Ways for parents to communicate with their children's teachers

Posted on Friday, 3/15/2013 8:44 am

From Monday to Friday, students spend much of their time away from their parents, learning at school. As a result, teachers have an opportunity to observe how pupils are performing academically, as well as how well they get along with their classmates. For this reason, it is important for parents to know how to contact their children's instructors. When the communication channels are always open, educators can easily inform parents of any cause for concern, or just some good news that is worth sharing.  

Here are a few ways in which parents can communicate regularly with their children's teachers:

Send an email or call

Parents may have at least one phone number or email address for the school their children are enrolled at, but do they have contact information for each one of their instructors? It never hurts for parents to have teachers' phone numbers and email addresses. Parents should also offer teachers their own contact information, should they ever want to reach out and talk about their children. If parents ever have to contact teachers using either method, Education.com suggests they keep their messages brief and to the point. However, it is also worth noting that when school is in session, teachers may not have much time to respond to phone calls. If parents' only option is to call, they should be prepared to wait for a response.

Connect through an online gradebook
Thanks to technological advances, it is easier than ever for parents to track their children's progress at school. Online gradebooks provide an opportunity for increased communication between parents and teachers, as these web-based solutions can track everything from attendance to grades. So long as schools are using online gradebooks, parents can access important information at a time that is most convenient to them.

Chat while picking up the kids
While many students walk or ride a bus home, others wait for their parents to pick them up at the end of the school day. If the parents of young students are ever concerned about how their children are doing in the classroom or have any questions about what they are learning about, mothers or fathers may want to see if they can speak to a teacher when picking their kids up. It is important for parents to remember that for security reasons, they may not be allowed to roam the halls in search of their kids' teachers. However, if instructors are finishing up the day's work, and hear that a parent would like to speak with them, they probably will not see much harm in taking a few minutes to have a chat.

Parent-teacher conferences

Mothers and fathers should not forget that they have an opportunity at least a few times each year to attend parent-teacher conferences at their children's school. According to the National PTA's website, these meetings are an ideal time to ask questions about students' progress, as well as brainstorm ways in which they can work together to ensure they are doing everything they can to help pupils succeed. For example, maybe instructors can recommend materials, such as student software, that can help kids get ahead in school.

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