Friday, January 3, 2014

5 Ideas to Share Positive News With Parents

It's important to build positive connections between school and home.  One way to help create this connection is through sharing positive news with parents on a regular basis.  Also, creating a regular flow of positive communication makes it easier when a phone call home for misbehavior is needed. 

Here are some ideas for how to get that good news into the hands and ears of parents:

1. Phone Calls - While this can be time consuming, especially for middle school or secondary teachers who can easily see 150+ students a day, it is one of the most effective strategies I've used.  You might want to add the words "good news" or "great news" in your opening statement like, "Hi this is _____ calling from ____ with some great news about _____."  More than one parents I have spoken with was quite confused at first.  They assumed my call was just another in a line of "What Johnny did wrong today" calls.  The positivity caught them off-guard, but after that phone call they were much more willing to work with me when Johnny did have a rough day.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

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