Clarity and usefulness of communication: Parents and teachers should have the information they need to help students, in a form and language that makes sense to them. Surprise a Parent Parents are not accustomed to hearing unsolicited positive comments from teachers about their children, especially in a phone call from the school. Imagine how you would feel, as a parent, if you were contacted by a teacher or the school principal and told that your son or daughter was doing well in school, or that your child had overcome a learning or behavior problem. When you make calls to share positive information with parents, be prepared for them to sound surprised-pleasantly surprised. Research shows that school-home communication is greatly increased through personalized positive telephone contact between teachers and parents. Remember, when a phone call from school conveys good news, the atmosphere between home and school improves. When you have good news to share, why wait? Make the call and start a positive relationship with a parent. Phone Guidelines Sometimes, as a new teacher, it's difficult to make the first call to a parent or guardian. Preparing for the call will make it easier. Before making a call, write down the reasons for the call. One reason can be simply to introduce yourself to the parent or guardian. Here are several guidelines you can use as you prepare: Introduce yourself Tell the parents what their child is studying Invite the parents to an open house and/or other school functions Comment on their child's progress Inform them of their child's achievements (e.g., "Student of the Week") Inform them of their child's strengths or share an anecdote
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