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Getting the Family Involved

Found In: parents, parent-teacher communication

Parent involvement is critical to a child’s success in school, so there are a few things I do contact parents, build rapport, and stay in touch with them.

  • I have offered to meet families on neutral ground. Some are uncomfortable coming to school and some don’t care for home visits. I have met at McDonald’s, the library, even at the park.
  • Invite the family for an activity or event. They may be willing to come in to do something for the child and his class. Grab a few minutes to chat as you are thanking them for coming.
  • Tell the family that you want to get some advice from them. This can level the playing field and make them feel valued.
  • Ask a family member to share their hobby or job with the class. Chat afterwards.



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