Establishing A Parent- Teacher Relationship This article explores how to develop a positive relationship between teacher and parent. This relationship is important to be built on trust in order to be most beneficial to the student. The first encounter between teacher and parent is important and should be done within the first week of school. This allows the parent to inform the teacher about his or her child, and for the parent to meet the teacher without any negative reports about their child. It is also important to have a follow up meeting approximately six months after the initial meeting.
This article also lists many guidelines for effective communication between teacher and parent.
Identify the purpose for the conference.
Communicate the purpose of the conference when requesting the meeting.
Allow sufficient amount of time to plan for the conference.
Plan for the conference by writing down any questions ahead of time.
Remain open and supportive and show a positive attitude.
Ask for examples and suggestions.
Clarify and Summarize important points.
The Child Development Institute, LLC (2008) Establishing a Parent- Teacher Relationship . Retrieved on 11/23/08 from http://www.childdevelopmentinfo.com/learning/parent_teacher.shtml
As a future elementary teacher, I think it is very important to know how to establish a good relationship with my student’s parents. This article gives helpful insight to both teachers and parents on how to make the communication most beneficial. These guidelines also give me a clear outline for the communication process. I now realize how important a first impression is. The article points out that when the first impression is negative, the communication is weak. The author states, “Neither party wins, and the biggest loser if your child.” I thought this quote truly puts it into perspective.
This article explores several different areas where music can be an asset in learning.
Subjects Advantages Music + Math Helps in memorizing essential formulas and skills Music + Language Helps in learning a second language specifically vocabulary Helps with basic skills in native language and with students with disabilities Music + Intelligence Helps engage emotions and ignites interests Helps remember important facts and elements of art history Music + Culture Helps teach movement and use of instruments Helps teach background, history, traditions and customs Music + Higher Test Scores Shows improvement on spatial-temporal skills, enhanced academic performance, and better social skills
Prescott, Jennifer O. (2005) Music in the Classroom . Retrieved on 11/23/08 from http://teacher.scholastic.com/products/instructor/Jan05_music.htm Even though a school may not have a fully developed music department, music can be incorporated in all curriculums and can greatly enhance the learning process for students. It allows students to explore themselves and their skills through creativity and expression. Music education has no standardized way of measuring a student’s improvement and skills, and is starting to be expendable. However, educators and the majority of parents feel strongly that music is essential in a child’s education.
Personally, I feel that music is an important component to education. This article does a great job of pointing out specifically how music is beneficial in the study of many different subjects. It can be a fun way to teach students without them realizing they are even learning. I also thought it was interesting that 95% of parents agree that music is a key asset; however, music programs are slowly fading away. This quote had a powerful message, “As a teacher, you have to open up every door, to every child, to let them discover their infinite possibilities.”
Teacher Tube is a website very similar to You Tube in the fact that you can upload, view and share media; however, it is generated mostly by educators and is intended for teaching students and fellow teachers.
This technology can be used as a resource for finding new and interesting lesson plans, to capture interest by showing a video to your students, or for teachers to upload their own instructional videos.
Teacher tube also has different Channels that you can subscribe to including Elementary, Secondary, and University. You can also search for a particular topic that you are interested in.
Using Technology in the Classroom: Teacher Tube, Online Resource for Educators. Retrieved on 11/23/08 from http://teachertipstraining.suite101.com/article.cfm/teaching_with_technology Teacher Tube Educational Online Community For teachers, students, parents and communities.
Teacher Tube seems like it would help making lessons plans more fun and interactive. This article gives an example of a skit about how not to divide that is very humorous. It points out an important fact that students spend many hours a day surfing the net. Teacher Tube can give them something educational plus entertaining to surf. Teacher Tube is a great way to integrate technology into the classroom. This quote seems very true to me, “Students will be more willing to watch a video to learn a concept than read one in a book.” This also applies to myself!
The three articles that I explored in this power point presentation all reflected useful knowledge in my future elementary classroom. It is important to me to be able to communicate with parents effectively, integrate music into my curriculum, and use technology to improve my lesson plans. These articles can be beneficial to any educator.