As a teacher, establishing professional relationships with parents is crucial for the success of your students.
Not only does it help to create a positive learning environment, but it also ensures that parents feel connected and involved in their child’s education.
However, building these relationships can be challenging, especially when it comes to setting boundaries and maintaining a professional connection.
We recently hosted a CPD webinar for teachers with Rebecca Morrissey on this topic.
Rebecca outlined ideas to support teachers, parents and students – she emphasises that teachers do what works for them and not to overload themselves!
Here are some tips from the CPD course to help you establish positive relationships with parents while maintaining professional boundaries.
1. Communicate regularly and effectively
Effective communication is key to building strong relationships with parents. It’s important to communicate regularly and keep parents informed about their child’s progress, academic achievements, and any concerns you may have. Make sure to use clear and concise language and be open to feedback and questions from parents.
This can be done through parent-teacher meetings, progress reports, and sharing positive information with parents. Rebecca includes downloadable templates that makes the sharing of good news stories easy peasy!
2. Set clear boundaries
While it’s important to establish a positive relationship with parents, it’s also important to set clear boundaries.
As a teacher, it’s your responsibility to maintain a professional relationship with parents and avoid becoming too emotionally involved. Make sure to keep your interactions with parents focused on their child’s academic progress and avoid discussing personal matters or becoming too friendly.
If you find that a parent is crossing boundaries, politely redirect the conversation back to their child’s academic progress.
Rebecca shares a downloadable framework she uses to introduce parents to her contact times and manage expectations. This is utilised at the start of an academic year to set the tone in a clear and transparent way.
3. Build connections with parents
Building connections with parents can help to strengthen the parent-teacher relationship and create a positive learning environment.
Try to find common ground with parents, whether it’s through shared interests or experiences. Attend school events and participate in extracurricular activities to get to know parents outside of the classroom. This can help to build trust and foster a sense of community among parents, students, and teachers.
An easy win for teachers is to have “windows to learning” through using digital tools like Seesaw or Class Dojo. Rebecca highlights how she uses digital tools as an efficient way to include parents in classroom learning.
In conclusion, establishing professional relationships with parents is essential for the success of your students. Effective communication, clear boundaries, and building connections are all important components of building positive relationships with parents. By implementing these tips, you can create a supportive learning environment that benefits both students and parents.
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