Working with parents can be intimidating for some teachers, but there are steps you can take to set the stage for positive interactions and ease your mind as you navigate your school year. As with any other relationship, clear communication is key. We’ve rounded up some resources from top-rated Teachers Pay Teachers for handling parent communication needs to save you time, energy, and brainpower. Without further ado, here are three templates to help with parent communication Check it out!
Do you struggle with composing emails to parents? Rest assured, you’re not alone. Some wrestle with finding the right words to explain a tricky situation. Others may have a hard time being precise enough that the heart of the message doesn’t get lost. And many agonize over every word they write, taking up time that could be utilized more productively in the classroom.
Whatever your individual need may be in regard to writing to your parents, these email templates are an absolute gold mine! You’ll find entire emails written to address everything from behavioral issues to academic improvement to the recruiting of volunteers.
There are also single sentences that you can use when trying to include something positive about their child! The email text is fully editable to suit your needs, but it is written diplomatically, and concisely.
Great teachers will celebrate victories both big and small in the classroom, whether it be a shy student willingly offering an opinion, a struggling student asking the right questions to arrive at a correct answer, or a classroom leader who steps in to help a peer in need. But with the limited amount of time you have to work with, these shout-outs often end at the verbal acknowledgment. And that is perfectly effective in creating a positive classroom culture.
But trust me when I say your parents would love to know about these moments as well! These teacher note templates help you quickly send “happy mail” home to a parent. Heck, you can even have the students fill them out themselves; you can just sign or stamp them before sending them home. Parents don’t have to sign anything, either; once they’re out of your hands, you are done!
So make a bunch of copies (tip: use different colored paper if it’s available to make them easily recognizable), throw them in an easily-accessible drawer or bin, and be generous in lavishing praise to your students.
Some teachers are required to create newsletters for parents. Others may choose to do so. Either way, these classroom newsletters are a fantastic way to communicate the current events in your classroom. You can include information on content, upcoming important dates or deadlines, and even any classroom needs you may have. Another idea is to provide a list of tips for parents based on what you are teaching or just in general. You could even throw a class picture in there, just for fun.
Parents are always curious about what’s happening in their children’s schools, and kids aren’t always the best communicators to let them know.
So whether you have to put out a periodical newsletter or you just plain want to, these templates are easy to use, simple to edit, and laid out in a visually appealing way that parents will appreciate! We hope these three templates help you with your parent communication in your classroom.
And when you've finished with there three templates to help with parent communication - Remember: as always, these resources - along with countless others - are accessible in our searchable FREESources library. Whenever you’re in a pinch, we’re here to help!
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