Parent-Teacher Communication: Getting Off On The Right Foot

parent teacher communication

I take some time every year (usually around the second week of school) to send emails to the parents/guardians of all of my students.  It’s a good way to open the lines of communication on a positive note.  I don’t write lengthy notes, basically just a quick hello; something similar to this:

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Parent,

Hello!  I’m Mrs. Teacher, your child’s math teacher this year.  I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce myself and let you know that I am enjoying having Betty Sue in my class.  (I write something personal about that student here, like “I am very pleased with her class participation already!”). I look forward to a wonderful year with her!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have throughout the year.  I can be reached by email at email@email.com, or by calling the school at 555-5555.

I look forward to working with you this school year to help make Betty Sue’s 7th grade year a great one!

Thanks,
Mrs. Teacher

The notes are always well-received by parents, so while they are a little time-consuming, I think they are definitely worth it!

I’d love to hear how other teachers start their communication with parents each year!

Thanks for reading,
Christina

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How Parents Can Help their Middle School Children Succeed in Math

I was at a meeting today where we were discussing some of the challenges that we face as math educators and things that we can do to help boost student achievement.  One of the things that was brought up at the meeting was parental involvement in children’s learning of math.  Many of our students’ parents did not learn to do things the same way that we are teaching their children to do them.  Many do not remember the math they learned in 6th-8th grade.  Many struggled with math when they were growing up and therefore do not feel confident helping their children with it.  For all of those reasons (and more), a large number of parents do not know how to help their child be successful in math.

In reflecting on this, I came up with the following list of some of the ways in which I think that parents can help their child succeed in middle school math:

help your child succeed in middle school math

I would love to hear your suggestions, as well, so feel free to leave a comment with your suggestions on how parents can help their children succeed!

 

Thanks for reading,

Christina

 

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