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    • Forming Partnerships with Parents
      FORMINGPARTNERSHIPS WITH PARENTS
    • Forming Partnerships with Parents
      James D. Morrow
      UNCC
      MAED 5040 – 090
      Dr. Adam Harbaugh
      April, 2010
    • Forming Partnerships with Parents
      Parents
      Teachers
      Middle School Success
      Students
    • Forming Partnerships with Parents
      How can Teachers get Parents engaged in their Child’s Education?
      Initial Letter to Parents
      Back to School Night
      Open House
      Parent Teacher Conference
      School and Community Mathematic Clubs
      Mathematic Contests
      Community Outreach
    • Forming Partnerships with Parents
      Community Mathematics Contests
      Back to School night
      CMS Parent Assistance
      Parent Teacher Conference
      Parent Teacher Relationship
      Mathematic Clubs
      Open House
      Quarterly Newsletter
      Initial Letter to Parents
      Electronic Communication (Emails)
      Communication sent home with Student
    • Forming Partnerships with Parents
      Initial Letter to Parents
      1st Impression
      A little about yourself and teaching philosophy
      Course Description
      Class Rules and Expectations
      Materials Needed
    • Forming Partnerships with Parents
      Initial Letter to Parents (Cont.)
      Class Milestones (Projects, Major Tests, etc.)
      Grading Policy
      Discipline Policy
      Contact Information
      Reference to NC SCOS
    • Forming Partnerships with Parents
      Back to School Night
      Parents have seen your letters – now they meet you in person.
      Parents see the environment where there child is learning
      Parents follow student’s schedule. Teacher gets 8 to 10 to discuss the following:
      Describe fun project and activities students will be doing.
      Review and participate in student’s current work – Show parents what students are working on. Have displays around the room.
      What parents should expect from their child (in line with NC SCOS).
      Grading Policy
      Contact Information
      Emphasize how parents can provide a home environment where homework is a priority.
    • Forming Partnerships with Parents
      Open House
      Consider Student-Led Open house where student presents their work to their parents.
      Have students maintain a math portfolio of all their assignments in including projects.
      Display student work including posters, physical models, multimedia presentations, etc.
      Make sure classroom is neat and organized.
      Will have limited one-on-one with parents.
    • Forming Partnerships with Parents
    • Forming Partnerships with Parents
      Parent Teacher Conference:
      Questions to be asked by Parents
      Is my child performing on grade level?
      How well is my child performing on tests?
      Is my child behaving in class?
      Is my child adjusting socially?
      What are the most important assignments
      coming up in class?
      What is the best way for me to communicate
      with you?
    • Forming Partnerships with Parents
      Parent Teacher Conference:
      Information Teachers need from Parents
      Any changes in the home that could affect school performance
      Any difficulties your child may be experiencing in school
      Your child’s special medical needs
      Your child’s after school activities
      Your child’s hopes and dreams
      The best way for the school to communicate with you
    • Forming Partnerships with Parents
      Tips when preparing for Parent Conferences:
      Post a conferences schedule by the door to help parents be aware of time.
      Keep some chairs outside the door so parents have a place to sit outside the door if conferences are running behind.
      Put a desk outside the classroom door by the chairs.  On the desk we keep copies of the how to help letters and also testing information. It might be a good idea to keep a basket of books underneath the desk to keep the kids entertained while they wait. Bonus points if the books are class made.
    • Forming Partnerships with Parents
      Preparing for Conferences (cont):
      Keep a large digital clock in view of both yourself and the parents.  It is easier to stay on schedule and on time!
      When you are conferencing try you best to face the door so you can see if your next appointment arrives.
      Keep all my information for each child parent clipped together.  This includes required district paper work, a writing sample, individualized reading list and any other important information.
    • Forming Partnerships with Parents
      Compliment the child and parent. Praise goes a long way too setting the tone for a conference
      Always stand up and greet the parent.  Go up to them, not the other way around. If the parent looks open to it, stick out your my hand for a handshake.  Some of the parents may not be comfortable at school and it is area effort for them.  Make them comfortable.
      Always start out with a compliment or a cute anecdote about their child.  Regardless of how involved, every parent loves their child and will be appreciative if they know you appreciate their child.
    • Forming Partnerships with Parents
      Show Parents the Documentation
      Go over your checklist like district benchmark paperwork on reading and writing levels and a writing sample.
      Use oral explanations for progress. Have a running record ready, however, most parents tend to glaze over when explained what all the checks mean on a running record. State everything in layman terms.
      Keep examples of the student’s math work to show the parents.
    • Forming Partnerships with Parents
      If you have Academicconcerns with a student's progress
      If a child is doing math work at below grade level, have an example of work their child is doing and compare it against the work students at grade level are doing so parents can see the difference.  This usually floors most parents and is a pretty good way to illustrate your concern without being negative.  If done in a correct tone, it can really demonstrate in a caring way your concern.
    • Forming Partnerships with Parents
      If you have Attentionconcerns with a student...
      Is attention issues related to student’s age?
      Is the student disruptive in class?
      Is the student finishing their in-class work or taking a long time to finish.  Time the assignment and document the time it takes a student to finish a problem.
      If you do this on a few assignments, this can be a real eye opener.  Use a positive tone. Have a caring tone. Try the line “I wonder how successful he can be when he is focused….”
      Do not insinuate any medical issues like ADD and ADHD. Be careful what you say. You and the school system might be held financially responsible for indicating a child may have medical issues.
    • Forming Partnerships with Parents
    • Forming Partnerships with Parents
      If you have Behavioralconcerns with a student:
      Try to feel out a parent to see why their child can be disruptive sometimes.  Give specific examples of behaviors and ask, "Do you notice these behaviors at home?" If they answer yes ask," How do you handle this at home?"  Parents need to be a part of this and feel like they are a part of this.
      Maybe ask parents what they say to their child and then try to mimic (if it is appropriate, some parents are a little more rough around the edges than I am comfortable being) it when the child does this at school.  If the parents answer no, then I usually give them prompts like "Does he have a hard time getting homework done?  What makes it a battle?  How long does homework take?  Does he sit at the table to eat or is he moving around a lot?"  This can sometimes give you a good lead in.
    • Forming Partnerships with Parents
      Thank the Parents
      Always end with a Thank You and a handshake. 
      Try to walk the parent to the door (like I would a guest in my house).  This is a good way to get rid of the very talkative parent. It also allows you to be ready to greet the next family.
    • Forming Partnerships with Parents
      Parent Teacher Conference Links
      http://www.educationworld.com/tools_templates/index.shtml
      http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/curr291.shtml
      http://www.pre-kpages.com/conferences.html
      http://www.nea.org/parents/ptconf.html
      http://www.nysut.org/newmember/survival_conferences.html
      http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/Tips/Parent_Teacher_Conferences/
    • Forming Partnerships with Parents
      Other Forms of Communication
      Weekly Folders
      Class Websites and Emails
      Positive Phone Calls
      Parent Surveys – child’s adjustment to class
      CMS Parent Assistance
    • Forming Partnerships with Parents
      Video: Parent Teacher Home Visit Project
      http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7752830435959282528#
    • Forming Partnerships with Parents
      Questions
      and
      Answers
    • Forming Partnerships with Parents
      References
      http://www.mandygregory.com/Conferences.htm#Forms and Notices
      http://www.educationworld.com/tools_templates/index.shtml
      Teaching Mathematics for the 21st Century - Methods and Activities for Grades 6-12, Linda Huetinck and Sara N Munshin, 2008 Pearson Education Inc.
      http://www.cartoonstock.com/directory/p/parent_teacher_conference.asp
      http://newteachersupport.suite101.com/article.cfm/communicating_with_parents
      http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7752830435959282528#
      (Google on “Parent Teacher Home Visit Project” and select video)