Several teachers, even those with experience, have a fear of speaking to parents about their child’s misbehavior.
Usually, they are afraid:
- The parents would get defensive about their children
- The parents would doubt their capabilities
- The parents would complain to school authorities and start making demands
While discussing behavior, teachers would say things that would annoy the parents. Since the topic of discussion would be their child, parents respond by fighting back. Their protective instinct kicks in; their emotions go out of control, and in a moment, the teacher would be apologizing and explaining the reasons for the decisions. Often, they have an impact on the critical teacher-parent relationship. However, such a situation could be avoidable.
There are several strategies that a teacher can use to getting parents on their side, including developing and promoting a consistent approach to effective classroom management. A professional, at the same time friendly personal style would also be helpful. Teachers must focus on having a transparent, non-judgmental approach to communicating.
Such strategies are essential, to be sure and would pay rich dividends in the long-run. However, there is one thing a teacher can do to not only secure parents support, but also their enthusiastic endorsement. It is a compelling strategy. It is quick. It is easy, and it is reliable. Even parents who have a reputation for being ill-mannered would support it. It does not require any additional work from the teachers. Teachers need not change their personality or make any transformation to their program. A teacher need not even have to meet the parents.
Every teacher must ensure their students have an excellent first day along with the first week and first month at school. Teachers should ensure they go back home feeling positive about being at school and should share their experiences with their parents. Students would then be encouraged to come to the classroom for learning while also convincing their parents that their children are in safe hands and would succeed academically. Parents would go to any extent to support the teachers when their child’s future is assured.
Parents want their children to take a step closer to independence. They know when their children are happy, they will progress socially as well as academically. Parents who are satisfied with their child’s progress would also share the positive feelings with other parents, thereby ensuring a teacher’s reputation also spreads. If you have not implemented these strategies in your classroom before, then it is time to consider them now.