Sunday, February 17, 2013

How Often Should a Teacher Contact Parents?

This is something I often wonder, both as a teacher and as a parent.

As a teacher I like to contact my students' parents as much as possible - to share good news as well as troubles in class. One of my goals this year was to contact parents at least twice a month. (I am only teaching one class so I have about 25 students instead of closer to 100 so this is a reasonable goal, I think.) If you could general communications to all parents then I am doing pretty well. Of course there are some parents I contact much more often than twice a month.

I do wonder though if I am annoying parents by being so quick to pick up the phone or send an e-mail. I know that as a parent I welcome any communication from my daughters' teachers. I want to know exactly what is happening in class and what I can be working on at home.

I was at a play date with another mother from my daughters' class and she basically said the same thing. In fact, she was wondering why she wasn't hearing more from the teacher.

So, it seems like parents like communication from teachers. However, I still have children in preschool, maybe by the time they get to middle school I will feel differently...

I would love to hear some opinions on this. Am I contacting parents too much, not enough or just right?

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