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Proactive Success

Found In: parent-teacher communication, parents

Being proactive early on sets everyone up for success. My students’ first assignment is to have their parents email me with a greeting and their expectations for their students. I invite parents without email to create a free account or ask them to contact me via my school classroom telephone number. Once they email or phone me, I can easily contact them if and when their children need help. I try to send a personal email to every parent as soon as I have contact emails or numbers. A missed deadline means an immediate contact from me.

Conferences are set up without formal dates, since I teach high school and formal parent teacher conferences only happen when there is a problem. Using this model, parents use the informal communication option with me most often. I have an open door policy, and parents contact me when they have concerns.

It takes some time on my part in September, but by December we are all on the same page. Parents and teachers want the same thing for their students – success and engagement. I am on their side, and they know that right from the beginning. I attribute the fact that I seldom have failing students in my classes to this strategy.


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