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Michael Mills
Apr 2, 2013 10:50pm

How can a new teacher promote parental engagement?

This question is designed for students of MAT 5320 (Univ. of Central Arkansas) but anyone is invited to share his or her thoughts! Specifically, how can a new teacher assert himself or herself in such a way to promote positive interactions of parents while not being overrun by parents who might challenge his or her authority?

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I'm a firm believer in creating rapport not only with the students, but with the parents as well. I think it is important for a new teacher to invite the parents to their classroom so that they can meet, converse, and interact with one another as well as with the students. This not only allows everyone to become acquainted, but allows the teacher to demonstrate to the parents how their classroom will be conducted. This is also a great time to ask parents to become classroom volunteers so that they are constantly involved and aware of what is going on with their child. They may want to volunteer in a number of capacities such as parent helper of the day or organizing a holiday party. It is just important to get and keep the parents involved throughout the school year. Also when interaction like this is created early in the school year it creates a relationship between the parent and teacher and builds a foundation for them to discuss any issues that might occur during the school year. It also forces not only the student, but the parent and teacher to be responsible for the education of the student in a cooperative way.
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I believe the best way to promote parental engagement as a new teacher is have an open, honest and frequent contact with parents. Communication breeds trust and having the parents’ trust is crucial in having positive parent teacher interactions. A new teacher who encourages parental involvement, shows his/her bona fides to her students and their parents, and does his/her best for the improvement of the students can promote positive interactions with the parents in a school year. As the teacher of future, I am well aware of the fact that I am not only supposed to contact with the parents when their kids do well or poorly in my class. I think parents should be also informed about the classroom activities that take place as well as upcoming exams their children should be prepared for. Setting classroom rules and procedures that comply with school and district policies helps a new teacher to maintain his/her authority and credibility which some challenging parents may want to shake. As long as a teacher has the support of the administration by his/her side, any potential and foreseeable complications with challenging parents can be resolved on time and easily.
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I believe that a new teacher can promote parental engagement, a positive environment, and keep the parent / teacher relationship boundaries by being straight forward with the parents and students. At the beginning of the year I would introduce myself and communicate what is expected of the students. I would share the rules and consequences with the parents and I would encourage parental feedback. I believe one reason teacher / parent conflict arises is because of miscommunication. I will not rely on students taking information to their parents for me. I will need to earn the parent’s trust and I will do that by interacting with parents through student folders, emails, phone calls, and the class web page. The more information I share with the parents, the more they will feel involved in their child’s education. Hopefully, my openness will demonstrate to parents that I am here to help their child and to be fair throughout the class.
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A few days before school starts there is an afternoon where students are allowed to come drop off their supplies and meet their teachers. As a new teacher I will talk to parents about the variety of ways that I will maintain regular communication with them. I will also have a suggestion sheet for any suggestions that the parents have on ways to communicate. I will encourage parental engagement in our classroom from the first day. I will be very open to suggestions it being my first year. I will remind them that we as a class can grow together during this exciting school year. If a parent has a complaint or tries to challenge my policies or an issue, I will openly listen and engage administration to help only if that is necessary. I think the first year will be the toughest year. However as the year progresses I think parental engagements both positive and negative will help you grow as an educator.
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A new teacher can promote positive parental engagement by being available for communication, being confident in himself and his teaching techniques, and by being respectful of all students and parents. The first piece is simply being available: providing clear channels of communication with parents and students. If possible, he should be available for an open house or meet and greet prior to the start of school and get to know the parents. It is especially important for a new teacher to display confidence. It should be made clear that he is in control of the classroom and the learning that needs to take place. Equally important is that he does this respectfully. In order for the relationship to be maintained in a positive way, students and parents need to understand that the teacher is genuinely concerned with the good of the student, and not just being in control.
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