With the onset of the global pandemic, our educational systems have turned to the new normal - remote learning/online classrooms. Beating all odds, teachers have put in endless efforts to make virtual learning platforms as close to real classrooms. But moving into this cyber world of learning has raised several concerns among teachers and parents, especially regarding the modes of communication.
Maintaining a good communication channel between teachers and parents creates a holistic learning experience for students. Parental involvement will help teachers to understand more about a student’s learning nature as well as their character outside school. Two-way communication will aid in sharing relevant information about the student, and assess as to where the student needs monitoring. Parents who are actively involved with their ward’s school progress, tend to have a positive view of teachers and this is, in turn, can reflect on improved teacher morale.
When there exists a busy day of prepping class notes, arranging papers, evaluating assignments, and sometimes managing more than a hundred students online, teachers may forget to acknowledge the parent community. In these difficult times of making online classrooms work, a simple gesture of leaving them a text message would be enough to keep a track of their child’s progress. It may not be easy to manage a hundred students every day, but tiny gestures go a long way in a school environment.
We have put together a few good tips to strengthen the teacher-parent relationship, and we believe these are requisites that can influence a student’s academic and non-academic paths.
The first impression, make it the best impression!
Communication via email, text message, or in person, be warm and welcoming. Being friendly goes a long way. Communicating through any platform should make the parents feel wanted, it reflects on the attention that teachers give to students as well. Offer encouragement to parents who need it, make eye contact while you speak to them in person, and always smile!
When communicating to parents, teachers should always put in a positive word about their child. This will give parents an optimistic and hopeful picture of their child’s progress.
Keep it clear
When addressing issues regarding academics, communicate openly to parents. Keep it crisp and clear, not with unnecessary small talk. Well, to keep it clear here, do not beat around the bush!
Share the details
With classes being conducted online, teachers need to inform parents about the applications being used, modes of communication, regular assignments and tests, the portals that can be accessed by students and the ones that need limited access, class timings, and the rules to attend classroom sessions online. This is highly crucial to maintain a healthy relationship with the parents. Teachers should be specific as to what they expect from parents and how they can help their children learn from home.
Keep them posted, literally!
Online class tests and weekly reviews could be a challenging task for teachers. To inform parents is another hurdle, especially with a bunch of other students on the list. To overcome confusion and maintain a record, teachers can set up a schedule to e-mail, text message, or call parents, in an orderly manner. In this way, parents are also aware and know what they ought to do.
Be responsible, be resourceful
When parents call to ask for doubts or raise concerns, take charge of responsibility and give resourceful answers. Make a list of information that parents may need, like contact information, school supplies, assignment schedule, due projects, and even teacher expectations from parents and students.
Learn from parents
Unquestionably, it can work both ways. Teachers can learn from parents too. When parents call to inform about their children, teachers can get insights about particular students that they were previously unaware of. In this way, teachers can help students and assist them in other activities if needed.
Share every little success story
This is a great way to keep parents in the loop. With every small achievement, teachers can call up and inform parents about their child’s success. Parents love to hear positive feedback and look forward to hearing more, always!
Parents are an integral part of a child’s school life. In fact, parents benefit from being involved in their child’s education by getting ideas on how to help and train them to become better citizens. Interestingly, parents value their school involvement and develop a better appreciation of the role they play in their child’s future.
This goes without saying, but teachers are the cornerstone for every student’s little step to progress. Without a teacher’s involvement, no communication is complete and perhaps, no lesson is of value. When teachers and parents work towards one goal- to support their child/student, the equation balances out just fine. Well, that is what this is about.