Communicating with Parents

  • Communicating with Parents and Guardians

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    Initiate contact early on. Start by sending a welcome email or text to parents within the first week of school. Share a positive note about each student, such as their enthusiasm or curiosity about math. Include your contact information, including your school email address, and invite them to reach out with any questions or concerns. Let them know you look forward to meeting them and working together to help their child succeed. 

    Additionally, invite parents/guardians to upcoming school events such as curriculum night, open house, or any other events hosted at the beginning of the year. These events provide an excellent opportunity to meet in person and discuss the year's goals and expectations. 

    Provide multiple communication channels. Provide multiple channels for communication, such as email, phone, and text messaging. Do not give out your personal phone number or email address. Consider using your school LMS to communicate with parents and/or students, or applications such as Remind, ClassDojo, Seesaw, Google Voice, etc. 

    Share progress updates with parents and guardians. Consider providing regular progress updates to parents to keep them informed about their child's academic journey. By sharing updates every other week or month, you'll provide a more comprehensive picture of their progress and help parents stay engaged and supportive. In your progress updates, include summaries of student achievements and strengths, as well as goals and objectives for their current phase of learning. You can also highlight areas for improvement and suggest ways for parents to support their child's growth. Additionally, be sure to include any upcoming assessments or events that may impact their child's progress. 

    Send a newsletter or e-newsletter. Develop a regular newsletter to keep parents and guardians informed about classroom math goals, activities, and achievements. Use a visually appealing format with images, infographics, and include videos that highlight how parents can support their children at home with the math skills and concepts being worked on in the classroom. These videos can offer practical tips, demonstrate problem-solving strategies, and provide examples of activities parents and guardians can do with their children to reinforce learning. 

    Host a family math night.  Create an opportunity for students to shine and parents/guardians to share in the mathematical experiences that their children are receiving in your classroom. Organize family math nights, parent-teacher conferences, or other events that foster engagement and community building. Consider hosting virtual events or online sessions to accommodate parents with varying schedules. 

    Recruit parent/guardian volunteers to serve as tutors, guest speakers, or classroom helpers. This not only provides additional support but also helps build bridges between home and school. 

    Parent CommunicationCommunicate with clarity and respect. When communicating with parents, use clear and concise language that is easy to understand. Avoid using jargon or technical terms that may be unfamiliar to parents. Be respectful of the diversity of your school community and recognize that parents may have different communication styles and languages. Be mindful of language barriers – provide translation options for emails, newsletters, and in-person meetings. Consider using interpreters or translators for in-person meetings to help bridge the communication gap. By using clear and simple language, you can facilitate understanding and reach parents who may not speak the dominant language in the school or community.  

    Be culturally responsive. When communicating with parents and guardians, it's crucial to be aware of and respect cultural differences in communication styles, values, and norms. Avoid making assumptions about parental involvement or expectations based on cultural background, and instead, be open-minded and flexible when interacting with parents/guardians from diverse cultural backgrounds. Ask parents/guardians about their preferred communication methods and be willing to adapt to their needs. By celebrating cultural diversity and inclusivity in your school community, you can build trust and understanding with parents/guardians, ultimately leading to more effective communication and a stronger sense of belonging. 


    Building a Math Village: Developing School, Home, and Community Partnerships (focus 10-14 TCM)

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