the parents and teachers in building a positive connection and effective communication.