Dealing with parents is a skill in itself which teachers must master. Parents can become friend or foe depending on how you handle them. Here are some key tips teachers can consider when trying to keep the peace with parents of students in their room.
- keep parents informed about curriculum and activities
Send home a monthly newsletter highlighting curriculum and special classroom activities to keep parents well informed of goings on in your classroom. Taking the guess work out of what you are doing in the classroom will make for happier parents.
- Keep parents informed about incidents or concerns at school
Parents do not like surprises about their children. Inform parents quickly and professionally about any concerns at school.
- Create a welcoming environment for parents
A pleasant smile, hand shake and introduction, or brief discussion at your door to set up a time for a longer discussion will help parents feel welcome.
- Keep administration informed about any parent concerns that have been voiced to you
If you see a potential for a problem with a parent or an actual concern, let your superior know as soon as possible. Administrators are able to ‘calm’ and ‘reassure’ parents about an issue when they have all the needed information beforehand.
- let parents have their say
Parents advocate passionately for their children and often all they need is to be heard.
- keep your students happy in your classroom because happy students create happy parents
Students returning home at the end of the day with an unhappy experience in or outside of your classroom creates unhappy parents. Creating a climate of warmth, kindness and mutual respect for all within your classroom is a first step to ensuring students return home happy at the end of the day. Instill in your students that you are their ‘go to’ person at school if there is a problem in or outside of the classroom. You can often solve the problem at school before it goes home when you are informed.
- a positive reputation in a school will carry you far with parents
Parents talk among themselves and you have no control over this. You want a positive reputation so do your best to win parents over.
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