It seems obvious that its teacher’s accountability to teach children and groom them to excel in life but actually, the involvement of parents in child’s learning is a crucial contributing factor because learning is never limited to school campus but is a 24*7 ongoing process.
Parents are the first teacher of a child and his learning begins from home. Researches indicate that a parent’s role in a child’s learning is very critical to their scholastic achievement. Parents can be a helping hand and guide the child throughout their educational journey by dedicating time and attention in their learning processes such as helping them with school assignments, reading together, prepare them for tests, take them on educational tours, talking to their teachers regularly, etc. An equilibrium of education at home and school can mold the student’s actual learning.
Teachers can utilize a range of communications styles and channels to encourage parental participation to improve the teaching atmosphere of children. In this age of Internet society, the rapid evolution of communication technology has expanded the communication channels between parents and schools. This opens communications lines and involves parents in all their children’s activities in the classroom; keep parents informed about school events, classroom procedures, educational strategies, assignment dates, behavior, academic progress, or anything school related.
As the teachers prepare for the upcoming school year and gear up to meet a whole new set of parents, here are few ways to help them establish active communication with parents:
- Communicate often: Make sure you interact frequently. Keeping parents regularly informed about their kid’s performances will help the parent in knowing their child’s actual position in academics which can be further helping in making improvements.
2. Be positive: Effective communication between parents and teachers starts with positivity. No parent would like to hear negatives about their child. Start by stating something positive about a student. A little bit of positivity goes a long way. It will make the parent interested in the conversation; as parents appreciate getting positive notes, not just negative ones.
3.Text Messaging: Texting is not a very rich mode of communication but it can be a useful gateway for communicating essential news even for low-income families who are not able to afford smartphones.
Teachers who text might consider doing the following:
- regular positive recommendations for enhancement of child.
- remind parents about important assignments and upcoming tests.
- fill in parents on what students are studying in class.
4. Parent-teacher meetings: In person contact through PTMs is the most effective way to communicate with parents where a teacher can discuss academic progress and goals, what the student needs work on, and any concerns the parent has with their child or the education that they are being provided with. But the downfalls of PTMs is that not every parent is able to attend them regularly because of their busy schedule or some other reason. So it’s important to be flexible when scheduling conferences and also using other modes of communication along with this.
5. Monthly Progress Reports: Progress reports can be sent home weekly, monthly or a couple of times a year. This way of connecting gives parents tangible evidence of their child’s academic advancement. It’s ideal to include your contact information in the progress report, just in case parents have any questions or remarks about their child’s performance. Within this, you can also include: monthly goals, school events, monthly assignment, etc and keep parents informed with important information.
Make Technology friend:
Technology is an extraordinary method to keep parents informed because it allows you to get information out really quick. Information like assignments, project due dates, events, extended learning opportunities, and explain what educational strategies you are using in the classroom can be shared with the parents directly on a click. These online communication mechanisms are more convenient for parents, in case they do not want to interrupt their workday to phone a teacher or attend a PTM.
This can be done using
- Mobile Apps
Using these tech tools to connect to the parents will :
- Increase transparency
- saves your valuable time
- gives easy access to information to parents
Using Mobile Apps to strengthen parent-teacher relationship:
It is almost impossible for a teacher to give a personalized performance report of each child to his parents during PTMs. But this can be done very easily if done on a daily basis using mobile apps.
From checking the child’s attendance, tracking real-time location, comparing performance in various assignments, to paying fees and other charges, mobile apps are making life easy for parents. Regular marks and homework notifications keep parents up to date with their child’s academic progress.
Similarly, for teachers, it drastically cuts down the administrative work for the latter, and they can focus more on teaching and this also keeps them in direct contact with the parents. The teacher can convey any important information like advance reminders for holidays, enrollment time-frame for various competitions, the weekly schedule for multiple subjects, changes in the school policies, and other school-related updates to the parent at any point of time with just zero efforts.
Using Parent-teacher communication mobile apps like Schoollog , can enhance parent-teacher communication in ways that alleviate communication challenges and barriers of time and distance that teachers and parents often face.