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Reaching Out to Parents at the Start of the School Year

By Beth Newingham on September 7, 2012
  • Grades: 3–5

Developing a positive relationship with my students' parents is incredibly important. The school year runs much more smoothly when parents know that I care about their child and that I have their child's best interest in mind.

For this reason, I write parents at the beginning of the school year asking them to write a letter to me about their child telling me anything that may help me be the best teacher that I can be to them. I encourage parents to tell me about their child's personality, interests, talents, learning style, etc.

Not only does this letter help me get to know my students so much better, but it also sends a positive message to parents. It tells them that I value their input and want to alter my teaching to best meet the needs of their child.

You might also send them a simple parent questionnaire to help guide their responses.

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