Communication with Families
FST4-Foundations of teaching: Schools and Society
Most parents care greatly about their children and their education, so it is not only important to communicate with the parents, but also be sensitive with parents. Parents need to be involved and need to be welcomed into their child’s education.
“Teachers who include the family in the children’s education are recognized by parents for their efforts. They are rated higher by parents than are other teachers on interpersonal and teaching skills, and they are rated higher in over teaching ability by their principals.” (Epstein, 2001) According the Epstein, to be a successful teacher communication between teacher and parents is essential.
In the speech the teacher shows sensitivity to the parents of her students in three different ways. Fist, the teacher is sensitive and aware that there may be a language barrier that may impact the communication between the teacher and some parents. The teacher thanks the translators that are at the Back-to-School night because she believes “in keeping the lines of communication open between us.” The second way the teacher shows sensitivity is helping the parents be ahead of the game by giving them a copy of a big project that their children will need to complete later in the year. Lastly, the teacher is sensitive to parent’s schedules. The teacher states, “I realize that many of you work during school hours, so once a week I will stay at school until 8:00 PM. If you have any concerns or questions, you can come to school those nights and see me.”
With these three ways that the teacher has shown sensitivity, the parents may be more willing to come to the teacher with concerns or problems because the teacher is trying to be flexible with scheduling. They may come to see the teacher, even if there is a language barrier. “Language differences may cut parents off from important information and prevent them from sharing...