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Partnering with Parents Parents can be a teachers best ally. No one cares more about a student than that childs parent. © Kappa Delta Pi 2014
Parent–Teacher Relationships Questions to Ponder 1. What are some of the challenges in working with parents? 2. What type of relationship did your parents have with your teachers? 3. How did that help or harm your educational experience? Good parent–teacher relationships have long been important. Video snippet: Its a Wonderful Life © Kappa Delta Pi 2014
Why Partner with Parents? Parents care as much and probably more about the student than you do. They know the student best. You accomplish more working with parents, rather than working against them. United front between teacher and parents achieves best resultshelps child realize what is most important. © Kappa Delta Pi 2014
Tips for Working with Parents Be sure to communicate both accomplishments and concerns. Do not wait until a crisis occurs to take action. ALWAYS treat parents with respect. Be willing to listen. Communicate frequently. Do not judge parents. © Kappa Delta Pi 2014
Effective Conferences PREPARE! (have notes and samples of student work ready to share). Strive diligently to remain on schedule. Arrange seating in a respectful manner (use full-sized chairs, equal seating). Sandwich concerns about student. Listen. Be honest and respectful, avoid blame. © Kappa Delta Pi 2014
More Conference Tips Let parents know how much you care about their child. Leave parents with a plan of action and a sense of hope. Allow time for parents to ask questions. Document conference. © Kappa Delta Pi 2014
Keys to Quality Partnership Inform parents when you are available and best ways to reach you. Communicate regularly. Maintain current and accurate student records. Retain copies of notes, phone calls, s, and meetings. Offer special activities that involve parents/families in school. © Kappa Delta Pi 2014
DEALING WITH DIVORCE BLENDED FAMILIES OPEN HOUSE Special Situations Involving Families © Kappa Delta Pi 2014.
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