Very often, the case arises that Children find it more comfortable to express around their teachers and it goes the other way around too. So, to cover up the missing gaps between what a child yearns for and what he gets.
The whole world is evidence of how crucial it is to have a good relationship with parents in schooling of the kid, a predominant factor of a child’s success. Thereby, I would like to point out some general guidelines in this regard for better fluidity and communication that might interest you.
#1 Plan before-hand
Before the academic session commences off, you should have a brief outlook on what all you plan to ask about in the meetings. For instance, less absenteeism; increased student performance; expectation from student and more. Doing all this ensures that you and parents are on the same page from as soon as the session begins.
#2 Trust is a must
There needs to an adamant bond between the parties, primarily for the reason as only then your suggestions would be looked upon by the parents. It’s your obligation to convey to them that every child’s education is a priority for you. Moreover, there should be immediate communication, if the need arises, in situations like the student engaged in a ghastly fist fight.
#3 Emailing your own views
This is the hard part of our education system. Us mere mortals are so confined within our comfort zones, the very thought of doing extra than required is enough to shake us. Still, if you’re eager enough, you can email your own personalised views for every child. Report cards pertain to a strict pattern, whereas your own report could be tailored specifically for the child in view, maybe writing a few lines on how an academic student can work upon its mathematics, without compromising with the former.
#4 Focus on the positives
All the aspects have to be covered here, from your body language to facial expressions to the child’s behaviour, everything needs to ooze with positivity from your side. This encouraging tone could appreciate your viewpoints in a great manner. Parents will pay more attention even if we’re talking about his/her flaws.
#5 Some topics need to be discussed in private
As the point says, occasionally, you should keep the student out of the picture if you feel that this matter, in any case, shouldn’t be disclosed in front of the child. Especially, if the child can be influenced easily.
#6 Two sides of a coin
Before jumping onto any conclusion (Even in your general life!), it’s better to hear the parents’ side of the story as well. It’ll be far easier to reach on a consensus if we get to hear the appreciations and complaints from both the parties. It can be that the parents might tell you massive insecurity, complications they face or anything, which might assist you in tackling the child’s development in a smoother way.
#7 Details matter
Keeping the classroom clean before the meeting, knowing the names of all the children even if the class size is big, decorating the board etc. just adds onto giving a better insight to the parents as well as the kids themselves about your commitment level.
I sincerely hope that you find these tips to be helpful. Always remember, a teacher’s role is the second most important thing in a child’s life; for most of us, our teachers are our true ideals and we truly are proud of it.