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Working with parents is at the top of the list of teacher stressors. And boy, do we get it. Sometimes it feels like if you could take the adults out of the equation, teaching would be a walk in the park. But working with parents doesn’t have to be such a mental battlefield.
Below, you’ll find strategies to help you with the most difficult parts of working with parents, so that you can focus on what matters most.
1. Start with the basics
Doing these simple things can go a long way toward smoother parent-teacher relationships.
2. Use technology to connect
We love these apps for growing parent engagement.
3. Understand where parents are coming from
Perspective is everything.
4. Pay attention to sensitivities
Because when you show that you care, you build trust.
5. Be inclusive
Avoid tuning anyone out with these ideas.
6. Nurture parent involvement
Sometimes it takes a little creative thinking to get families involved.
7. Focus on relationships
Discover the most common roadblocks to connecting with families.
8. Handle strong emotions with care
Chances are, you can get to a place of mutual understanding.
9. Avoid the “he said, she said” battle
Nothing good ever comes of it.
10. Nail parent conferences
You can do it, really.
What are your secrets to working with parents? We’d love to hear in the comments.