Do you lose sleep at night because you lie awake thinking about how you could have done things better at work or at home? I spend most my nights awake reflecting on my day. I've tried reflecting in the evenings or even right after school. This doesn't work. Apparently my brain wants to take a nap from 10pm - 1:30am, and then lie awake from 1:30am to 4:00am talking to itself. When I have nights like this (They are more frequent than i'd like them to be) I embrace them. I've learned to sleep with a notepad next to me. The notepad helps me to write down the things I want to remember. I don't get up or turn on a light. I just lean over and scribble in the dark so I don't wake my husband.
Reflection is good for the soul. Reflecting makes me a better teacher, mom, wife, and business owner, and really just an all around person.
No matter who you are or what your profession is, I implore you to reflect! Use it to help you move forward, to work out your feelings and then the next time that situation arises you will be prepared to handle it.
It is incredibly hard for a parent to trust. It is also hard for a teacher to gain that trust. In order for teachers and parents to communicate and work together effectively the trust has to be there. Communication is an essential component to running a successful program as well.
To gain trust, you need to be trustworthy. Be positive. Be truthful. Create a welcoming environment not only for the children but also the parents. Make yourself available to parents. Give them several ways to make contact with you. Always respond in a timely manner.
In my program we use, email, text, a school app, a website, Facebook, a phone call or face to face contact, to communicate with parents.
The morning greeting is important too. When class starts one teacher needs to greet and the other can begin working with the children. This way you can have a personal hello with each child and their parent. This gives the parent a chance to let you know about an upcoming vacation or if the student didn't sleep well. When you take the time to do this before class, parents will come to know this is a time you are available for a quick comment. Be sure to make it quick though, other parents are going to want to talk to you as well. if the conversation is continuing on more than a quick tid-bit of info, ask the parent to meet you later after class, or email you. Whatever is best for you to continue the conversation.
You have to get to know a parent so you know how to effectively communicate with them. Every parent is different. Every parent need to receive information in a different way.