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Transcript of Teacher Interview
Mrs. Dias Teacher & Parent Communication Authoritative -8
Dysfunctional- 0 #2 Honesty Be honest with parents, remember although you spend plenty of time with their children they still know their children more than anyone else. Types of Families Parenting Styles Mrs. Dias has a total of 24 students in her class
Single Teenage Mother: 0
Two-Parent- Experiencing Homelessness: 0
Immigrant: 12 Engaging the "silent' or resistant parent I have experienced many difficult situations in my career but one that particularly stands out this year is a parent that would call me every single day. Every time I sent a note or letter home she would call the following day. I decided to have her come in so we could meet and discuss what was going on. At the meeting she shared with me the reason for always calling the school and office. She shared with me that she was illiterate and therefore did not know what any of the letters said. Therefore, she could not write any notes back to me. i referred her to our social worker and she was able to offer this parents classes in the community to teach her how to read and write. Working with families who have cultural and/or linguistic differences can definitely become a challenge for a teacher. Mrs. Dias always try to be sensitive to all cultures when speaking to families. She also does some research about every students culture. Mrs. Dias has an advantage in facilitating families who speak Portuguese and Spanish, but when there is a language that she does not speak she has a translator come into the meeting. Five Most Important Things to Keep in Mind when Communicating with Parents #3 Sensitivity #1 Be Positive #4 Effectiveness Working with Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Groups Janeida Utreras This particular school year , Mrs. Dias has experienced that a large percentage of her students' families would fall into a semi-laissez-faire category. She don't feel that they are extremely neglectful but definitely see's they have little control over their children. She has noticed that most of these families do not have structure in their homes nor any boundaries for their children. This makes it more difficult for the students to follow her daily routine as well as her rules to keep them safe during school hours. When communicating with parents it is important to be positive. Most of the time when teachers make contact with parents it's because something is wrong. Make sure to also make positive phone calls, send home notes and letters on how well a child is did. #5 Be Respectful Be sensitive with parents understand that all families are different. Parents might be dealing with family, work, health and/or financial problems. We cannot be so quick to judge these parents, its easier to talk to them and try to understand and hopefully help them. This goes for teachers who have children of single-parent, teenage mother, immigrant and/or two parent families-experiencing homelessness. Build a good relationship with your students parents. This is the first step of building effect communication with these parents, if they feel comfortable with you then it will be easier to speak to them when meetings are planned. Always keep in mind that what works for one family, might not work for the next. Make sure to have different methods of communication so you can always have a way to maintain contact with everyone of your parents. When it comes to communicating with parents always keep in mind that no matter if you agree with what they say or do you have to be respectful. For example, when dealing with a parent(s) that does not agree with what you are saying make sure to explain why it is you feel a certain why, perhaps ask the parent(s) why they feel the way they do. Understanding their viewpoint can help you develop a respectful response. Challenging Situations with Parents Mrs. Dias tries to invite the "silent" parent(s) into the school and classroom as much as possible to help them feel comfortable. Events or activities such as class trips, class readings, school assemblies, bake sales, fundraisers, etc. This gives them a chance to interact with the teacher and other parents. Caught you being good! Forms of Communication Send a happy note home on letting the parents know something positive their child did that day. Newsletters are sent home every month to inform the parents what will be taught in the classroom throughout that month. Letters are sent home to inform the parents of any special events, activities and school closings. Phone calls are the most form of communication between teacher and parents. Email is another method Mrs. Dias uses in her classroom. This year she doesn't use this method because only one of the parents in the class respond back to her emails. Jenny is a GREAT student! Parent Teacher Conferences are done throughout the school year. Parent Contact List Mrs. Gonzalez