For Teachers: Effective Communication with Families

 

“A teacher affects eternity;
he can never tell where his influence stops.”

Henry B. Adams

 

What a positive thought – and one I firmly believe! I used to teach (Special Education). I remember those kids who returned as adults. They remember when we forget. They can recall the very words their teachers said that influenced their education and their lives. And, they remember with passion the extremes – the positive influences and the comments that had life-destroying potential.

If you are a teacher having difficulty communicating with parents or others who are working with your students, I’d like to help.

If you are a school administrator searching for ways to facilitate improved parent/school communication, let’s talk about the services I can offer to your school.

My focus (and my passion) is on helping school personnel or family members develop strategies that can enhance the effectiveness of home-school communication.

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I know, from hard experience, that teaching isn’t easy. Teachers, like parents, usually do the best they can. But, sometimes, the best may not seem like enough. With that in mind, this little poem seemed to express that thought quite well!

“Housework is a breeze.
Cooking is a pleasant diversion.
Putting up a retaining wall is a lark.
But teaching is like climbing a mountain.
– Fawn M. Brodie

I remember those mountains we all had to climb. The students who seemed to think their primary job was to test us to see if we knew how to do ours! The parents, frustrated with their children and with the seemingly impenetrable school bureaucracy; the non-teaching staff who tried, but were too overwhelmed to adequately help; the administrators, who appeared to have forgotten what it was like to be in the classroom; the legislators who must have had nothing else to do but pass more laws regulating classroom education – all of this can make those mountains seem even higher!

But – in spite of all these mountains – teachers keep on teaching and schools continue to function. And – just like parents – teachers keep on working hard to do the right thing.

Wouldn’t it be terrific if two of the most important influences in a child’s life – school and family – could figure out how to work together as a team? Wouldn’t our children function so much better if their parents and teachers could communicate effectively on their behalf?

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