The beginning of school is still a week away and since I don’t need to spend any more time on classroom set-up, I have decided to instead invest my time building a strong foundation for relationships with the parents of my students.
I want the parents of my students to know they are an important part of this learning community. I want the parents of my students to know that I value and respect their input and perspective about their child’s education. I want the parents of my students to know their voices matter and are welcome.
As usual, I sent an initial email home to parents introducing myself. But this year I also decided to share the same information via a YouTube video to hopefully reach those parents who are unable to read English or who prefer millennial forms of communication.
In this email/video I invited the parents to schedule a pre-school year, informal, get-to-know-you style meeting with me, where we can discuss their hopes, dreams, goals and fears for the upcoming year. If parents are unavailable to meet face-to-face I also offered options to schedule a phone call or complete a Google Form.
Whatever the method, I am hoping to ask the following things:
- What would you like me to know about your child?
- What are your hopes for your son/daughter this year?
- What do you need from me to support those hopes?
- Is there anything you are nervous or worried about this year?
- Is there anything you would like me to know?
I’m not sure how many families will take me up on my offer, but I hope most – if not all – do! I think this would be a great way to start the year as a team and I think this will help me get to know my new students better.
I’m optimistic that this will be a much more rewarding use of my time the week before school starts than decorating the classroom ever was…
Wish me luck!