Communication with Parents & Community Sara Seller & Kim Nguyen
Basic Questions What are ways we can communicate? What are the benefits which result from communication? Where are appropriate places to communicate? Why is communication important? When would communication be beneficial? Who would be affected by communication? How can we communicate?
Communicating with Parents
This is a good time for the teacher to introduce them-self to the parents. Rules and expectations should be established. The teacher should communicate to the parents what he/she expects from them and what they should expect from him/her.
It is a good idea to give the parents an overview of what the curriculum contains for the year. A syllabus can be given out to the parents on this night as well.
Technology should be incorporated into the teacher’s presentation to the parents. It is always good for the parents to see how their children will be learning. Tutoring can be discussed. Let the parents know when you are available to tutor.
It is a good idea to give parents a brief overview of your history. Tell them about where you went to school and in what area(s) you are certified. Avoid telling them it is your first year!
Talk about school guidelines in general.
Always tell parents that you are looking forward to working with their child. Provide them with ways to contact you.
Back 2 School Nights
Because open house night is generally held toward the end of the school year, I think the teacher and the students should be in charge of presenting information to the parents. This is a good time for students to inform their parents about everything they have learned throughout the year. The teacher can keep a collection of work, which was submitted by the students, and allow students to show their parents everything they have done or created. Open house nights are a good time for students to present their projects. Not only do their classmates see their work, but their parents as well.
When parents see the success their child is having in class, they feel happy and proud of their child. Teachers should always strive to communicate positive things about their students to their parents.
These conferences may be arranged by the parent or the teacher. Parent-teacher conferences, at times, are arranged to discuss the poor achievement of the child. Other times parent-teacher conferences are arranged to keep the parent informed on the performance of their child.
Parent-teacher conferences may or may not include the child. Some schools practice students led conferences, where the students speak with their parents about their performance and grades in class with their teacher present. Other times the conferences are led by the teacher, or teachers of the child’s team.
It is important to urge guidance counselor and administrator to communicate with the parents when needed. When the child has been doing well or drastically show a negative change, guidance counselor should definitely be aware of the situation.
Math contests are a unique opportunity for teachers to work with motivated students and learn at the same time.
There are many math contests available locally, regional, and national.
Math clubs fosters interest and enthusiasm for mathematics through preparing members for math competitions, develop and sponsor math contests , and/or to become familiar with math topics outside of the high school standard curriculum.
Math Contests & Clubs
Schools and teachers can sponsor and promote activities throughout the community by:
Bring the community into the school to participate in math-related event
Show students how people in their community use math
Take math activities to the community
Information about particular topics among educators and/or students
Websites and podcasts to share ideas on math or related projects