Good parent communication is a must for a successful school year. There are so many ways to communicate today — which ones are the best to use for parent communication?
Bullying is a major issue in today’s schools and it can have dire consequences. For instance, it’s estimated that nearly one-third of all students ages 12 to 18 years old have reported being bullied in some way at school. Students who have been bullied are more likely to have low self-esteem, difficulty trusting others, feelings of isolation, anger and in the direst cases — suicidal thoughts.
As teachers, so often it feels like we have to do it all. The backgrounds and experiences of our students vary, and we often feel like physicians trying to diagnose and treat. Teachers play many roles; parent figure, nurse, and sometimes even a counselor.
Trust is the foundation of any relationship, and it's one of the most important things for a teacher to develop with their students. Here's how to build trust with students and create a healthy classroom environment for learning.
A little preparation can set the stage for a more open and productive conversation with parents. They may be noticing the same troubling signs in their teen at home, or you may have a perspective that is new to parents. Either way, your goal should be to come from a place of caring and concern, and keep the focus on working together to connect the family with the best possible resources to help the student.
At the beginning of every year I make a promise to my students and parents that I will not yell at my students. I make this promise at back to school/meet the teacher night and I tend to get a range of reactions from the parents to this promise–some parents show relief while other parents show disbelief.