family.pngYour biggest ally is your parents! Work hard at getting them on your side early in the year!
  1. Keep a calendar or notebook near the phone (or somewhere handy to take with you to a phone) and document right on it any contact you had with parents, the date, and the topic. If you leave a message on the answering machine, note that as well.
  2. Email a text message: When some thing happens in the classroom, email a text message to a students and/or their parents, i.e. an email address might look like this:"3095556789@att.net"
  3. Remind101 provides a safe way for teachers to text message students and stay in touch with parents. It is 100% free and is used by over 700,000 teachers, students and parents to send millions of messages every month. FAST, SAFE & EASY https://www.remind101.com/
  4. Did you know that you can send a mass text message to your students and/or your parents if you know their cell phone numbers and their cell phone carrier?
    • All you need to do is to create an email list of cell phone numbers
    • of students and another list for parents.
    • Then send an email to their phones and they will receive a text message.
    • Send reminders to study for a test, test/quiz announcement/reminders, notification of important meetings/parent-teacher conferences,etc.
    • email addresses would look like this: phonenumber@phonecarrier - example: 3091234567@att.net
  5. A Worksheet for Math-Phobic Parents- also a video and comments - http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444914904577615690632669590.html
  6. Engage parents through a Blog Site (video) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPzy5Rcga04
  7. Check out this article - Increasing Parent Involvement in their Child's Education -

Parent Conferences

  1. My hint to teachers at conference time is that it is best to start out with at least two good things to say about the student before mentioning anything that could be interpreted as negative.
  2. Send a mass text message to your parents if you know their cell phone numbers and their phone carrier. All you need to do is to create an email list ofphonenumber@phonecarrier (i.e. 3095556789@att.net) for parents. Then send an email to their phones and they will receive a text message. Personally invite them to attend parent-teacher conferences, etc.
  3. 5 Resources for Parent-Teacher Conferences - http://www.edutopia.org/blog/parent-teacher-conference-resources-matt-davis
  4. 10 Tips for Productive Parent Conferences - http://dmantz7.sharedby.co/share/n3x4v7
  5. Good Body Language Improves Classroom Management - http://www.nea.org/tools/52227.htm
  6. More resources on body language - http://www.cybraryman.com/bodylanguage.html
  7. 12 Conversation Starters on What Parents Want You (Teachers) to Know http://shrd.by/5chjkv
  8. Tips for Setting Up Parent-Teacher Conferences! http://goo.gl/tpHMRa
  9. Student led conference example youtu.be/i5d75FJD6cc
  10. Help students set goals & reflect on their progress towards those goals: http://psolarz.weebly.com/93/post/2013/02/student-goal-setting-and-reflection.html
  11. What parents don't want to hear at parent-teacher conferences - http://www.journoadviser.com/what-parents-dont-want-to-hear-at-parent-teacher-conferences/
  12. About student/teacher/parent conferences (NPowell)...
    • I have found it hard but amazingly helpful to contact EVERY parent in the first nine weeks to introduce myself and make positive comments about their children. I contacted all of the parents I hoped to see at conferences with a phone call or email and that helped bring parents in. I also requested that they bring their child to the conference.
    • I started every conference with three good things (minimum) about their child and sometimes that was hard. If the student came with the parent(s), I asked them how they thougth things were going. I asked them what they thought would make things better and finished with what they were willing to do and what they thought would help them/what I could do to help.
    • Parents often followed up and I definitely followed up, especially when the student did positive things and showed improvement. My reputation with parents was elevated through these actions and it impacted student learning in a positive way.
    • Never underestimate creating good relationships with parents/guardians as well as your students.
    • As a teacher (veteran or rookie), conferences will go better if you've taken time to call home with positive things to say in the beginning of the year and not wait till conferences. You might even get parents that you might not otherwise get to come to conferences by taking time to make the phone call.