Being a teacher there is nothing more important than the relationship with your students’ parents. Having a good relationship with parents is essential to ensuring students are receiving the best education. Throughout the long school year, there will be times when the parent and the teacher are not always on the same page, but that does not mean they cannot work together. Here are five ways teachers can improve the relationship with the parents of your students.
Smile When You See Parents
Greet them. There is nothing more contagious and welcoming than a smile. If you truly want to create a great relationship and partnership with your students’ parents just simply smile when you see them. That smile from the teacher to the parent can be all that’s needed to have a great relationship.
As a teacher, it is important that after making initial contact that you continue the contact. Parent contact is not always about calling them on the phone. Make an effort that if parents pick their child up, you stop and have a conversation face to face. One of the best ways to build that relationship is to communicate weekly in a newsletter. Parents will appreciate when they are kept informed about what is going on in the classroom and in the school.
Learn from Parents
Just as parents can learn from teachers; teachers can learn from parents. Listen to parents when they’re talking about their child. They may give you insights about the child that you were unaware of. As children get older, parents are not often asked how they can contribute or don’t know what to do. Let parents know how they can help you.
When parents come with questions, point them in the right direction where they can find help. If you share a concern, be prepared to suggest resources. Another thing you can do is create a resource. Create a website with basic information such as contact information; policies, supplies needed, and expectations that you have for students and parents for a successful year.
Give positive reports
No parent wants to hear how their student is not doing well. The quickest way to become isolated from your students’ parents is to be the teacher that always calls when the student is in trouble. Of course, that shouldn’t be the only time you call, but be sure to mix in some positive reports in those communications. Parents need to know that when the teacher calls it can be either positive or negative.
Remember that the parent and teacher relationship should be a partnership. When parents and teachers can successfully work together to ensure a child’s success. It’s a win-win situation for all involved!