It is a
given that all parents want their child to do well in and enjoy school. It is
also the goal of every teacher to provide each child with the best education
possible. Administrators work to maximize the potential of every student. Elected
school board members volunteer their time to insure high quality education for
every student enrolled.
The common factor in tying all these goals together is
communication! However, communication is a two-way process. It requires both
parties to make a conscious effort on a consistent basis. While we may not all
agree, it is often helpful to find out all sides of a situation before passing
This week, parents have a scheduled opportunity to meet
with their child’s teachers to communicate about their academic progress. It is
a great way to see how their child is performing in the classroom, as well as
their social and emotional status.
However, conferences are just one way to keep communication
lines open. Emails, written notes, telephone calls, or face-to-face visits are
all excellent ways to open the lines of communication between all stakeholders.
If a conflict does arise, go directly to the source to
learn the facts and discuss possible solutions. If you cannot reach
satisfaction, then follow the chain of command to get the situation resolved.
Be direct, with respect, in your communication.
It is not easy to hear things that are less than
positive, but sharing ideas and thoughts (with student benefit in mind) can
often yield positive outcomes.
Remember that we all share the common
goal of wanting students be successful at school and commit to communicating
"Communication works for those who work at it.”
-Dr. Paula Sissel,