- Don't wait until there is an issue to connect with the teacher (68 percent)
- Ask about areas for improvement for their child (65 percent)
- Communicate regularly with the teacher (65 percent)
After School Advice: A Tutorial on Increasing Parent-Teacher Communication Outside the ClassroomKeeping up regular communication with a child's teacher can be challenging for parents, particularly when balancing work, personal and family responsibilities. To help, Roggeman suggests the following simple practices for parents to increase communication with their child's educators:
- Identify the best method of communication. Today's teachers are creating numerous ways to stay engaged with parents outside of the classroom. Whether it's via email, a social media group, classroom websites or handwritten notes, the options are endless. Find out the teacher's preferred method of communication for quicker responses and stay engaged.
- Ask about classroom activities and feedback on your child's performance. Learn about current classroom lessons and activities. Ask for constructive feedback on how a child is performing to better understand difficult subjects for your child and areas for improvement.
- Don't be afraid to ask for homework help. It can sometimes be difficult to help children with their homework as curriculum evolves and parents might need to "brush up" on a subject. It's natural - and not unreasonable - to ask educators for homework help and important to ensure children understand the curriculum.
- Don't forget to say "thanks." Teachers choose the profession to make a difference in students' lives. They manage anywhere from 20 to more than 100 students a day and act not just as educators but also as role models, guardians and caretakers for our nation's students. Don't forget to say thank you to your child's teacher for choosing the profession and for all of their hard work.