While the partnership between the school and the family is more often established between the Administration and the Parents (Parent Interview), the Supervisors and Monitors are usually faced with the responsibility of communicating with the parents.
PARENTS ARE OUR PARTNERS, NOT OUR ADVERSARIES.
“The mindset of an effective teacher contains the belief that we must develop close working relationships with parents.”
– Robert Brooks
PRACTICAL POINTERS IN WORKING WITH PARENTS
- COMMUNICATE WITH EACH PARENT BEFORE SCHOOL BEGINS (OR IMMEDIATELY AT THE OPENING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR) TO EXPRESS YOUR DESIRE TO WORK CLOSELY TOGETHER.
- Typically, the parents are called for a conference when there is a problem.
- During the Parent Orientation, establish pleasantries with the parents.
- MASTER THE SANDWICH PHILOSOPHY IN COMMUNICATING PROBLEMS WITH PARENTS.
- Internalize the “positive-negative-positive” style of communicating.
- Use the “Subway” style.
- INFORM PARENTS OF INCIDENTS BEFORE THEY FIND OUT.
- Learn to write incident reports well.
- Do not wait until they get the report – call them that a report is on the way.
- IN CASE OF ACCIDENTS, IMMEDIATELY COMMUNICATE WITH THE PARENTS.
- DO NOT SURPRISE PARENTS WITH “SUDDEN” DECISIONS.
- Practice the art of “staircase” philosophy.
- Follow a process.
- REMEMBER PARENTS’ ANNIVERSARIES AND BIRTHDAYS.
- A simple note. A phone call.
- Go, if you are invited.
- PRAY FOR AND WITH THE PARENTS.
- Be sensitive.
- Ask for prayer requests.
- MAKE A HOME VISIT, IF NECESSARY.
- When a child is habitually absent
- When a child is sick for an extended period of time.
- REMIND YOURSELF – THEY ARE THE PARENTS.
- Never take the loyalty of the students away from their parents.
- Apply the “slanted news” principle.
10. BE GENUINELY INTERESTED IN THEM.