Taking the UGH Out of Working with Parents
The Dutch philosopher Erasmus (1466-1536) is credited with originating the famed statement, “Women, can’t live with them, can’t live without them.” It isn’t unusual for teachers to apply this same philosophical insight to their own field of endeavor when they sometimes mutter, “Parents, can’t live with them, can’t live without them.”
There are so many different kinds of parents with whom teachers work. Some parents are incredibly supportive of teachers; others are less engaged in their child’s education, a distant entity when it comes to academic or social events; while others are just plain difficult to work with. It could be that the difficult ones are difficult enough that they tempt teachers and principals to view all parents through a defensive lens, but if this is so it is unfortunate. There are all kinds of parents and for the sake of the students it is important that teachers connect with parents as effectively as possible.
YOU CAN HELP!
With this in mind, I have a request of you. One of the topics we will cover in my Classroom Management class this quarter is the topic of “Working with Parents.” Will you take a moment and share a strategy or insight that pre-service teachers can keep in mind when they work with their students’ parents? It can be one strategy or it can be several. Your insights can be from the perspective of a teacher or they can be from the perspective of a parent? It could be a strategy that you have found to work well, or it can be something to be avoided. My students truly will benefit from what you share.
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