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3 Real-World Practices to Build Teacher-Family Relationships and Teach Life Skills

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Touching the hearts of parents when it comes to valuing their children builds a fundamental relationship.

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You may wonder at what age to begin teaching this skill. Last week, I met a ten-year old who had the most amazing handshake. I remarked to his mother on the firmness of his grip and the focus of his eye. His mother shared that he is in 4-H and when he shows animals at the county fair, he needs to be confident as he approaches the judge. Extending a hand demonstrates a willingness to reach across an invisible line and begin building a relationship with another person.

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boxed cardsOkay…you may think “My gosh! Birthday cards! Like I don’t have enough to do!”

But wait…I’ve got tip that makes the work so much easier! In the first days of the school year, I ask students to address an envelope to themselves and then write a letter, a “note to self” exploring their goals for the coming months. I provide business sized envelopes that I purchase in bulk or better yet, get from the school office. I evaluate the formatting of the envelope and letter as an informal pre-assessment for their addressing and letter writing skills. As with the handshake, I typically discover another teaching moment: a lesson on how to address an envelope in preparation for mailing through the United States Postal Service.

I tuck these letters away to mail near the end of the school year and use as food for thought in May as we discuss how they hit or missed their goals.   As an aside, depending on the grade, skills, and technology access of your students, you can teach them how to hand address or set up the envelope using a writing program and printer.

Following the “note to self,” I use what I learned about their envelope addressing and letter writing skills to lead a mini-lesson on envelope formatting. That is followed up by distributing blank envelopes from inexpensive boxed birthday cards purchased over the summer. Students address this envelope to themselves and enter my name with the school address as the return address. In the space where I will later place the stamp, students enter their birth date. I collect the cards based on birthday order, from the most recent to the most distant birthday. Each week, I preview who has a birthday coming up, select a card among those I’ve purchased and write a short but personal message that lets the birthday celebrant know I am thinking of them and only them in this note.

Yes, I use real post office mail. Many of my students—rural or urban, rich or poor—have rarely or never received their own letter in the mail. An added benefit—if I were to email the message, parents wouldn’t know I had sent the birthday card. By using the USPO, cialis coupons 2013 parents see that their child’s teacher is taking an interest beyond the classroom.

In the beginning years of this practice, I began by looking up addresses and birthdates on my own, but I began to resent the time the search process took, not to mention the time to address, especially if the printer wasn’t cooperating! I quickly learned every moment I can save from my own task list is an additional moment I can spend on improving relationships.

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5856572477_c65a49fd94_zThe stories I could tell…but being limited by time and word length, let me just say that this is probably the most positive of all the family relationship practices put into place during my time in the classroom. The goal is simple—to provide a positive message through a phone call to the parents of every student in class by the end of the first twelve weeks.

To achieve this, I simply did the math: divide the number of students I see each day by the number of weeks I had available to use. Some tips here:

  • The cheap viagra 150 mg first days of school, I let my students know that I will be calling home and I also let them know these are intended to be “good calls” that focus on their positive attributes.
  • Make the first calls on behalf of wirkung viagra dauer students who are the most problematic, whether of behavior issues or struggles to learn. Postpone calls directed towards students who do school well. My reasoning—students who show problematic tendencies in your classroom didn’t just become that way nor did your “schoolies” just now get good at school. Parents know their children. To call the parent of your top student and share how well s/he is doing is no surprise and offers no insight. But call a parent of a student who has a laundry list of referrals, low grades, and unexcused absences to share “good news” is a practice that will build relationships, support teaching, and promote learning in the classroom and beyond!
  • As soon as a student does something you can commend, make the call—that afternoon. does viagra work with blood pressure medication Do not limit your calls to be focused on academics—kind behaviors, persistence in learning, insightful questions—are all valid reasons to applaud your students. When you acknowledge positive qualities in a student, pass that along home. Keep track of your calls—these can’t be organized like the birthday cards. These calls are spontaneously related to the classroom that day or that week.
  • If the parent does not answer, cialis generico mexico farmacias similares leave a voice-message but follow up. Do not leave a message with someone who might answer; however, if your student answers, I share why I have called and go on to explain that I want to share personally with the parent. I have had students erase messages not because they didn’t want their parent to hear a compliment, but because they heard my voice and immediately thought the worst. I promise you, most parents and students are not experienced with good calls home.

Handshake image courtesy of Flickr, Julia Taylor. Birthday card image courtesy of  Flickr, Phillip Bragg. Telephone image courtesy of Flickr, TaxRebate.org.uk. Teacher/student image courtesy of Flickr, jencu.

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