Here are 5 things I think all teachers should know about parents.
1. Parents don't have a degree in teaching.I know this seems too easy, but it's true. Parents may know their child, but they don't always know how to help their child. They need you. Parents need to understand how they can help their child. Part of our job is teaching them to help their child. Make sure anything sent home is explained thoroughly. Don't leave this up to the student, they may not have been paying attention. If you notice a parent is helping "the wrong way," take the time to explain what their child needs. Make sure it's about their child...not about you!
Teaching Tip: Include a tutorial of new skills in your newsletter. Make sure this isn't perceived as demeaning. Keep in mind your tone and vocabulary. I had a parent volunteer who would read my "teaching tips" for parents. She read it as a parent...not a teacher. We want parents to be empowered to help their child not demeaned in the process.