Parents’ evening – it’s something that every teacher needs to learn to run well. Even if you have years of experience under your belt, chances are there will still be ways you can improve your communication with parents. Here are some tips:
- This might sound simple, but make sure you know every pupil’s name. Without the pupil there to jog your memory, it’s easy for you to lose track of who you are talking about!
- Give specific examples. This is something you probably always tell your students to do in their work and it’s something you need to do in yours too. If your student needs to work harder on their spelling, show their parents an example of a test where their son or daughter didn’t do so well, so that they understand what needs to be done.
- Give parents ways to help. Suggest practical ways in which they can assist their child with homework or with learning independently.