First-Time Teacher’s Guide For Talking To Parents

Teachers at every grade level recognize the difficulty of managing a whole classroom. What’s even more challenging than dealing with troubling students is communicating these troubles their parents. Even experienced teachers may find this challenging. While teachers have valuable feedback, parents never want to hear that their child is the one causing the problems in a classroom. Which is why it’s imperative that teachers approach these conversations with clear, jargon-free language that doesn’t attack a student. Maintaining professionalism in interactions with parents is essential, both in-person and over text and email conversations. Teachers should provide regular updates and express appreciation for parental involvement, even if their child is slow to respond to that level of involvement. Balancing active listening and providing feedback to parents can be challenging. To learn more about how to do both better, check out the infographic featured alongside this post.

First-Time Teacher’s Guide For Talking To Parents this infographic was contributed by Silke Lessner, an organization providing professional development courses for teachers

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