School Administrator's Clip File • October 14, 2020
Foster positive teacher-parent relationships
When the lines of communication are open between teachers, students and parents, everyone wins. Students become more motivated to learn, have better attendance and more positive attitudes. Teacher-parent relationships are especially important during pandemic learning conditions. Ask teachers to:
- Communicate with parents regularly. Send home weekly updates to let parents know what’s going on in class. Parents feel like partners when they are kept in the loop.
- Ask parents to contribute. Send home a questionnaire to find out about parents’ cultural traditions, interests, skills and knowledge. Invite them to share information with the class in person or virtually, when it connects with something being taught. Parents feel valued when they are asked to contribute.
Boost social and emotional learning
Social-emotional learning (SEL) has a clear connection to academic performance and students’ mental health. Whether students are learning in person or virtually, teachers can help them navigate these uncertain times.
Encourage teachers to:
- Begin each class with a warm, personal greeting.
- Engage students in partner work and group projects.
- Play games that build a sense of community.
- Give students lots of opportunities to talk and share ideas.
- Teach students strategies for resolving conflicts.
- Encourage students to set personal and academic goals.
Did you know?
October is National Principals Month! Let your voice be heard this month to honor, thank and advocate for all principals. #ThankAPrincipal for their hard work and dedication.