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There are a number of things that can be done to improve communication between the home and the school. Some of these can be initiated by the teacher and some can be initiated by the parent.
The best thing that a parent can do is simply to inform their child’s teacher when it becomes important to do so. For example, if a child tells the parent that they are having trouble with a concept, it is helpful if the parent informs the teacher. Teachers’ email and school phone numbers are typically provided to parents to facilitate communication.
Teachers have many other ways to improve communication with the parents of their students. Periodic progress reports, sent home either by email or on paper, are good ways of communicating. So are emails or phone calls that are triggered by a student starting to have trouble in a class. Teachers can also require students to get parent signatures on various things. For example, they can require parent signatures on planners that show what the child has to do for homework. By doing things like these, the teachers can keep parents fairly well up to date with regard to what is going on in their child’s class.
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