Effective Parent teacher Communication- A Two Way Approach

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Tips for teachers :

1.”Do not communicate only to complain but do give some positive strokes to your communication” there is some inherent good in every child

2.As a child centric facilitator always keeps in mind the importance of the communication as it impacts the home environment where the child  faces the parents on reaching home after the end of his day at school.When communicating with parents, consider your remarks in relation to the three categories that influence how parents participate.

  • Academics and other school activities.
  • Social interaction and accomplishments
  • The impact on the child.and how parents can help at home with their child’s learning

3. Try to understand the reasons for the child’s behaviour by getting  to know the background and analyse before jumping the proverbial gun.

  1. Be suggestive in your communication rather than authoritative .
  2. Respect the individuality of the child. Refrain tarring everyone with the same brush….in other work be different and deal one on one . Every child is different and responds differently to any given stimulus. Convey your concerns accordingly
  3. Initiate communication after a great deal of thought and avoid passing generic off the cuff comments as it puts off the parent and conveys casualness
  4. Be consistent on your communication – parents appreciate on going feed backs.
  5. Follow up is a must within in the given timelines- setting the ball rolling and catching up on measures take thereafter speaks of the teachers sincerity and keenness to solve related child issues.
  6. Be gentle yet firm and convey with conviction and yet be flexible to change your opinion after the interaction if required…you may not always be right.

Finally start your communication on a positive note……it lowers guards and makes the parent moe open to suggestions.

Tips for parents:

  1. Communicate appropriately to the teachers issues that are of concern to you at the beginning of the session…your child is in his/ her care for almost half the day.
  2. Maintain cordiality in the communication by respecting the teachers time and personal space.
  3. Words of genuine encouragement / praise work for the teachers as well as they do for the children.
  4. Be involved but refrain from going overboard. Very rarely will you find a teacher not being involved in your child’s growth and development.
  5. Trust the teachers for her inputs and yet be firm if convinced otherwise and be transparent- it is your child that is important and is very observant of the signals that he/ she absorbs.
  6. Share the child’s weaknesses and strengths both as you perceive them . It aids in the collaboration between the teacher’s agenda and lesson plans with the parent so that the skills being introduced in the classroom are being reinforced in the home environment.

Finally I would like to suggest some key words for effective parent teacher conferences:

  • Consistency
  • Collaboration
  • Trust
  • Transparency
  • Empathy
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