Teach Tip Tuesday: Make Contact with Students Parents.

If you are a Queensland teacher by now you will be in the full swing of teacher mode.

In the first two weeks it is really important to make contact with all of your parents or carers. I am not suggesting that you sit down with them and have a chat or call every single one but some sort of contact would be nice.

Teach Tip Tuesday: Make contact with parents within 2 weeks to setup a productive year.

How you go about contacting parents really depends on what year level you are teaching and just how many parents you need to contact.

Contacting home early has at least two benefits. Firstly your first contact will be a positive one and for some parents this is a nice change from the previous year. Secondly it gives you an opportunity to outline your expectations of their children and your style of teaching.

Here are 5 ways to contact parents that don’t take much time.

1. Hold  a come and meet the teacher morning, afternoon or evening.Teach Tip Tuesday: Make contact with parents within 2 weeks to setup a productive year.

  • Probably more suited to primary classes where there is generally only one teacher.

2. Send home a letter introducing yourself and outlining your expectations.

3. Send a text message to parents.

  • This can be really quick if you have a sms system already in use in your school.
  • Short and sweet, to the point means parents don’t have to spend heaps of time on your message.

4. Send an introductory email. 

  • Set up a class contact list in your email so that you can send out email communication throughout the year. (Don’t forget to use BCC!!!)
  • This also opens email up as a avenue for communication which can save you many hours of phone calls throughout the year.
  • Below is an example of the email that I sent last year.

Teach Tip Tuesday: Make contact with parents within 2 weeks to setup a productive year.

5. Send an introductory video. Click here to see an example.

  • A video makes it feel like they are really meeting you.
  • It also shows off your tech skills 🙂

 

Wishing all my colleagues a positive start to the new school year. If you have other suggestions for contacting parents in the first 2 weeks please comment below or leave a post on our facebook page.

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About cmcaton

I am a Secondary Teacher and Head of Department Mathematics in Education Queensland. I am passionate about the development of pedagogy that engages the 21st century student and love to explore their implementation in the classroom. Disclaimer: The thoughts on this page are my own and do not necessarily represent those of my employer.
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